Loyola University Maryland

Center for the Humanities

Celebrate the Humanities: Teaching, Learning, Research

Friday, September 30, 2022

The Center for the Humanities honored Dr. Martha Taylor, chair and professor of Classics, who delivered the 2022 Nachbahr Address,"What makes an Aristogeiton?" We also honored Prof. Ursula Sayers-Ward, Teaching Professor in Modern Languages and Literatures, the recipient of the 2022 CFH Teaching Faculty Excellence Award. This year's event additionally featured short oral presentations by the recipients of the CFH Student Summer Fellowships, the recipient of a CFH Summer Internship Stipend, and the recipient of a CFH Summer Study Program Stipend.

A reception honoring Dr. Taylor followed, during which attendees learned more about the summer work of our student fellows and stipend recipients through their poster presentations. 

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Watch the 2022 Event Recording

Nachbahr Address

  • Martha Taylor, PhD. "What makes an Aristogeiton?"

Loyola Student Summer Research Presentations

  • Tyler Bluestein: “Navigating the World with the Political Compass” - Advisor: Rick Boothby
  • Nick Bosi: “J. L. Austin, Immanuel Kant, and the Aesthetics of the Social” - Advisor: Mavis Biss
  • Scott Clifford: “Jean Toomer and his Search for Self” - Advisor:Mark Osteen
  • Sam Dickson: "Ripper: A Full-Length Screenplay" - Advisor: Lucas Southworth
  • Patrick McGinnis: "Paulitics: Persecution, Slavery, and Politics in Pauline Scripture" - Advisor: Zachary Smith
  • Tommy Menzie: "The American Flag: A Symbol of Unity or Division?" - Advisor: Paola Pascual-Ferrá

Summer Internship Recipients

  • Tom Mortimer: Office of Rep. John Sarbanes, Maryland's 3rd Congressional District 

Summer Study Programs

  • Christina Guerra, Spartan Archaeological Excavation through the Hellenic Education Research Center

Teaching Faculty Excellence Award 2022

  • Ursula Sayers-Ward, Modern Languages and Literatures

Past Events & Presentations

The Big Dig VI - Fall 2021

Nachbahr Address

  • No Nachbahr Award was presented in 2021

Loyola Student Summer Research Presentations

  • Mhret Alemu: “The Problem with Ethnicity due to Colonial and Cold War Legacies” - Advisor: Oghenetoja Okoh
  • Julia Cataneo: “Journey of the Soul: Medieval Cartography between Christianity and Islam” - Advisor: Kelly DeVries
  • Dulce Diaz-Alvarenga: “Life in War: A Chronicle of War-Time El Salvador 1970-1999” - Advisor: David Carey
  • Stephen Kaiser: “The Earls of Warwick: From Conquerors to Kingmakers” - Advisor: Kelly DeVries

Summer Internship Recipients

  • Anna Graff: Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees (MORA), Baltimore, MD
  • Cara Kossuth: Fourth District Council Office of Mark Conway, Baltimore, MD
  • Claire Svoboda: VR/XR Technology Services, Loyola-Notre Dame Library, Baltimore, MD
Affiliate Teaching Award 2021


  • Gerard Blair, Lecturer, Communications
  • Brandon Parlopiano, Lecturer, History 

The Big Dig V - Fall 2020

Nachbahr Address

  • Kathleen Forni, Ph.D. - The Learning Paradox: Why Knowing How Much You Know Matters

Student Summer Research Presentations

  • Margaret Irwin: “Maryland Asylum and Training School for the Feeble-Minded” 
  • Ema-Joanne Brauchler: “Heinrich Bullinger: The Lost Protestant Theologian” 
  • Madeline Spath: “Isobel Gowdie: A Case Study of Scottish Witch Folklore and Witch Trials” 
  • Brandon Miller: “Philosophy since Decolonization: A Study of Recent African and Africana Philosophy” 
  • Shannon Ward: “Recapturing the Adolescent Reader: Discerning Literary Themes that Excite and Inspire” 
  • Mark Rose: “The Thomist Understanding of Christ’s Corpse Separated from His Soul in the Tomb”

Summer Study Fellowship

  • Brittany Romanoff: Kaqchikel Maya Language Training at Mayan Language Institute, June 14-July 25, 2020 - Advisor: David Carey

Summer Internship Recipient

  • Mia Conde: Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Public Policy and Legislative Affairs: Washington, DC

Center for the Humanities Affiliate Teaching Award

  • Giuliana Risso Robberto, Modern Languages and Literatures

The Big Dig IV - Fall 2019

The Big Dig II - Fall 2017

Nachbahr Address

Student Presentations

Center for the Humanities Affiliate Faculty Teaching Award

  • Inas Hassan, Modern Languages and Literatures

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

Center for the Humanities Affiliate Teaching Award

  • Matthew Moser, Ph.D., Theology