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Mount Saint Vincent to Host Medieval and Early Modern Undergraduate Symposium


Riverdale, N.Y. – Mount Saint Vincent is honored to host the third annual Hudson Valley Medieval and Early Modern Undergraduate Symposium on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  The program features the work of 14 exceptional undergraduate students from area institutions, including Iona College, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary College, SUNY New Paltz, and Fordham University. Students representing Mount Saint Vincent are Natalie Cruz ’18, Delaney Hauck ’18, and Nicole Quaranto ’18.

Ms. Cruz’s paper, “Beauty is Deadly,” is part of the panel “Women, Authority, and Paths to Power,” moderated by Christina Carlson, associate professor of English, Iona College. Ms. Hauck’s paper, “Hans Holbein: The First Advertiser,” is part of the panel “Identity and Performance,” moderated by Andrew Albin, assistant professor of English, Fordham University. Ms. Quaranto’s paper, “Lions and Tigers and… Bear Baiting? Deadly Pastimes and Recreations of Tudor England,” is part of the panel, “Materiality and Elite Culture,” moderated by Thomas Olsen, associate professor of English, SUNY New Paltz.

“Members of the Tudor Era, much like the people of today, engaged in various methods of recreation,” said Ms. Quaranto. “However, their rather gruesome idea of ‘fun’ carried dangerous repercussions throughout the burgeoning new age.”

The symposium will conclude with a keynote address by David Gallo, associate professor of History, Mount Saint Vincent, entitled “Katherine of Aragon and the Cost of Truth.”

“Katherine is often portrayed as the prelude or catalyst to the more interesting stories of [Henry VIII’s] other five wives,” Dr. Gallo said. “But she is a strong, heroic female warrior in her own right. The daughter of the great Isabella and Ferdinand, she saw her situation as a struggle, and as in any war, was willing to sacrifice her life—but not the truth as she knew it—which she knew would imperil her immortal soul.”

Mount Saint Vincent President Charles L. Flynn, Jr. will introduce Dr. Gallo.

The event is being funded through a Ministry Grant provided by the Sisters of Charity of New York.

Registration is free and the symposium is open to faculty and students from area colleges. For more information, or to register, please contact Dr. Cathryn McCarthy at

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.