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Randolph Professor, Senior Head Research Presentation at National Conference

Duo conducts workshop at American Philological Association meeting

1/22/2009 11:14:06 AM

   
Brittany Stallings shows a completed mold for a Greek theatre mask.

LYNCHBURG – A Randolph College classics professor and senior spent part of their winter break heading a workshop at the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association.

Amy R. Cohen and Brittany Stallings ’09 were part of a joint panel Jan. 8-11 at the association’s national meeting in Philadelphia. The panel, “Linen in War and Drama: A Demonstration and Hands-On Workshop,” provided the Randolph duo with the opportunity to showcase their research and work on masks from Elektra, Randolph’s most recent Greek play.

The masks were part of two summer research projects headed by Cohen in 2006 and 2007. The research has also been published in the journal Didaskalia and has also been presented at other academic conferences.

“It's wonderful to see a project prompted by student interest in research lead to such dramatic results,” Cohen said.

During the January conference, Cohen and Stallings, a sociology and anthropology major with minors in classics and psychology, joined with Gregory S. Aldrete of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and his student, Scott Bartel. The pair demonstrated their research on ancient linen armor while Randolph’s pair focused on the advantages and process for using linen to make Greek theatrical masks.

“I can definitely mark it as a highlight in my academic career thus far,” Stallings said. The American Philological Association was founded in 1869 by "professors, friends, and patrons of linguistic science," and is the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations. While the majority of its members are university and college Classics teachers, members also include scholars in other disciplines, primary and secondary school teachers, and others.



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