Philosophy Professor Gordon A. Wilson was recently selected by
Georgetown University's Philosophy Department to lead "The Workshop
on Latin Paleography and Critical Editing." The prestigious
workshop, which attracts scholars from around the world, will be
held July 9-August 3 at Georgetown University.
holds UNC Asheville's National Endowment for the Humanities
Professorship, is an internationally known medieval philosophy
expert. He can read six languages as well as Latin shorthand, which
was used by scribes during the Middle Ages to quickly copy texts.
Wilson serves as general coordinator of "Henrici de Gandavo Opera
omnia," a 45-volume book series on the scholarly works of the noted
Belgium philosopher Henry of Ghent. A native of New Orleans, Wilson
holds a bachelor's degree from Loyola University of the South and
master's and doctorate degrees in philosophy from Tulane. He joined
the UNC Asheville faculty in 1997.
that although "The Workshop on Latin Paleography and Critical
Editing" is designed for new professors and graduate students, UNC
Asheville undergraduates will be well represented.
classics major Megan Miller was among just 12 participants selected
to attend the conference from more than 45 international applicants.
She will attend a host of sessions during the four-week workshop,
which is focused on the study and scholarly interpretation of
Medieval Latin texts. Miller was the only undergraduate selected to
attend the workshop.
a junior philosophy major, was chosen by the workshop committee to
present her original research on Henry of Ghent. Gray studied photo
duplicates of rare European manuscripts. She will be the youngest
presenter at the conference.
was not involved in the selection of the UNC Asheville students, is
thrilled for them both.
of two of our undergraduates to participate in the workshop shows
the depth and quality of their work," said Wilson. "I am proud of
both of them and know this will lead to great opportunities in
graduate school and beyond."
In fact, the
Gray and Miller have already drawn national attention for their
participation in the workshop. A representative from the Council of
Undergraduate Research headquarters in Washington, D.C. will attend
the workshop to meet with the students and to attend Gray's lecture.