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MemberHope Walker

is an Art Historian and full-time Instructor at Western Governors University in the Humanities Department. Her research interest is Netherlandish painters and other emigre crafts-persons living in Tudor England. She has an MA in the History of Art from American University and an MPhil in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute. Prior to her career in art history and academia, Hope worked in documentary television and the non-profit sector. 

DepositAlguns aspetos de transformação musical na Catedral de Évora (Portugal) no Barroco: A produção musical de Pedro Vaz Rego nas primeiras décadas do século XVIII

A Catedral de Évora foi um importante centro musical português entre os séculos XVI e XIX onde inúmeros compositores ocuparam postos no seu serviço musical produzindo repertório para uso nessa instituição. Enquanto para os séculos XVI e XVII não sobreviveu muito repertório, para as últimas décadas do século XVII e XVIII um número substancial de fontes proporcionam um vislumbre da atividade musical na Catedral, nomeadamente do compositor Pedro Vaz Rego. Através de um estudo analítico da sua produção musical focando as caraterísticas de um estilo antigo predominantemente polifónico e do estilo moderno concertado, pretendeu-se identificar algumas particularidades deste compositor. No grupo de obras analisadas percebe-se que Rego foi simultaneamente autor de obras em estilo antigo, mais conservadoras, e de obras que apontam para o que se produzia nas instituições musicais portuguesas, nomeadamente a Patriarcal de Lisboa onde o estilo italiano estava implantado, influenciando-se mutuamente.

Deposit‘Till Death Do Us Part: The Halachic Prospects of Marriage for Conjoined (Siamese) Twins

This thought experiment considers whether Siamese (Conjoined) are allowed to marry according to Halacha. It considers various aspects of the Biblical bans on incest and offers a very contemporary discussion about the meaning of personhood. This paper uses medical journals, works on medical history, and various responsa to find a precedent and paradigm by which this question can be considered.

MemberYizhou Xu

Yizhou (Joe) Xu is a PhD Student in Media & Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Communication Arts. His research interest deals with the software development industry in China, particularly dealing with the roles of state policy, digital labor, and platforms. Prior to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Joe was a documentarian and broadcast journalist based in Beijing working for new agencies including CBS News, NPR, and Swiss TV. 

MemberPierce Salguero

I am an interdisciplinary humanities scholar fascinated by the intersections between Buddhism, medicine, and crosscultural exchange. I have a Ph.D. in History of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and teach Asian history, religion, and culture at Penn State University’s Abington College, located near Philadelphia. The major theme in my scholarship is the interplay between the global transmission and local reception of Buddhist knowledge about health, disease, and the body. I approach this topic using methodologies from history, religious studies, translation studies, and anthropology, among other fields. I am the author of the three-volume series Buddhism and Medicine (Columbia Univ Press, 2017–2020) as well as a number of other books and articles on various aspects of Buddhism and medicine. I am continually seeking opportunities to cross disciplinary lines in publishing and presenting my work. I am active in AARIASTAM, and other professional organizations, and currently serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Asian Medicine. I also regularly publish writing for non-scholarly audiences.