Presentations & Conferences

senior presentations 2015Seniors  presented the results of their Senior Capstone Research on Monday, November 30, 2015, in Pioneer Conference Room to a standing room only crowd. Topics were:

Dani Musselman, “A Call to Care for the Environment: The Universal Body of Christ”

Victoria Kramer, “Prostitute or Apostle? Mary Magdalene and the Struggle and Support for Female Leadership”

Brian Williams, “Duty to a ‘Supreme Being’: Religious Character and the Boy Scouts of America”

Jacy Gomez, “A Man of His Time: A Feminist Perspective on Martin Luther”

Sara Miller, “Removing the Shame of Sexuality by Acknowledging Christ as a Sexual Being”

Ruth Ann Roberts, “Can Infinity Get to the Beyond?”

Emma Kain, “Reclaiming Song of Songs: Making Room for Queer People in the Church”

Jacob McLain, “Invoking the Apocalypse: The Islamic State’s Doomsday Message”


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 look forward to welcoming the Dr. 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.  For more information about the Matthew Simpson Lecture, click here.