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Department students shine at SESAH conference

November 1, 2009
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L-R: Evan McWilliams, Kristin Rourke, Bradley Allen, Kelly Bressler and Nicholas Fuqua

Architectural History students did the department proud, playing an active role this past week at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians held in Jackson, Mississippi.  Four students delivered talks:

Kelly Bressler (MFA candidate), “Success at Arlington: The Rise and Demise of the Freedman’s Village”

Nicholas Fuqua (MFA candidate), “Hidden in Plain View: The Sites and Structures of Slave Processing in Charleston, SC, 1670-1865”

Evan McWilliams (MA candidate), “The Reredos at St. John’s Church, Savannah: Gothic Imitation and Innovation in the Twentieth Century”

Kristin Rourke (BFA candidate) paper entitled “The Guiding Star: The Starland Dairy and the Development and Redevelopment of a Suburban Community”

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Nicholas Fuqua (2nd from right) with SESAH President Catherine Bisher (center), SESAH Vice-President Michael Fazio and the two other student travel award winners

They were joined by undergraduate student Bradley Allen, attending paper sessions, tours, receptions and keynote addresses.  Nicholas Fuqua was awarded one of three student travel awards (Bressler received one at last year’s SESAH meeting).The students actively networked during breaks and receptions, meeting scholars from other institutions.  They also helped out as volunteers at the business meeting.

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Nicholas Fuqua, Kelly Bressler and a fellow paper presenter from the University of Virginia field questions following their papers

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