On December 5, 2015, Hannah and Ben presented their research at the Tenth Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At the Digital Humanities Conference at Davidson in November, the focus was on the timeline itself. At Moravian, Hannah and Ben had almost an hour to present their own research — Hannah’s on the three operas that feature Essex (Mercadante’s Il Conte d’Essex, Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, and Britten’s Gloriana) and Ben’s on the connection of Shakespeare’s Richard II to Essex and the February 8, 1601, uprising. Unlike many of the student presenters at the conferences who simply read their papers, Hannah and Ben stood and spoke spontaneously and articulately about their topics, using only prompts from their Power Point slides and the Timeline itself.
The rest of the day proved very worthwhile, as we attended diverse sessions on “Differing Desires,” “Others and Outcasts,” “Rethinking Shakespeare,” and “Mothers and Motherlessness.” We also enjoyed a lively keynote talk on Beowulf by Professor Michael Drout from Wheaton College.