Public Talks

“Cannibals, Killer Ants, and Dog-Headed Men: The Marvels of Medieval Travel Writing.” Dies Academicus, University of Bonn, 20 May 2015.

Invited Talks

“Feminist Scholarship and Embodied Experience.” Feminism with/out Gender Roundtable, 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 11-14 May 2017.

“Ambivalent Charisma: Power, Vulnerability, and Legendary Women.” Gender and Power in the Middle Ages Workshop, University of Chicago, 8-9 May 2017.

“Public Writing: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Get Started.” University of Lausanne, 2 March 2017.

“Veiling Time: The Fascination of Older Women in Medieval Literature.” University of Lausanne, 1 March 2017.

“Humanities Scholarship Across Borders.” University of Leeds, 6 December 2016.

“The Wife of Bath.” Erzählliteratur des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit. Workshop zum Anneliese Maier Forschungspreis. University of Cologne, 14-15 November 2016.

“How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Public Humanities.” Workshop for graduate students, Ohio University, 7 October 2016.

“The Dark Side of Food Writing.” Literary reading. Ohio University, 6 October 2016.

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“Literacy and Longing in the Old English Solomon and Saturn I.” Ohio State University, 3 October 2016.

“The Pros and Cons of Crossover Writing.” Workshop for students and faculty. Ohio State University, 3 October 2016.

“Boethius and Andreas: An Affair to Remember.” Harvard University, 28 September 2016.

Guest speaker in English 120: Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, Yale University (online), 25 July 2016.

“Glutton Poetry.” New York University, 25 April 2016.

“Phantom Ascetics and the Fluid Desert.” Part of a workshop on“The Desert in Historical Imagination,” with Ann Marie Yasin and Vittoria di Palma. UC Irvine, 11 March 2016.

“Eating the Enemy in Medieval Literature.” UC San Diego, 10 March 2016.

“Rumba Under Fire: On Public Humanities and Times of Crisis.” Mellon Public Scholars Program, UC Davis, 8 March 2016.

“The Charisma of Older Women.” UC Davis, 8 March 2016.

“Kids and Books: A Tale of Mutual Destruction.” Part of in “Literary Machine or War Machine: Violence Between Books and Bodies” session, 4th Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, Toronto, ON, 9-11 October 2015.

Guest talk for the graduate students of the University of Toronto Medieval Centre on communicating research to a broader audience. Toronto, ON, 8 October 2015.

“Plundering the Past in Old and Middle English Poetry.” Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, 19 June 2015.

“Anxious Appropriation: On Spoliation and Self-Eating in Medieval English Poetry.” Material Artefacts: Reading the Past through Archaeological Objects in Medieval British Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, 5-7 June 2015.

“Vulnerable Heroines in Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women.” Heroinnen und Heldinnen in Geschichte, Kunst und Literatur. Centre for the Classical Tradition Arbeitstagung, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 23-24 April 2015.

Participant in “The Futures of Medieval Studies and the Academy: A Panel Discussion” with Barbara Rosenwein and Mary Carruthers. Medieval Academy of America 90th Annual Meeting, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN, 12-14 March 2015.

“Cannibals, Revenants, and Angels of Stone: The Wondrous Poetics of the Old English Andreas.” Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium, Columbia University, 10 March 2015.

“Grammatik und Gefühl: Übungswissen im frühneuzeitlichen Schulunterricht.” Übungswissen in Religion und Philosophie. Produktion, Weitergabe, Wandel. Part of Sonderforschungsbereich 980 “Episteme in Bewegung. Wissenstransfer von der alten bis in die frühe Neuzeit,” Freie Universität Berlin, 4-5 December 2014.

“Terence and the Pedagogy of Emotions.” Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY, 27-29 March 2014.

“Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Smack Word: The Mutability of Speech that Hurts.” Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 16 January 2014. Also taught graduate seminar on Ælfric Bata’s Colloquies on 17 January 2014.

Speaker on the “Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Profession” panel, Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, 9-12 January 2014.

“Old Wine in New Bottles: On Ancient Pedagogy and Anglo-Saxon Artfulness.” Sonderforschungsbereich 980 “Episteme in Bewegung. Wissenstransfer von der alten bis in die frühe Neuzeit,” Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, 6 December 2013.

“Wonder, Pain, and Riddles: Three Modes of Teaching in the Old English Andreas.” Institute for English Philology, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, July 10, 2013.

“The Surprising Strategies of Premodern Language Teachers.” Netzwerktagung der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Karlsruhe, Germany, November 28-30, 2012.

“Anglo-Saxons and their Sources.” Institute for English Philology, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, June 23, 2011.

