A Chance to Present Your Research at an Undergraduate Conference

We have had Messiah history majors present papers at this conference before.  Please consider it.  –JF
 Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, 2012
Westminster College
New Wilmington, 
Pennsylvania 16172

We invite undergraduate students to submit proposals for the sixth annual North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy. Submissions are encouraged from students majoring in all academic fields.

Although any paper related to religion and philosophy will be considered, priority will be given to those addressing this year’s theme, “Peace, Reconciliation, and the Study of Religion.” According to The Center for the Study of Religion and Peace at the University of Waterloo, “religion can and often does inform identities and belief systems that sustain or intensify conflict, and yet it also serves as a powerful motivating factor in efforts to overcome destructive rivalry and establish just relations. Paradoxically, religion is both a source of conflict and a resource for peace.” With this in mind, how does the academic study of religion, particularly a philosophical study of religion, relate to issues of peace and reconciliation?

Paper proposals (roughly 250 words) should give a concise description of the presentation. The deadline for proposals is February 17, 2012. Please include your full name, paper title, institution, e-mail, phone number, and the name and contact information of your major professor. Presenters must submit their full paper by March 9, 2012 to be considered for conference prizes. Proposals and final papers should be sent via e-mail attachment to Prof. Bryan Rennie.

The keynote address will be given on Friday evening, with a student-led discussion to follow. All student presentations will be given on Saturday from approximately 9:00am-5:00pm. This conference is open to the public and free for presenters and non-presenters alike. For more information, directions, contacts, scheduling, etc., please visit our website or join the Saint Francis University Facebook group.

This conference is organized by Westminster College and Saint Francis University, with support from Westminster College’s Heinz Endowment and the Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics.

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