Each year our senior majors present the results of their original research in a public forum. Watch this spot for the date of the Fall 2015 presentations.
Each year religion majors travel with faculty members to a regional meeting of our professional organizations, American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature . As many as 15 students a year participate in this field trip. We encourage current students to submit paper proposals for the undergraduate sessions of the meeting in St. Paul, MN (April 17-18, 2015) and for Simpson’s annual Undergraduate Symposium scheduled this year for April 23, 2015. Often students revise papers they have worked on in a religion class.
Every year, senior religion majors present the results of their senior capstone projects in a public forum. In Fall 2014, senior religion major Dillon Thomas presented “Nature: the Organic Word of God”.
Other projects have included:
- Kathrin DePue – “From Jerusalem to New Orleans: Connecting Ancient and Contemporary Tragedy through Form Poetry”
- Brett Stadtlander- “Solidarity as Biblical Witness: Stringfellow and Niebuhr on Justice”
- Jon DePue – “The God Who Elects: Soteriology and Vocation in the Theology of Karl Barth”
- Meredith Ferguson – “Healers Become Hexers and Prayers Turn to Curses: Witchcraft Accusations in Early-Modern England and Scotland”
Simpson religion students often participate in the Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities. On November 2014, Simpson College hosted MUCH. Major Mentor Dani Musselman presented on the identity of Christian in the early church. Jacob McLain and Jacy Gomez, two other religion students, presented on rights language in the church and the theologian Karl Barth and homosexuality. These students’ presentations were based off of not only papers from their classes at Simpson College, but original research into the topics as well. To see photos from the 2014 conference, as well as other presentations and events in the religion department, click here.
For more information on the Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (MUCH), click here.
Our students also present regularly at Simpson’s own Undergraduate Research Symposium in April.
Each year the department hosts the Matthew Simpson Lecture in Religion, bringing a nationally known speaker to campus for a public lecture as well as class visits.
In October 2015, we look forward to welcoming the Rev. Dr. Traci West, Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School and ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Disruptive Christian Ethics is among Dr. West’s several books. She is currently working on the intersection of religion, racism, and violence against women. Her 2015 talk will focus on these issues. For more information about the Matthew Simpson Lecture, click here.