Fresco from the Roman catacombs depicting a woman in a priest-like pose

Student Symposium

On May 3, 2017, the Department of Comparative Religion will hold a student symposium on the subject "Early Christian Literature and Religion." This event features the research projects of students from REL 430, the capstone research seminar taught by professor James Hanges. In addition to impressive student papers, there will be food!

Immediately following the two symposium panels, a short ceremony will be held to announce the winners of this year's department awards, as well as to honor our new Theta Alpha Kappa inductees and graduating TAK seniors.


Early Christian Literature and Religion

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
4:00-6:30 p.m.
Harrison Room, Shriver Center

4:00 p.m. / Panel 1: Pauline Issues

Olivia Sharen Orso, "The Emergence of Christianity and the Transformation of Paul"

Ian R. Marker, "Is 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 in Its Original Location? 2 Corinthians and the Breakup of Reconciliation"

Camille Kampf, "Public and Private Factors in Paul's Rationale for Women's Headcoverings"

5:00 p.m. / Panel 2: The Historical Jesus and the History of Christianity

Mary F. Hayes, "Jesus as the Resistance Figure: Matthew’s Agenda"

Kelsi L. Sievering, "Defending the Faith: A Comparative Analysis of St. Augustine's Just War Theory and Ibn Taymiyya's Justifications for Jihad"

James J. Breen, "Christian Conversion and the Relationship between Eternal Salvation and Worldly Possessions"

6:00 p.m. / Annual Department Awards