Presentations & Conferences

senior presentations 2015Seniors  will present the results of their capstone research projects on Wednesday, November 20, from 6:00 – 7:30 in Blank Performing Arts Center Room 201.

Watch here for titles and times. The four seniors this year are Brooke Westphalen, Jesse St. Clair, Michelle Beving, and Virginia Atwell.


Each year religion majors travel with faculty members to a regional meeting of our professional aarsbl2016 organizations, American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature . Seniors Brian Williams and Jacob McLain presented papers in an undergraduate session in April 2016. We encourage current students to submit paper proposals for the undergraduate sessions of the meeting in St. Paul, MN and for Simpson’s annual Undergraduate Honors Symposium scheduled this year for April 20, 2017. Often students revise papers they have worked on in a religion class.

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

In October 2016, we welcomed David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Mercer University. Gushee is also President-Elect of the American Academy of Religion.  Dr. Gushee spoke on “Election 2016: What in God’s Name is Going On?” We are in the process of inviting our 2017 speaker, so check back for information here.