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October 6, 2018

All sessions will be held in the UNC Charlotte Center City campus.

8:00 - 9:00 Registration - Room 902
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome - Room 902
9:15 - 11:00 Session 1A – Christian Imagination and the Arts - Room 905
  • “Going Through the Shadow into Light”: Butoh as a Spiritual Practice of Cultural Trauma”
    Lisa Beyeler, Duke Divinity School
  • “The Intersection of Poetry and Imagination in Spiritual Practice: Wendell Berry’s Sabbath Poetry”
    Joelle Hathaway, Duke Divinity School
  • “John Milton and Worship in the Church of England”
    Glenn Stallsmith, Duke Divinity School
  • “Conflict, Worship, and Creation’s Praise”
    Amy Whisenand, Duke Divinity School
  • Chair: Joelle Hathaway

Session 1B - Theology and Philosophy of Religion - Room 906

  • “Chaos as Tragedy: Chaos and Order in the Genesis Creation Story.”
    Ray Sutherland, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • “Lessons for the Second Artificial Superintelligence from the First (God)”
    Randall Reed, Appalachian State University
  • “The Matter of Religious Belief”
    Kevin Schilbrack, Appalachian State University


11:00-11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:15

Plenary Speaker - Room 902

  • “Waco after 25 Years: What We Have Learned and Not Learned”
    James Tabor, UNC-Charlotte
12:15-1:15 PM

Business Meeting (Room 902) And Lunch (on your own)


1:15-2:15 PM

Session 2A - Africa I - Room 905

  • “Legacy of Winnie Mandela for Social Justice”
    Joseph Osei, Fayetteville State University
  • “Esu: The Attorney General of Orishas, Its Impacts on the Yoruba People”
    Kofi Johnson, Fayetteville State University

Session 2B - Justice - Room 906

  • “Building an Environmental Ethics from the Confucian Ethical Concepts”
    Paul Boaheng, Fayetteville State University
  • “The Socially Engaged Buddhism of Mahapandita Rahul Sankrityayan (1893-1963)”
    Michelle J. Sorensen, Western Carolina University

Session 2C - Evangelicals and Israel - Room 902

  • “Why Evangelicals Support Israel?”
    Motti Inbari and Kirill Bumin, UNC-Pembroke
  • “American Evangelicals’ Attitude toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict”
    Gordon Byrd, East Carolina University
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:30

Session 3A – Theology, Politics, and Society - Room 905

  • “A Provost’s Reading of Reinhold Niebuhr”
    Jon Young, Fayetteville State University
  • “To Die or Not Die for an Ethnocentric Theology: The Case of the Aryan Jesus Doctrine in Nazi Germany”
    Paul Wilson, Shaw University

Session 3B - Africa II - Room 906

  • “Superstitious Beliefs in African Communities: The Case of Igbos of South-Eastern Nigeria"
    Ngozi Caleb Kamalu, Fayetteville State University
  • “The Toll of the Road: time, movement, and subjectivity”
    Letha Victor, UNC Charlotte
3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 5:15

Session 4A - Architecture and Film - Room 905

  • “A Missionary Apparatus: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Refashioning Islamic Identity”
    Ehsan Sheikholharam, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • “Remastering Mythos: Representations of Japanese Myth-Histories in Clover Studios’ Ōkami”
    Gabrielle J. Haley, UNC-Charlotte
  • “Between Grace and Glass: Like Being in Love”
    Philip Kaffen, UNC-Chapel Hill

Session 4b - UNC-Charlotte Panel - Room 906

  • “Mahadevi: Shakti and Femininity in the Pahari Tradition of Goddess Miniature Paintings”
    David Flaherty, UNC-Charlotte
  • "Inheriting Injustice: Contextualizing Pope Francis' Response to the Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis"
    Samuel Davis
  • "'Don't Worship Me, I'd Make a Very Bad God': Disastrous Divinity in Doctor Who"
    Christina Grobmeier

Program Chair James McLachlan
Western Carolina University

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