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Diane Favro
Diane Favro

Reconceiving Pre-Modern Spaces is the topic of the eleventh annual Marco Symposium to be hosted by UT’s Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies March 6 through 8.

The symposium will feature scholars from various disciplines exploring ways in which pre-modern peoples conceived of space—as a physical reality, philosophical idea, and topic of artistic expression.

Diane Favro, professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver the keynote address, “Bricks into Marble: Reverse Engineering Augustan Rome,” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library.

The keynote address and all lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Volunteer Hall garage, located at 1545 White Avenue.

“The symposium broaches some of our own moment’s most pressing concerns about the built and natural environment and about the role of geography in shaping politics and culture,” explained Heather Hirschfeld, the Riggsby Director of Marco. “We are especially excited that the plenary speaker, Diane Favro, will be discussing the use of digital humanities, which interprets the cultural and social impact of new media and information technologies, as part of the scholarship of the early periods.”

The symposium sessions will be held at the International House Great Room, 1623 Melrose Avenue. The sessions will be led by speakers from UT, Cornell University, Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Minnesota, Monash University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Washington, Washington University, the University of Virginia, and North Carolina State University.

The symposium is sponsored by the Marco Institute, the Department of History, the College of Architecture and Design, the School of Music, the Hodges Better English Fund, and Ready for the World.

For more information on the symposium, visit the Marco Institute or call 865-974-1859.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,