Presentations & Conferences

Happy seniors after their presentations.

Happy seniors after their presentations.

Seniors  presented the results of their capstone research projects on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Topics included

Jessie St. Clair – “Biblical Outcasts and the Mentally Ill”

Brooke Westphalen – “Reclaiming Rahab: a Positive Role Model for Sex Workers?”

Virginia Atwell – “Eroticism and Suffering in Medieval Mysticism: Love Hurts”

Michelle Beving – “Rape Laws in Deuteronomy”

Hot cider and other refreshments added a festive note to the presentations.


Virginia Atwell

Each year religion majors travel with faculty members to a regional meeting of our professional organizations, the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. Seniors Jesse St. Clair and Virginia Atwell presented papers at the spring 2017 meeting.



The religion department hosts the annual Matthew Simpson Lecture in Religion, bringing a nationally known speaker to campus for a public lecture and interaction with religion students.

In October 2017, we will welcome Dr. Barbara Newman as our Matthew Simpson Lecturer. For more information, click here.