March was an extremely full month for Religion and Philosophy students at LVC. It began with 8 students presenting at the 7th Annual North American Undergraduate Conference on Religion and Philosophy. The conference was hosted by LVC, with Monica Coleman as the guest speaker. The conference included undergraduate participants from 18 different colleges and universities from 14 different states. Two LVC students–Dylan Matusek and Megan English–won prizes for most outstanding paper of the conference. You may find out more information about the conference at https://www.facebook.com/events/215628635275820/.
The following weekend, six students from the Symposium course on Religion and Race traveled together with Professors Vahanian and Sayers to Allegheny College for an undergraduate conference on the theme of “Democracy Realized.”
Fresh on the heels of that trip, Professor J. Kameron Carter from the Divinity School at Duke University visited campus for the culminating public events of the Religion and Race Symposium. On Monday evening, Carter gave a public lecture on “Postracial Blues” in which he provided an analysis of the contemporary films Avatar and District 9 from the perspective of critical race theory and theology. On Tuesday, Carter acted as the official respondent to the original research papers delivered by LVC students. Photos of this event are available at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.755947694429111.1073741843.471241416233075&type=1