“Augustine’s De magistro and Old English Poetry.” University of North Texas, Denton, TX, February 28, 2011.

“Saturn’s Melancholic Sources.” Texas Medieval Association, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, September 24-26, 2010.

“Saturnian Poetics.” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2010.

“Charisma, Pain, and Pedagogy in the Life of Mary of Egypt.” Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Colloquium, Yale University, November 10, 2008.

“The Poetry of Beowulf.” Institute for English Philology, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, June 27, 2008.

“Ælfric Bata’s Easy Guide to Learning Latin the Hard Way.” Yale Medieval Colloquium, March 6, 2007.

“A digital Bildungsroman.” Bringing Text Alive: The Future of Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Electronic Publication (Text Creation Partnership Conference), University of Michigan, Sept. 15-6, 2006.

“How to cure queasiness, heart cysts, the accidental swallowing of worms, barren wives, haemorrhoids, fistulas, memory loss, elfin enchantment, and a poor wardrobe.” (Talk on the Pater Noster in English literature.) Yale Medieval Colloquium, March 22, 2006.

Conference Presentations

“Ambivalent Asceticism: Mary of Egypt and the Desert.” 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 11-14 May 2017.

“Reading Scripture with Riddles.” Geheimnis und Verborgenes im Mittelalter. 17. Symposium des Mediävistenverbandes, Bonn, 19-22 March 2017.

“Schooling Synonymy.” New Chaucer Society 2016 Congress, London, 10-15 July 2016.

“Wayde Compton’s ‘Afro-Saxon’ Poetics” and “What Good Are the Arts in Crisis?” MLA “Other Europes” International Symposium, Düsseldorf, 23-25 June 2016.

“Cleopatra.” (Dance and short paper performance). 4th Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, Toronto, ON, 9-11 October 2015.

“Learning Feeling from Terence and his Interpreters.” 20th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 28-31 July, 2015.

“Literary Multilingualism in Everyday Life: The Case of Early Modern Vulgaria.” Erfahren oder erzeugt? Zum Leben der Sprachdifferenz, Universität Luxemburg, 13-14 October, 2014.

“Humane Teaching and the Old English St. Andrew.” The Middle Ages in the Modern World, University of St Andrews, June 25-28, 2013.

“Feeling by the Book: Affect in Second-Language Instructional Texts.” SAUTE 2013: Emotion, Affect, Sentiment: The Language and Aesthetics of Feeling. University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 19-20 April 2013.

“Playful Appropriation and the Anglo-Saxon Scholar.” Des nains ou des géants? Emprunter, créer au Moyen Âge, CESCM, Poitiers, July 4-8, 2011.

“Learning Desire in the Old English Solomon and Saturn I.” Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-15, 2011.

“Poems in Prison: The Survival Strategies of Romanian Political Prisoners in the 1950s and 1960s.” After the End: Medieval Studies, the Humanities, and the Post-Catastrophe, Austin, TX, November 4-6, 2010.

“Terpsichore.” After the End: Medieval Studies, the Humanities, and the Post-Catastrophe, Austin, TX, November 4-6, 2010.

“Troubling Teaching in Cynewulf’s Elene.” Southeastern Medieval Association. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, October 15-17, 2009.

“Bede’s Pedagogy of the Unexpressed.” Medieval Education in Perspective Conference. Bangor University, Wales, June 13, 2008.

“Classroom Performances in Anglo-Saxon Colloquies.” 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2008.

“Saga Studies on the Job Market” (Roundtable) 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2008.

“Humour and the Teaching of Latin in Ælfric Bata’s Colloquies.” Southeastern Medieval Association. Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, October 4-6, 2007.

“Ælfric Bata’s Cruel School.” Echoing Anglo-Saxon England: Continuities, Encounters, Influence. (Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium.) Columbia University, February 16, 2007.

“Satanic Students and Sadistic Supervisors in the Old English Solomon and Saturn Poems.” Medieval Instabilities: Columbia University Medieval Guild Conference. October 14, 2006.

“The Fish in the Enigma and the Enigma in the Fish.” (Anglo-Saxon Riddles) Beyond the Horizons: Medieval Epistemologies of Communication, University of California-Berkeley, March 6-7, 2004.

“From the Boards to the Boardroom: Shakespeare, Machiavelli, and modern management training.” Siena Convivium, Siena College, Loudonville, NY, October 10-11, 2003.

“Taking the Dusty Old Rappers off of Beowulf: Flyting and the demonstration of male status in rap music.” Midwest Modern Language Association, Minneapolis, November 8-10, 2002.