This coming Thursday and Friday the Society for Philosophy and Religion at Claremont (SPARC) will be holding its second annual student conference “Live Options in the Study of Religion” in Claremont, California. If you look at the schedule below and click on the links to read the papers (not all are available because some are currently under review for publication elsewhere) you will notice that we have an odd smorgasbord of topics represented. That is the point. We want this to be a new sort of conference that brings different approaches to learning about religion together in creative tension. Getting graduate degrees too often means ignoring a breadth of interesting work being done in other areas of research. We are going to fix that problem, or at least try. Anyone interested in the dialogue between religion and science should also note that the first day of the conference is devoted to that topic.
The conference is free and open to the public, so everyone is encouraged to attend. For out-of-towners, stay tuned for information about videos of the conference that will be put online after the event.
Thursday, March 25th – Albrecht Auditorium, Claremont Graduate University
Welcome and Introduction
Benjamin J. Chicka, President of SPARC
Eric Kyle, Claremont School of Theology
Kevin McGinnis, Claremont Graduate University
Jim Sharp, Claremont Graduate University
Indigenous Religions and Science: New Conversations, Same Miscommunication
David Walsh, Arizona State University
Fady El Chidiac, S.J.
Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University
Lesbianism and Islamic Law: Examining the Boundary Between Love and Legality
Catherine Mary Lafuente, Claremont Graduate University
Friday, March 26th – Burkle 14, Claremont Graduate University Drucker School
What Has the Enlightenment to Do with the Reformation? Religion as Revealed, as Rational, and as Historical
Paul Capetz, Professor of Historical Theology, United Theological Seminary
Jeffrey W. Roop, Claremont Graduate University
Donald A. Westbrook, Claremont Graduate University
The Ethereal Etched into the Existential: Auerbach and Benjamin’s Literary Philosophy as Displayed Theologically by Tori Amos and Illogic
Jon Ivan Gill, Claremont Graduate University
Manny Fassihi, Stanford University
Tino Garcia, University of California at Santa Barbara
John Altick, University of California at Irvine