Senior Philosophy major Hannah Pettorini presented a paper on empathy and literature at the 5th Annual Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (MUCH), held at Wartburg College on November 7, 2015.
Hannah describes her experience:
I presented at the MUCH conference over my Value Theory final paper. “Literature as an Agent for Empathy” is about the emotional engagement between the text and the reader. I was inspired by the works of Vernon Lee and her writing on aesthetics. By the time I presented at MUCH, I had already presented at the Simpson Undergraduate Research Symposium. Presenting the paper a second time help me find new things in the essay to work on and improve. Overall the experience was highly educational and a fun time.