The 2012 conference is Cancelled
The 2010 Conference was held March 26-28 at
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The North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy is organized by Westminster College, PA and St. Francis University, PA with the support of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies, and the Heinz Lecture Series at Westminster. Any inquiries should be addressed to Bryan Rennie (e-mail) or the co-organizers Arthur Remillard (e-mail) and David Goldberg (e-mail). Click here to see the program from the 2010 Conference at Westminster.

Here is the schedule of events
of the 2010 Conference.

The 2012 schedule will be posted here as soon as possible.
All events took place in the McKelvey Student Center,
either in the Lakeview Witherspoon Room or the Maple Witherspoon Room
(click here for a campus map)
Friday, March 26th
5:00-6:00: Lakeview Room
Ø Business meeting of attending faculty to discuss the conference and judging criteria

7:00-8:00 Public Lecture: Lakeview Room
Ø Mark Oppenheimer:
Writer, and speaker on contemporary religion, contributor to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine and regular columnist for The New York Times: “Scientologists and Mormons? How Two Religions Sought Legitimacy”

8:30 onwards
Student Symposium: Lakeview Room
Ø Student-led discussion following Mark Oppenheimer's talk.

Saturday, March 27th
9:00–10:30: Lakeview Room
Student Presentations: Session One
Ø Michael Rogers, University of Vermont
  The Separation of Church and Sport
Ø Andrew McKee, St. Francis University
  Running into the Unknown: The Religious Dimensions of Distance Running
Ø Ghady al-Rahal, State University of New York, New Paltz
  The Duty of Generation Z
Ø Timothy Rothaar, Duquesne University
  An Exploration of Two Possible Ways of Living in Similar Societies

10:45–12:15: Lakeview Room
Student Presentations: Session Two
Ø Matthew Longacre, University of Kentucky
  After Peace: How an American university peace home would contribute to the reintegration of a post-treaty Israel and Palestine.
Ø Darius Mallon, State University of New York, Buffalo
  Violent Conflict in the Modern World: A Comparison between Islam and the West.
Ø Sarah Markwardt, Waynesburg University
  Worldviews and a Peaceful World Vision.
Ø Samantha Karasik, Long Island University
  The Legitimacy of the Theology of Sin.


1:45–3:15: Maple Room
Student Presentations: Session Three
Ø John Allison, Westminster College
  Religious Pluralism and the Paradox of Choice: A Response to Dread.
Ø Erika Link, St. Francis University
  Plato’s Satire: The Truth behind the Noble Lie.
Ø Seth Robinson, Wheaton College
  Lured into the Court of Poetic Appeals: Toward a Creative Hermeneutics in a Dialogue between Whitehead and Vallabha.
Ø Zachary Piso, Allegheny College
  Culture and Creature: A Pragmatic Defense of Interspecies Cosmopolitanism.

3:30–5:00: Maple Room
Student Presentations: Session Four
Ø Mark Gonnella, Waynesburg University
  The Human Predicament in Buddhism and Judaism
Ø Michael Gorman, Westminster College
  Are Cargo Cults Legitimate Religions?
Ø Ashley Hampton, Randolph-Macon College
  Randolph-Macon College and the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church: An Exploration of Our Methodist Tradition in Student and Campus Life.
Ø Mitzi Steiner, Barnard College
  Prophetic Partnership: The Shared Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel.

5:30–6:30 Public Lecture: Maple Room
Ø Ruth Mas:
Scholar of contemporary secular-liberal Muslim intellectuals. She was awarded the Morris Wayman Prize for Interdisciplinary Research for her work on liberalism and Islam.
“Can We Speak of a Secular Tradition of Islam”

Awards Dinner: Lakeview Room
Ø Conference Participants only. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded.

8:30: Lakeview Room
Student Symposium
Ø Student-led discussion of the guest lecture and the emerging themes of the conference

Sunday, March 28th
9:00–12:00: Lakeview Room
Faculty Consultations
Attending faculty members will be available to discuss their areas of expertise with students and others.

12:15-1:00: Lakeview Room
Lunch & Closing Comments


Articles and Information About the Conference:
Click here to see 2008 CFP
"PSU Altoona Student Recognized for Undergraduate Research Paper"
"[Westminster College] Student Wins First Place at Conference"