NCRSA 2017:
Western Carolina University


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November 4, 2017
Program

All sessions will be held in McKee Building on the campus of Western Carolina University.

8:00 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:30 Session 1A – Religion and Experience (MK 112)
  • “Paradigms of Paradox: A Theological Justification”
    Wilberforce Mundia, Shaw University
  • “Meaningful Returns from Near Death Experiences”
    Paul E. Wilson, Shaw University
  • “Glaucon’s Challenge to Mysticism: A Link Between Plato and the Lamedvavniks”
    Jeffrey Gold, East Tennessee State University
  • Chair: Michelle J. Sorensen

Session 1B - Religion and History (MK 115)

  • “Confronting Prejudice in the New Testament: Jesus, Paul and the Gentiles”
    Jeffrey Vickery, Western Carolina University
  • “A Tale of Two Martins? Luther’s Political Theology, Humanism, and Ecumenism”
    Daryl Hale, Western Carolina University
  • “Religion Before Religion”
    Kevin Schilbrack, Appalachian State University
  • Chair: James McLachlan, Western Carolina University

 

10:45 - 12:15

Session 2A – Religion and Gender (MK 112)

  • “Cultural and Religious Practices and the Marginalization of Women in Africa”
    Ngozi Kamalu, Fayetteville State University
  • “The Roles of Women in Traditional African Religion: A Case Study of the Aladura Churches”
    Kofi Johnson, Fayetteville State University
  • “The Function of the Feminine in the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhist Chöd”
    Michelle J. Sorensen, Western Carolina University
  • Chair: Joseph Osei, Fayetteville State University

 Session 2B – Religion and Economies (MK 115)

  • “Jesus: a Socialist or a Capitalist?”
    Paul Boaheng, Fayetteville State University
  • “In Defense of Late Medieval Almsgiving”
    David Quackenbos, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • “The Application of Kant's Philosophy of Religion to Issues of Climate Change” Paul York, Western Carolina University
  • Chair: Daryl Hale, Western Carolina University
12:15-1:45 PM

1:15-1:45 PM

Lunch (on your own)

Business Meeting (MK 112)

  • Welcome, John Whitmire, Chair, Philosophy and Religion Department, Western Carolina University
     
1:45-3:15 PM

Session 3 – Undergraduate Papers (MK 115)

  • “Moravian Sexualities: Radical or Repressed?”
    Madi White, UNC - Charlotte
  • “The Undivorceable Marriage of Ethics and Community”
    Abigail Bugger, Greensboro College
  • “Animal Sacrifice: Cultural Expression in Myth and Practice”
    Logan John, UNC - Pembrooke
  • “The Emerging Church, Wild Goose, and the Necessity Of Doubt”
    Dustin Mailman, Appalachian State University
  • Chair: Paul E. Wilson, Shaw University

 

3:30-5:00 PM

Session 4A – Panel: The Religious Studies Department in a Post-Secular World
(MK 115)

  • Randall Reed, Appalachian State University
  • Mattan Ervin, Appalachian State University
  • Joanne Robinson, UNC-Charlotte
  • Chair: Paul Boaheng, Fayetteville State University

Session 4B - Religion and Contemporary Culture (MK 112)

  • “Religion in Ford and Boetticher Westerns”
    James McLachlan, Western Carolina University
  • “Moral and Spiritual Lessons of Humor: a Discussion of Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress”
    Christopher Hoyt, Western Carolina University
  • “The Prison-Industrial Complex Collusion”
    Joseph Osei, Fayetteville State University
  • Chair: Kevin Schilbrack, Appalachian State University
   

Program Chair Michelle J. Sorensen
Western Carolina University
E-mail: mjsorensen@email.wcu.edu

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