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About Inventio

Inventio: from invenire, to find, to discover.


Inventio is the multidisciplinary undergraduate research journal of The Catholic University of America. It aims to identify and disseminate original undergraduate research that best represents the university’s commitment to the academic and Catholic traditions that inform its mission to “discover and impart the truth.” The journal accepts submissions of research in the humanities, theology, philosophy, the arts, and the social sciences written by current students or within two years of their graduation. Inventio is supported by Undergraduate Studies, the University Honors Program, the English Department, and the University Writing Center.

Submissions to Inventio undergo double blind review by the Faculty Advisory Board and essays approved for publication undergo a second double blind review process overseen by the Student Editorial Board, which ultimately makes the selections for and produces each issue.

Inventio also includes a special section: “The First Year Experience,” which features the best essays written by an FYE student in PHIL 201 or 202, TRS 201, and ENG 101. Selections are made by the faculty director of each FYE course.

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Deadline: Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

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 Our Authors:


Peter Kohanski (Music History, Class of 2018) wrote "The Form of the Finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: A Journey to Elysium" under the supervision of Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson in History of Music II.

Quote: "...I think Beethoven was drawn to what Elysium represented in the underworld, especially in light of the Enlightenment ideals that he so strongly identified with: heroism, righteousness, and joy."

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John Marshall (Classics, Class of 2016) wrote "Of Aeneas, Pietas, and Christianity: The Reception of Pietas in Christian Literature" under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Gibbons for ENG 347, Christian Literary Traditions.

Quote: "I defined pietas in my paper as the fulfilment of one’s obligations to others without regard for personal cost or personal feelings, and these men ably exemplify this."

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Timothy Farina (Architecture, Class of 2018) wrote "Santiago de Compostela: Architectural Innovation and Urban Intervention in Response to the Phenomenon of Pilgrimage" under the supervision of Miriam Gusevich for History of Architecture II and presented it at Research Day 2016.

Quote: "All too often people today view architecture as a stagnant reality and take for granted the magnificent edifices of the past. It is important to understand that architecture is intricately linked to the human experience and emerges in a specific historical context in response to the culture."

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Rachel Moore (English, Class of 2017) wrote a "A Love that Bears No Fruit:Aubades and Unnatural Love in Troilus and Criseyde" under the supervision of "Dr. Megan Murton for the course Chaucer in His Age Part II.

Quote: "On another note, I think what Chaucer has to say about the dangers of unnatural love may be relevant today--just think of dating apps and The Bachelor. Would Chaucer call these things organic at all?"

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Claire Panak (Theology, Class of 2017) wrote "Aquinas, Bonaventure, and Second Graders: The Role of Scholastic Theologians in Modern-Day Sacramental Preparation" under the supervision of Dr. Joshua Benson for Christian Theology I.

Quote: "...Beste found little distress in children about guilt and sin, as well as the correlation between valuing the sacrament for its own sake and having positive feelings about their first confession."

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Samuel Gadway (History and World Politics, Class of 2017) wrote "Per omne fas ac nefas, secuti sunt’: Interrogative Torture in the Tudor Dynasty” under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Sherman during his Junior Research Seminar.

Quote: "When an arrest or torture warrant does pop up every now and then, what’s most how bureaucratically ordinary the order usually appears – as though it was just another item on the agenda for a given day."

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Natasha Wiltz

Natasha Wiltz (Philosophy, Class of 2019) wrote a "Language Through the Lens of Heraclitus' Logos” under the supervision of Dr. Cristina Ionescu for the course of History of Ancient Greek Philosophy.

Quote: "I imagine Heraclitus’ fragment as having an imaginary lock, which requires the reader to pause and understand that his ideas are comprehended best when thoughts turn away from pure sense-perception.

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First Year Experience Contributors

Dante Nicotera (Biology and Psychological/Brain Sciences, Class of 2020) wrote “The Uncomfortable Question of Evil" for HSPH 201, The Classical Mind.

The Uncomfortable Question of Evil

Katherine Holt (Elementary Education, Class of 2020) wrote “Reflections on the Holocaust” for Mr. Henderson's course  Honors ENG 101: Writing-Logic and Rhetoric.

Reflections on the Holocaust

John Scott (Philosophy, Class of 2020) wrote “Audience and Purpose” for Mr. Stalker's course Honors ENG101: Writing-Logic and Rhetoric.

Audience and Purpose

Serena Viti (International Economics and Finance with an Italian studies minor, Class of 2020) wrote “Human Nature and the Relationship Between Soul and Body” for Dr. Buttaci's course PHIL212: The Modern Mind.

Human Nature and the Relationship Between Soul and Body

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