Loyola University Maryland

Center for the Humanities

Big Dig IV: Poetry, Politics, and Psychology

On Friday, October 11, 2019 Loyola’s Center for the Humanities presented The Big Dig IV.  The celebration featured Loyola student summer research presentations, the annual Affilate Faculty Teaching Award presented to Dr. Lesley DiFransico, and the Nachbahr Address by Loyola professor Diane Chaffee-Sorace, Ph.D.

Loyola Students Presented Their Summer Research

Fury standing at mike Jillian Fury, '20
"Victoria Kent and Louise Crane: A Case Study in the Feminist Revolt against Franco"

Samantha Kennedy, '20 Kennedy Presentation before screen
"The Power of the Poem: An Examination of Slam Poetry in Building Communities that Empower"

 Meigs at Podium Jennifer Meigs, '20
"1950s America: Men in Gray Flannel Suits and Freud"

Summer Internship Recipient

Maren Ross, '20  Ross in front of microphone
United States Commercial Services, Frankfurt, Germany

Affiliate Teaching Award 2019

Osteen and DiFransico holding plaque
Dr. Lesley DiFransico, Theology Department
shown above with Dr. Mark Osteen, director of the Center for the Humanities

Nachbahr Address
Chaffee-Sorace at Podium

Dr. Diane Chaffee-Sorace, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures
"Poetic Puzzles to Challenge the Mind"

Past Events

The Big Dig III - Fall 2018

Nachbahr Address
  • Thomas Ward, Ph.D. - The Life of the Mind: When Class Overwhelms Race and Gender
Student Presentations
  • Beatrice King, ’19: Gramercy Global in Berlin Germany
  • Gail Rabasca, '19: National Endowment for the Humanities: Office of Congressional Affairs
  • Marisa Gochie, ’19: The Limits of Renewability: The Ethics of "Clean Energy" in Costa Rica
  • Phoebe Labat, ’19: Exploring the Connections between the Choctaws and the Irish during and after the Great Irish Famine
  • Hannah Loiselle, ’19: The Rise of Humanitarianism in the Middle East: The Early Years of the British Syrian Mission (1860-1891)
  • Megan Adlem, ’20: Excavating in the Aegean: The Case of Despotiko at College Year in Athens

Center for the Humanities Affiliate Teaching Award

  • Catherine Savell, M.A., Modern Languages and Literatures

The Big Dig II - Fall 2017

Nachbahr Address

Student Presentations

The Big Dig - Fall 2016

Student Presentations

Panel 1 - Digging Women

  • Katie Wright, Summer Study: Troia Archaeological Summer School and Halmyris Excavation
  • Ian McNeely, Research Fellowship: “The Female Ideal: Representation and Myth in Heliodorus’ Aithiopika”
  • Kelly Keenan, Research Fellowship: “Narratives of Women in the Rwandan Genocide”

Panel 2 - Learning Language and Law

  • Joshua Ziesel, “A Corpus-Based Linguistic Study of Greek Tragic Interjections in Roman New Comedy”
  • Calix O’Hara, Research Fellowship: “The Transcription and Analysis of Sentences Commentaries”
  • Joshua Ziesel, German Study at the Goethe Institut
  • Margaret Kenna, Internship, Hartford Superior Court: The Office of the Public Defender (Judicial District/Part A)

Panel 3 - Digging into Fine Art

  • Rebeccah Swerdlow, Research Fellowship: “Mariana Mirroring Penelope: A Case of Classical Influence on Pre-Raphaelite Painting”
  • Kelly Mueller, Internship at Western Reserve Historical Society