Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Two Undergraduates Present Conference Papers

This semester, two undergraduate history majors, Megan Meagher and Evan Thompson presented papers at conferences at Freie Universitat Berlin and Bucknell University.

In October, Megan Meagher attended the "Prophets, Viziers, and Philosophers: Figures of Wisdom in Arabic Literature, 8th to 11th C." international conference at Freie Universitat Berlin. Megan participated in the "Mirror of Princes Literature in Arabic" panel. She gave a half-hour presentation on "Hadith and its Making of the Prophet: Unraveling the Logic of Legitimacy through Hermeneutics", which was well-received by professors from Georgetown, London, Budapest, and Germany.

Evan Thompson is currently working with Dr. Kyle Roberts on the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project. This project aims to rebuild the original Saint Ignatius College library from 1878. Over the course of their research, they have discovered several books with histories that spread far and wide through time and space. While continuing to catalog and photograph those books that still survive in our libraries, Evan had attempted to piece together the histories of these books. In November, Evan presented the paper "Analog Library Books and Digital Scholarly Collaboration" at the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference. Evan's research was also well received by conference participants.

Congratulations to Megan and Evan for their scholarly achievements!