Presentations & Conferences

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 2014 presentations.



Religion majors and professors at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN

Religion majors and professors at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN

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 4-5, 2014) and for Simpson’s annual Undergraduate Symposium scheduled this year for April 24, 2014. 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. 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”

Tyler Fuller presenting his senior paper


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. The photo depicts Dr. Anatanand Rambachan, Prof. at St. Olaf College, delivering the 2012 Matthew Simpson Lecture, “Interreligious Dialogue as Friendship: Mahatma Gandhi and C.F. Andrews.” On October 10, 2013, we welcomed Dr. Amy-Jill Levine from Vanderbilt University as our Matthew Simpson Lecturer. Click here for more information about the event:

Religion students Madie Fiedler and Hannah Landgraf with Eboo Patel, Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core, at the 2010 White House Interfaith Leadership Institute.

Simpson religion students often participate in the Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities. In November 2012, Major Mentor Kati DePue presented some of her poetry. Our students also present regularly at Simpson’s own Undergraduate Research Symposium in April. Last year, seniors Kati DePue and Tyler Fuller presented work from their religion classes. For more information about the 2013 Symposium, click here.