Katherine Milco

"Perpetua's Two Audiences: the Passio as a Sacred Performance"

As a Martin Marty Junior Fellow, I look forward to a number of exciting opportunities this year. I welcome the chance to develop collegial relationships with other students of religion, particularly in an interdisciplinary environment. Moreover, the seminars and culminating conference will challenge me to express my ideas with clarity, not only to those outside of my discipline but to those outside the academic community. These occasions will push me to consider what is most essential and relevant about my research, which is a beneficial exercise for me as I bring my dissertation to completion this year. Finally, I am eager to develop and teach my own course treating the relationship between early Christianity and paganism in the Roman Empire. This experience will give me a great opportunity to integrate my research with my teaching. I am very grateful to the Martin Marty Center for providing these rich and rewarding opportunities to me during my final months as a student at the University of Chicago.