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Marco Graduate Student Updates

Stefan Hodges-Kluck, Department of History

Stefan Hodges-Kluck was Marco’s Haslam Dissertation Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. During that time, he completed the chapters of his dissertation and submitted an article, titled “Religious Education and the Health of the Soul according to Basil of Caesarea and the Emperor Julian,” to Studia Patristica (forthcoming in fall 2017). Additionally, in May of 2016 Stefan presented at the North American Patristics Society’s annual meeting in Chicago, on “Lessons in Nicene Paideia: Gregory of Nyssa’s Memorials to Gregory Thaumaturgus, Basil of Caesarea, and Meletius of Antioch.” In December of 2016 he defended his dissertation, titled “Ascetic Bodies: Philosophical Self-Presentation in Late Antique Cappadocia.” During the 2016-17 academic year, he is teaching early Christian history in the Department of Religious Studies.

Kyrie Miranda, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Hispanic Studies

The academic year of 2015-2016 was busy for Kyrie Miranda. In September of 2015, she presented her paper “Ghost Ship: A Demonstration of Spanish Cultural Hegemony through the Chilotean Legend of El Caleuche” at the Underwater Worlds: Aquatic Visions in Art, Science and Literature conference held by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities in Oxford, England. Her paper will be published by Palgrave MacMillian along with a collection of other essays from the conference in Spring 2017 under the tentative working title Underwater World Essay Collection. In spring of 2016, she presented her paper “Zoological Descriptions and Authorial Intent: A Brief Study of Chronicles Written by Medieval Europeans in the New World” at the 28th Annual Symposium held by the Medieval Studies Institute at Indiana University (Bloomington). During the summer of 2016, she taught an intensive intermediate-level Spanish course (223) for the UT Study Abroad program in Santander, Spain. Beginning in autumn of 2016, she has assumed the duties of course manager for Spanish 111/112.

Lydia Walker, Department of History

Lydia Walker presented two papers during the 2015-2016 academic year: “Processions, Alms, and Arms: Reform and Crusade in the Thirteenth Century,” at the American Studies in Church History conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and “Performative Piety: Innocent III and the Ideology of Penance” in Rome, at the Concilium Lateranense IV: Commemorating the Octocentenary of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215. For the 2016-2017 academic year Lydia is based at the University of Ghent as a Fulbright scholar, where she is conducting research at numerous libraries throughout Belgium. She was also awarded the American Academy of Rome Affiliated Fellowship to be completed in June 2017, where she will continue her work on gender and crusade as seen in the works of Jacques de Vitry.