PhD student Madison Gilmore-Duffey and doctoral candidate Sarah Mathiesen received competitive grants this fall to attend Study Day at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard Center for Byzantine Studies, in Washington, D.C. The event included the study of collection objects not on display; lectures and workshops centered around the exhibition Lasting Impressions: People, Power, Piety; and opportunities to forge new networks with Dumbarton Oaks curators and students from across the nation.
Study Day was an amazing professional and academic experience. We were able to interact with Byzantine lead seals, amulets, rings, and manuscripts with some of the most distinguished curators in Byzantine Studies. We discussed the processes involved in curating an exhibit, how to display challenging material, and ways we can utilize various media in our own academic research—all in the heart of Byzantine Studies in the U.S.