Inter-University Undergraduate Student Conference Hosted by Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University and ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), would like to invite undergraduate students attending NAU, ASU, and UA as well as the public who are interested in topics related to the Middle Ages and Renaissance to a FREE conference hosted by Northern Arizona University.

Register for the Undergraduate Student Conference

Conference Date: October 20, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert E. Bjork, Director ACMRS
Conference Location: Ashurst Auditorium Click Here for an Interactive Map of Northern Arizona University

Schedule of Events
(please note this schedule is subject to change)

  • 10:00 am - 10:15 am (Ashurst Auditorium) - Registration/Check-in
  • 10:15 am - 10:30 am (Ashurst Auditorium) - Welcome
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am (Riles) - Session 1: The Middle Ages and Modern World (Moderator: Anne Scott)
  • 1. Matty Wolfe (Northern Arizona University), “The Sienese Palio and its Medieval Ancestors”

    2. Zara Glidden (Northern Arizona University), “Antoni Gaudí, Modern Medievalist”

    3. Lauren Mathews (Northern Arizona University), “Chess and Sex in Medieval Times and Today”

  • 11:30 am - 11:45 am - Break
  • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Ashurst Auditorium) - Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Ashurst Auditorium) - Keynote Address by Dr. Robert E. Bjork, Director ACMRS
  • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm - Break
  • 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm (Riles) - Session 2: War and Politics in the Middle Ages
  • 1. Gabrielle Anderson (Northern Arizona University), “The Baltic Crusades in the Undergraduate Classroom”

    2. Helen Siers (Northern Arizona University), “The Holy Office of the Inquisition”

    3. Terra Smith (Northern Arizona University), “The Political and Cultural Legacy of Joan of Arc”

  • 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Riles) - Session 3: Women, Emotions, and Devotion in Medieval Literature
  • 1. Katy Abbe (Northern Arizona University), “Narratives Aside: The Clerk’s and Chaucer’s Direct Pleas”

    2. Tristan Rebe (Arizona State University), “A Common Misperception of Saga Literature”

    3. Wyatt Wiggins (Northern Arizona University), “Medieval Sisterhoods: Correspondence, Miracles, and Redemption”

  • 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm - Break
  • 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm (Riles) - Session 4: Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Culture (Moderator: Anne Scott)
  • 1. Ariana Russell (Northern Arizona University), “The Positive Power of Female Characters in Beowulf”

    2. Arielle Mejia (Northern Arizona University), “Mothers as Protectors in Beowulf”

    3. Morgan Stevens (University of Arizona), “A Drunkard’s Paradise? A Brief Discourse on Medieval Anglo-Saxon Alcohol Consumption and Culture, 500 a.d.-1500 a.d.”

  • 5:15 pm - 5:30 pm - Closing Remarks
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    ACMRS coordinates programs at ASU, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Among the activities and programs the center sponsors are a semi-annual distinguished lecture and ad-hoc lecture series, an annual distinguished visiting professorship, an annual conference, a public symposium, and a summer study-abroad program in the United Kingdom.

    Ashurst Auditorium, 624 Knoles Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86001