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History student wins best paper award at medieval conference

On Saturday, April 22, the Texas Wesleyan history program was represented at the sixth annual Conference of the Medievalists and Early Modernists of North Texas and Oklahoma (MEMNTO) by Selina Humphrey. This unique interdisciplinary undergraduate conference, hosted by the University of North Texas, provided an opportunity for interested students, who are often at institutions with few medieval and early modern professors, to experience the diversity of academic approaches to this fascinating period.  

From among many presentations by area undergraduate students, Selina Humphrey’s paper titled “Dancing with Disobedience: Freedom Found in Medieval Art” won for best undergraduate paper. The judges for the award, sponsored by Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations at the University of Dallas, noted that Selina’s paper “deftly examines how women’s religious devotion served as avenues for greater sexual expression, empowerment and religious experience” and that her work was “a breath of fresh air.” Selina, who is double majoring in history and English, conducted her research under the supervision of Dr. Alistair Maeer. 

The day's keynote, delivered by Dr. Jessica Ward, entitled "'How Shall the World be Served?’: The (Re)Vison of the Professional Virtues in the Canterbury tales and the Digital Humanities," challenged the audience to study the exciting possibilities of computing and the humanities.  

For more information about this and other opportunities through the Texas Wesleyan history program, visit

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