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Susan Grunewald '11 (from left), Samuel Strong '12, Professor Ida Sinkevic, Noel Kellogg '11, and Megan Cassidy '12

Earlier this month, four Lafayette students presented research at the Fifth Undergraduate Conference in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at Moravian College. More than 100 students from colleges and universities across the nation participated.

The Lafayette presenters were part of the Byzantine Art course taught by Ida Sinkevic, associate professor of art. The class explores the art and architecture of Asian, Balkan, Eastern European, and Mediterranean countries during the period of Byzantine rule from 343-1453. Under Sinkevic’s guidance, the students extended their research beyond the course requirements, and their papers were accepted by a professional jury.

Megan Cassidy ’12 (Manalapan, N.J.), an art major, presented “Justinian, Procopius, and Hagia Sophia: Comparing Popular and Official Depictions of the Emperor in Literature;” Susan Grunewald ’11 (Wilton, Conn.), a Russian and East European studies major, presented “St. Sophia in Constantinople and Its Influences on Kievan Rus’;” Noel Kellogg ’11 (Greensboro, Mass.), a biochemistry major, presented “A Chemical Perspective on Hagia Sophia;” and Samuel Strong ’12 (Coplay, Pa.), an art major, presented “Apse and Orthodoxy: The Patriarch Photios and the Apse of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.”

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