Academic Papers Presented
“At the Millennium: Henry II and his Bishops from 1014 to 2014,” in Henry II and his Bishops sponsored by Episcopus: Society for the Study of Bishops and Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages and Conventus: Problems of Religious Communal Life in the High Middle Ages at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England, July 7-10, 2014.
“The Vercelli Roll: The No-Thing That It Is and the Thing It Might Be,” in No/Thing: Medieval Art and Apophasis at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2014.
“Episcopus ‘al Fresco’: Episcopal Iconography in the Painted Programs of Northern Italy at the turn the Millennium,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 2013.
“From Aquileia to Aosta: An Art of Northern Italy or Bishops at the Borders,” International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10, 2012.
“The Bishop’s Two Bodies,” The Midwest Art History Society, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 15, 2011.
“Magnani, Morandi & Medieval ‘Modernism’,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Richmond, Virginia, October 20, 2010.
“A Bishop’s Blessing on the Border or In-between: The Frontispiece in the Benedictional of Engilmar,” Hagiotheca: Saintly Bishops and Bishops' Saints in Porec, Croatia, May 27-30, 2010.
“Images on the Edge and About the Center: “Ottonian” Art in Northern Italy” International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13, 2010.
"In a Space Between: Fragmentary Frescoes at Aosta and the Problem of the Middle Ages" 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies on in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 11, 2008.
“A Romanesque Church with a Roman Floor, Ottonian Murals and a Baroque Ceiling? Mixed Messages and Modern Meanings at Aosta,” 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10, 2007.
"Space and Spirituality: Public and Private Aspects of Liturgical Celebration," Southeastern College Art Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 28, 2005.
“Episcopal Sanctity and Earthly Authority: A Study in Liturgical Portraiture from Saints' Lives to Sacramentaries,” The International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 16, 2003.
“Act and Ideology: Liturgical Performance and Episcopal Politics in Medieval Dedication Miniatures,” The 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 9, 2003.
“Episcopal Authorities in Liturgical Portraiture from Ottonian Manuscript Illumination,” North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (sponsored jointly by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 23, 2002.
“Portraiture as Politics in the Sacramentary of Warmundus d'Ivrea," Southeastern College Art Conference, Columbia, South Carolina, October 26, 2001.
"Reading the Heavens: An Eschatological Interpretation of the Signs of the Zodiac and the Ascension of Christ on the Quedlinburg Portable Altar," The Graduate Student Symposium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, March 27, 1998. (Received Gunther P. Stamm Azward for outstanding paper.)
Session Organizer / Moderator / Respondent
“Image and Episcopacy: The Art of the Bishop" International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13, 2011, organizer.
“Iconography of the Episcopacy: Bishops and/in the Image,” with Diane J. Reilly, Indiana University, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 13, 2009, respondent.
“Codex, Church, and Charter: Bishops as Patrons in the Middle Ages,” International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 9, 2009, moderator.
Session Co-Chair, “Architecture’s Narrative: Spaces and the Stories they Tell,” Southeastern College Art Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, October, 25-28, 2006, co-organizer.
“A Roundtable Discussion on Gender in the Visual Arts,” ACS Women's/Gender Studies Conference, March 26-27th, Furman University, 2004, session chair and moderator.
"From Aquileia to Aosta: A North Italian Painting at the turn of the Millennium?," Visiting Artist Series, SUNY Plattsburgh, October 4, 2012.
“Medieval Secrets in Modern Italy,” guest lecture, Greenville, South Carolina for Elon University’s Board of Visitors, November 1, 2008.
"Lost in the Attic: Medieval Frescoes from Northern Italy,” Family Weekend at Elon University, September 27, 2008.
"An Iconography of Episcopacy in late Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Manuscripts," Invited lecture at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, April 20, 2005.
“Ecclesia and the Episcopacy: Liturgical Politics and the Portraiture of Sigebert of Minden,” Middle Atlantic Symposium, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2004.
“A Journey into Xibalba: The Meso-American Ballgame,” Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina.
“More Than a Medievalist: Teaching the General while Writing the Specific”, International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 14, 2011.
“Slide Projector, Data Projector, ARTstor, and More?: Rethinking Pedagogical Practice and Technology Talk” (co-Presenter with Todd A. Nicolet), Teaching and Transformation: Transforming students, transforming campuses, transforming ourselves (Innovation in Instruction Conference) Elon University, North Carolina, August 16, 2007.
"Seeing and Believing: Looking at Religious Art from the Medieval to the Early Modern Era," North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, January 22, 2001 (presentation to museum docents)