September 2018

Ruen-chuan Ma - September 27, 1pm

Reading Stained Glass and Parchment: Reimagining Time and Space in Medieval Literature and Beyond

Bingham Gallery

This talk explores the literary and historical contexts of some of the medieval manuscript images depicted in the Roots of Knowledge exhibit. In doing so, it aims to demonstrate how manuscript page design reflects major reading practices prevalent throughout much of the medieval world, in particular the multilingual—English, French, Latin—social and political setting of medieval England. Zeroing in on Columns L and M, we will take a close look at an image taken from the Eadwine Psalter -an extraordinary illuminated manuscript produced in Canterbury, England during the 12th-century. The Psalter contains glosses and commentary on the Psalms in three languages, a series of illustrations that narrates the text of the Psalms, and even a marginal drawing of a comet (possibly in reference to a sighting of Halley's Comet in 1145).


Assistant Professor, English and Literature Department

Ruen-chuan Ma is an Assistant Professor in the English and Literature Department at UVU. He teaches writing and medieval and early modern literature courses in the English Department, as well as “Ancient Legacies” for the Honors Program. His research focuses on the history of the book in 14th-and 15th-century England and France, specifically how the page design and physical organization of medieval manuscripts inform ideas of reading among Chaucer and his contemporaries. This year, he is also serving as a faculty advisor for Essais, the English Department’s student-run journal of literary criticism.

October 2018

Hilary Hungerford - October 5, 1pm

All Roots Need Water

Bingham Gallery

Human society would not exist without water. I will first examine water and its role in the foundations of human society with examples from the ROK. I will then look at contemporary struggles over water as more than just access to resources, but struggles over survival, identity, and the future.


Associate Professor of Geography

Hilary Hungerford is a geographer who studies human-environment interactions. Most of her work has looked at water in African cities, and through these endeavors she learned that the axiom “water is life” truly is a universal theme. Water is articulated in different places very differently, and thinking about who has water and who doesn’t have water can be a useful way into looking at ideas of rights, citizenship, identity, and questions about the future. Hilary is originally from Colorado, received her PhD from University of Kansas in Geography and African Studies, and was pregnant with both of my children while doing research in West Africa.

Ross Hagen - October 23, 1pm

A Question of Time: Music in the Historical Record

Bingham Gallery

This lecture explores the special challenges of historiography as it relates to music and other art forms that take place as events unfolding in time. Our access to these artworks today is dependent on methods of preservation and repetition, even as these methods invariably color our perceptions of the music of the past.


Assistant Professor, Music Studies

Ross Hagen in Assistant Professor of Music Studies at Utah Valley University Orem, USA. His diverse research includes articles on heavy metal music, music fan cultures, avant-garde music, and musical medievalism. He is also active as a bassist and composer.

November 2018

Bob deWitt - November 8, 1pm

Recreating the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in 3D

Bingham Gallery

This presentation will take a look at the two major contenders for this honor: the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb examining the arguments for each site, but will especially focus on the fascinating and turbulent history of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher from its beginning in a quarry just to the west of Jerusalem, to a Roman temple built over the site, to the Constantinian complex, to the Byzantine Church of the Resurrection, to the present-day Crusader structure; presenting each of the iterations of the church with carefully-researched 3D models.


Professor, Art/Visual Communications

Bob received his Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Art from Brigham Young University in 1972, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He worked in various Commercial Art studios in Mesa, Arizona doing everything from illustration to brochure, billboard, product, architectural rendering and logo design before returning to BYU in 1979 to earn an MFA in Painting and Drawing. He then freelanced in illustration and worked three years in the animation industry until he was hired as a founding member of the Utah Technical College (“the Tech”) art program in 1986, teaching in all disciplines. Thirty-three years later he is the only remaining member of the original faculty. While teaching full time, he returned to BYU in the millennial year of 2000 and earned a Master’s Degree in Art History, specializing in ancient cultures. Meanwhile, he taught himself 3D computer modeling, primarily to re-create ancient architecture for his Art History lectures. His Master’s Thesis explored the various iterations of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, recreating it’s three major identities. He now teaches Art History and 3-D Computer Modeling at UVU and is still passionate about using 3D software to recreate all kinds of things, but especially ancient architecture.

Maritza Sotomayor - November 28, 1pm

Trade Protectionism in the Era of Globalization

Bingham Gallery


Associate Professor: Finance & Economics

Maritza teaches economics in the Business school, her teaching approach is to focus on applied Economics. Therefore, her teaching philosophy is based on the connection between theoretical concepts and how these concepts can be applied to different areas of knowledge. One of her main goals is for students to be able to analyze and digest information from a new perspective. Her purpose is to make Economics comprehensible to them as a significant element of a well-rounded college education. She believes the fundamentals of Economics can help people to make better choices and become better citizens

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