Student presents at Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Saturday December 8, 2012

On December 1st, senior Benjamin Wallin presented his paper, “Teresa of Avila: A Charismatic Evangelical?” at the Seventh Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies held at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. The paper session in which Ben presented was entitled “Evolving Spiritual Legacies.” The other two presenters were Jenna Randall of the University of Mary Washington and Lauren Bucca of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The moderator for Wallin’s session was Dr. Eric Johnson, history professor at Kutztown University, who provided helpful feedback for the students to extend their projects. Wallin was accompanied by Dr. Kevin Pinkham, Assistant Professor of English. This is the second time Nyack College students have presented papers at this conference.

About his experience, Wallin writes,

Last Saturday, I attended Moravian College’s Medieval Conference to present a paper on Teresa of Avila and her growing popularity amongst Evangelicals with Dr. Kevin Pinkham. I have heard unnerving stories about these academic conferences where a snobby audience member will pose stumbling questions which seek to tear down everything one has presented. However, this conference had no hint of such animosity. All the students I interacted with had a similar nervousness and timidity as I thought was only belonging to me, and all of them were presenting papers for the first time.

The panel I was part of, Evolving Spiritual Legacies,” consisted of two other students.
Following, all the presentations, the moderator, a professor at Kudtztown university gave feedback for each presenter. His encouragement and suggestion for further development on my research deconstructed all my preconceived notions of the haughty academic realm. This conference was not about being showy, or presenting groundbreaking research. Instead, the conference was a means for undergrads interested in an academic future to have a taste of the Academic Conference, an appropriate stepping stone for the more arduous professional conferences. 

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