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PhD candidates Sam Truman and Reed O’Mara both recently published pieces with their advisor, Professor Elina Gertsman. Sam contributed to a chapter for the edited volume A Cultural History of Death in the Middle Ages (Bloomsbury, 2024). Titled “The Sensory Aesthetics of Death,” this essay explores the various ways medieval macabre art frames death as a sensory event. Earlier this month, an article co-written by Reed and Professor Gertsman was published in a special issue of Religions, “Devotion, Practice, and Performative Expression in the Religious Art of Medieval Europe.” Their essay, “Wrathful Rites: Performing Shefokh ḥamatkha in the Hileq and Bileq Haggadah,” considers images found in the home service books used for the celebration of Passover through the lens of performance theory. Congratulations to Sam and Reed on their publications!