Jon DePue and Brett Stadtlander presented their papers at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Upper Midwest Regional meeting in April, 2013 during our annual departmental field trip.
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 5-6, 2013) and for Simpson’s annual Undergraduate Symposium scheduled this year for April 18, 2013. Often students revise papers they have worked on in a religion class. Seniors Katie DePue and Tyler Fuller presented papers during the April 18 symposium.
Every year, senior religion majors present the results of their senior capstone projects in a public forum. This year’s seniors presented on Tuesday, November 27. Papers included:
- Kathrin DePue – “From Jerusalem to New Orleans: Connecting Ancient and Contemporary Tragedy through Form Poetry”
- Annaleah Herrman- “‘What is to Prevent Me from Being Baptized?’ The Story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch”
- Brett Stadtlander- ”Solidarity as Biblical Witness: Stringfellow and Niebuhr on Justice”
- Tyler Fuller “A Natural Law Perspective on Sex Assignment Surgery of the Intersexed”
- Jon DePue – “The God Who Elects: Soteriology and Vocation in the Theology of Karl Barth”
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 welcome Dr. Amy-Jill Levine from Vanderbilt University as our Matthew Simpson Lecturer. Click here for more information about the event: http://simpson.edu/matthew-simpson-lecture/.
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. This year, seniors Kati DePue and Tyler Fuller presented work from their religion classes. For more information about the 2013 Symposium, click here.