Department of Religious Studies

Program


All sessions take place on the Seminary of the Southwest campus in the Durstan R. McDonald Building,
rooms 211/212 & 214/215.  Some sessions run concurrently.

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9:15am         Welcome   (211/212)

9:30-10:30     Session 1:  Dealing with Violence   (room 211/212)

                      "Writing a Martyrdom: Epistolary and Rhetoric in the Martyrdom of Polycarp"
                      Michael Flexsenhar (Ph.D. student, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin)

                      "The Mode of State Power Operations and Violence against Coptic Protesters in Egypt"
                      Hyun Jeong Ha (Ph.D. student, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin)

                      CHAIR:  Kelley Coblentz Bautch (St. Edward's University)


10:45-12:15   Session 2A:  Contact: Conversation or Conversion   (room 211/212)

                      "Mavericks and Virgins: Religious Pluralism in San Antonio, 1821-1860"
                      Michael Clawson (Ph.D. student, Department of Religion, Baylor University)

                      "Catholic? Ecumenism, John Henry Newman, and Anglicanorum Coetibus"
                      Nathaniel Jung-Chul Lee (Ph.D. student, Department of Religion, Baylor University)

                      "Somos Musulmánes! Contributing Factors to the Growth of Islam in Latino Communities"
                      Ramon Mejia (Undergraduate student, Religious Studies and History, The University of Texas at Austin)

                      CHAIR:  Paul Barton (Seminary of the Southwest)

10:45-12:15   Session 2B:  Faith, Reason, Science, and Certainty   (room 214/215)

                      "Elias Hicks and Quaker Religious Experience"
                      Rachel Ozanne (Ph.D. student, History Department, The University of Texas at Austin)

                      "'A True Servant of the Master': Charles Darwin, Natural Selection, and the Perfect Race in the
                      Writings of Charles Loring Brace"
                      Brian Maine (Ph.D. student, Department of Religion, Baylor University)

                      "'Probability is the Very Guide to Life': William E. Gladstone on Faith and Reason"
                      Jonathan Riddle (M.A. student, History Department, Baylor University)

                      CHAIR:  Oliver Freiberger (The University of Texas at Austin)


12:30-1:30     Lunch & Keynote Address   (Weeks Center)

                      "Can Anything Good Come out of Noodle?: Professional and Personal Reflections on Studying
                      Religion in the Lone Star State"
                      L. Michael White, Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Religious Studies, The University of
                      Texas at Austin


1:45-2:45      Session 3A:  Religion in Life   (room 211/212)

                      "The Gospel According to Harry Potter"
                      Emily Peterson (Undergraduate student, Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin)

                      "Like Abraham and Sarah: Religion in the Lives of Couples Dealing with Infertility"
                      David McClendon (Ph.D. student, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin)

                      CHAIR:  Chad Seales (The University of Texas at Austin)

1:45-2:45      Session 3B:  Language and Hermeneutics   (room 214/215)

                      "Applying Paul Ricoeur's Hermeneutic of Imagination to Jürgen Moltmann's Theology of Hope"
                      Julie Clawson (Master of Arts in Religion, Seminary of the Southwest)

                      "St. Symeon's Religious Epistemology"
                      Adrian Woods (M.A., Theology, Abilene Christian University)

                      CHAIR:  Steve Bishop (Seminary of the Southwest)


3:00-4:30       Session 4A:  Televangelists and Missionaries   (room 211/212)

                      "A Wide Net of Hope: Understanding the Local, National, and International Success
                      of Lakewood Church"
                      Jillian Owens (Undergraduate, Plan II Honors and Religious Studies,
                      The University of Texas at Austin)

                      "Muslim Televangelists and the Construction of Religious Authority in the Modern World:
                      The Case of Zakir Naik"
                      Shehnaz Haqqani (Ph.D. student, Department of Middle Eastern Studies,
                      The University of Texas at Austin)

                      "Bringing God and Finding Gold: Examining Missiology in Gold Rush Colorado"
                      Claire Tally-Foos (Undergraduate, Religious Studies and History, St. Edward's University)

                      CHAIR:  Steven Rodenborn (St. Edward's University)

3:00-4:30       Session 4B:  Drawing Boundaries with Religion   (room 214/215)

                      "Development of the Term 'Biblical Worldview' within the Southern Baptist Convention, 1980-2010"
                      Jessica Bethel (Undergraduate, Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin)

                      "Retreating Inward: Self, Other and the Ethical-Religious in Kierkegaard and the Desert Fathers"
                      Armando Lopez (Undergraduate, Philosophy and Government, The University of Texas at Austin)

                      "When the Non-elect are Not the Anti-elect: Election at the Crossroads of Anthropology and
                      History in the Book of Ben Sira"
                      G. Anthony Keddie (Ph.D. student, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin)

                      CHAIR:  Steven Friesen (The University of Texas at Austin)


4:30-             Happy Hour @ Posse East