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Howard to discuss rhetoric and identity in 4th century bishops' letters

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Dr. Nathan Howard, UT Martin professor of history, will present “Bishops and Virtual Sparring in Late Antiquity” at 4 p.m., March 9, in the north reading room of the Paul Meek Library as part of the UT Martin Research Series. His research focuses on letters of the Cappadocians, three bishops from fourth-century Turkey who are the subject of Howard’s recent book, “Christianity and the Contest for Manhood in Late Antiquity”, published by Cambridge University Press.

Howard has traveled across the world to do research and present at conferences, including trips to Leeds, Oxford, London, England, Ireland, Greece and Turkey. He has received fellowships and grants from Dumbarton Oaks, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Marco Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Friends of the University of Wisconsin Libraries and the UT Martin Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Howard has taught at UT Martin since 2006. His primary research field is early church history, with an emphasis on the culture of letter writing, gender and bishops in late antiquity (300-600). Howard has led three overseas travel studies, directed three UT Martin University Scholars projects and served as a volunteer assistant coach for the UT Martin cross-country teams.

The monthly research series highlights the research of campus faculty, staff and students and is co-sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs and the Paul Meek Library. Light refreshments will be served, and parking for the reception will be in the library parking lot on Wayne Fisher Drive off Mt. Pelia Road. Parking permits are available online at by selecting the “Online Visitor Parking Permit” link.

For more information, contact Dr. Erik Nordberg, dean of the Paul Meek Library, at 731-881-



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