Routes and Roots


Location: 205-7 McKenna Hall

History and Literature of Travel, Exploration, and Cultural Interaction, from Antiquity to Modernity
in collaboration with The Hakluyt Society and The American Friends of the Hakluyt Society

Dates: April 24th through 26th, 2023

Register free of charge at

Lunches and refreshments are provided for those registered and attending in person. Lectures, panels, and some other events will be available for those who register and attend remotely.


Throughout the period of the conference participants a re invited to view  a display of relevant rare materials, curated by Erika Hosselkus and Tracy Bergstrom, from the Hesburgh Library Special Collections.

Dr Hosselkus is curator of Latin Americana and subject specialist for Latin American and Latino Studies. The special focus of her research is the colonial history of New Spain, particularly the experiences of indigenous groups.

Tracy Bergstrom heads the Specialized Collection Services Program, overseeing Rare Books and Special Collections, University Archives, Preservation, and Digital Production. She is the curator of the Zahm Dante and early Italian imprints collection and is especially interested in the print history of Dante’s Divine Comedy. She is a graduate of Smith College and Yale University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian Studies and Art History, and master's degrees in Archaeological Studies and Library Science.

All lectures and panels will be in 205-7 McKenna Hall and available online to online registrants.
All evening sessions and entertainments will be McKenna Hall auditorium.

Monday, April 24th

Morning coffee for all participants from 10.0 a.m.

  1. 10.30 a.m. Opening prayer, offered by Rev. Professor Fr Stephen Koeth, C.S.C. (History), followed by

Panel  - Chris Baron (Classics): Alexander and after: Communications in ancient Asia

Associate Professor Chris Baron is General Editor of the Herodotus Encyclopedia (2021), which contains contributions from 180 scholars in 16 countries. Previous publications include Timaeus of Tauromenium and Hellenistic Historiography (2013) and Cassius Dio and, with Josiah Osgood, ed., the Late Roman Republic (2019).

Visiting panelist: Denise Demetriou (UC, San Diego)

Ms Demetriou occupies the Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Chair in Ancient Greek History, and is Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies at UC San Diego. She wrote Negotiating Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean: The Archaic and Classical Greek Multiethnic Emporia (2012), and Phoenicians Among Others: Why Migrants Mattered in the Ancient Mediterranean (Oxford 2023).

 ND panelist: Margaret Meserve (History)

Ms Meserve is the Glynn Family Honors Associate Professor of History, and Arts and Letters Director of the Glynn Family Honors Program at ND. Her books include Papal Bull: Politics, Propaganda, and Print in Renaissance Rome (Johns Hopkins, 2021), and Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought (Harvard, 2008).

Chair: Professor Meserve

            2.  11. 45 a.m. Words of Welcome. The Provost will kindly give them, and the President of the Hakluyt Society will reply.

from 12.00 noon:  Light lunch for all participants in 204 McKenna Hall

3.  2.00 p.m. Lecture  – Theodore Cachey (Italian Studies): Italian Travel Literature of the Middle Ages

Professor Cachey is Co-director of the Center for Italian Studies and Director of the Devers Program in Dante Studies at ND, and founder and co-editor, with Zygmunt Baranski and Christian Moevs, of the Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature published by the UND Press.  His many books include Dante e la cultura fiorentina (2020); Dante and Petrarch: Anti-dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (2009); Petrarch’s Guide to the Holy Land (2002); Pigafetta’s First Voyage Around the World (revised edition, 2007); and  Le isole fortunate; appunti di storia letteraria italiana (1994).

Chair: Gloria Clifton, President of the Hakluyt Society

Dr Clifton is  Emeritus Curator of the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and has made important contributions to the study of scientific instruments.

Respondent: Joyce Lorimer (Series Editor of the Hakluyt Society)

Professor Lorimer's extensive work on early modern travel and exploration includes Sir Walter Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana (2006), and English and Irish Settlement on the River Amazon 1550-1646 (1989). Now retired as Professor Emerita, she was a full Professor  in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

            4.30 p.m. Tea or coffee break

4.  4.45 p.m. Panel  – Rory Rapple (History): Sir Ralph Lane

Associate Professor Rapple is the author of Martial Power and Elizabethan Political Culture: Military Men in England and Ireland, 1558-1594 (Cambridge, 2009), and a huge work in progress on Sir Humphrey Gilbert and his circle, which included Richard Hakluyt.

Visiting panelist: Audrey Horning (College of William and Mary)

Ms Horning holds the Forrest D. Murden Chair and is a a Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University, Belfast. She has directed excavations at Jamestown and other sites in Viginia and Ireland and is the author of, among many other works,  Ireland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British Atlantic (UNC Press, 2013).

Visiting panelist: Daniel Carey (NUI, Galway)

Mr Carey is Professor of English at the National University of Ireland. He directs the Hakluyt Society's international project to edit the work of Richard Hakluyt. He  was chair of the Irish Humanities Alliance (2014-16). His works include Locke, Shaftesbury, and Hutcheson: Contesting Diversity in the Enlightenment and Beyond (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Chair: Patrick Griffin (History)

Mr Griffin is the Madden-Hennebry Family Professor and Directo of the, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at ND. His books include  The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century (Yale, 2017), America’s Revolution (Oxford, 2012), American Leviathan: Empire, Nation, and Revolutionary Frontier (Hill & Wang, 2007). He occupied the Harmsworth Distinguished Visiting Chair of American history at Oxford in 2021-2.

            Break at leisure

            6.00 p.m. Dinner for invited guests (Morris Inn Private Dining Rooms)

5.  8.00 p.m. Film evening in the McKenna Auditorium: Michael Todd´s Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), directed by Michael Anderson with a star-studded cast led by David Niven and Cantinflas  -  introduced by Berthold Hoeckner (Music and FTT)

Mr Hoeckner is the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music and Department Chair of Music. His many awards include the Alfred Einstein Prize from the American Musicological Society in 1998, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew Mellon Foundation in 2006-2007. He is the author of Programming the Absolute: Nineteenth-Century German Music and the Hermeneutics of the Moment (2007) and many other acclaimed contributions to the study of music and of film.