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 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. 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”

Dr. Barnett presenting “Dietrich Bonhoeffer in History: Where to Find Him

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. On October 14, 2014, we welcomed Dr. Victoria Barnett from the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.  as our Matthew Simpson Lecturer. Click here for more information about the event:








Dani Musselman, Jacob McLain, and Jacy Gomez

Simpson religion students often participate in the Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities. In November 2014, Simpson College will be hosting MUCH. Major Mentor Dani Musselman will be presenting, as well as Jake McLain and Jacy Gomez, two other religion students. 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.