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17th annual Marco Symposium: Visions of the End

The 17th annual Marco Symposium will explore the theme of Apocalypse. During the course of two days, eleven leading scholars of international reputation will discuss medieval and Renaissance responses to the Book of Revelation written by John of Patmos. Completed around 100 C.E., John’s Book of Revelation anticipates a final judgment by analyzing such foreboding precursors as terrifying beasts and natural disasters. Recoiling from frightful threats and aspiring for eternal salvation, medieval and Renaissance writers and artists balanced fears about the final days with promises of renewal.

This year’s Symposium is presented in conjunction with the Visions of the End museum exhibition at McClung Museum of Art.


Featured Speakers:

  • Richard Emmerson (Florida State University) – keynote speaker
  • Laura Ackerman-Smoller (University of Rochester)
  • Robert Bast (UT, Knoxville)
  • Kathryne Beebe (University of North Texas)
  • Jennifer Feltman (University of Alabama)
  • Mayte Green-Mercado (Rutgers University-Newark)
  • Jennifer Jahner (Cal Tech)
  • Benjamin Saltzman (University of Chicago)
  • Stephen Shoemaker (University of Oregon)
  • Brett Whalen (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
  • Roger Wieck (The Morgan Museum)

*Detailed program forthcoming at


Registration Information:

The Marco Symposium is free and open to the public.

There is no official registration required, but it would help us to know that you are planning to come so that we can get a better head count and can print you a name tag, and for planning catering needs. Please email our Program Coordinator, Dr. Katie Hodges-Kluck, at

Friday, April 3 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

More dates through April 4, 2020

International House, Great Room
1623 Melrose Place, Knoxville, TN 37996