The Examined Life

An Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts

Examined Life: Schedule of Events

This is a tentative schedule that is subject to change between now and the conference. If you have any questions, please email us.

The Examined Life: An Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts
Saint Francis University
March 23-24, 2018

Friday, March 23
Keynote Address:  Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 7:00-8:00 PM

American Dream, American Nightmare
Race, War, and Ethical Complexity in American Civil Religion
By Dr. John D. Wilsey

A reception will be held in the museum following the address

Saturday, March 24
Registration and Breakfast: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 8:00-8:45 AM

Session 1a: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 8:45-10:15 AM
Presiding: Dr. Danny Anderson, Mount Aloysius College

  • Audrey Reiley, Lebanon Valley College, “‘In the Most Righteous Way’: The Graphic Novel in the Age of Duterte and Trump”
  • Harry Olafsen, Saint Francis University, “‘Over and Over, Forever and Ever’: A Child’s Search for Freedom from the American Working Class”
  • Paul Kasunic and Mitchell Hogue, Saint Francis University, “Creating Stronger Bonds: Saint Francis University’s Environmental Chemistry Class Informs the Community about Lead Exposures”

Session 1b: Padua 112, 8:45-10:15 AM
Presiding: Dr. Aniruddha Bose, Saint Francis University

  • Nathan DelMaramo, Amanda MacMurtrie, Kathrine Palko, Jason Fisher, and Joseph Natali, Saint Vincent College, “‘Shocked and Altered Faces’: Creative and Destructive Work in the Stories of Flannery O’Connor”
  • Wendelyn Bintrim, Saint Francis University, “The Synthesis of a Story: John Gardner’s Grendel and World Literature”
  • Janeen Selfridge, Duquesne University, “The Transformation of Masculinity in Braham Stoker’s Dracula

Session 2a: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 10:30 AM-Noon
Presiding: Dr. John Wilsey, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Dominic Clark, Saint Francis University, “The Mamluk Institution”
  • Joseph Natali, Saint Vincent College, “Prester John, A Gateway to the Modern Age: How the Medieval Legend Affected the Future of Europe Despite its Falsehood”
  • Taylor Weaver, Saint Francis University, “The Model Minority Myth”

Session 2b: Padua 112, 10:30 AM-Noon
Presiding: Dr. Grant Julin, Saint Francis University

  • Rebekka Carpenter, Lebanon Valley College, “Colonialism in the 21st Century: Facebook’s Free Basic Platform Use of Cultural Imperialism”
  • Epiphany Bliesath, Lebanon Valley College, “Disconnect Now: From Social Currency to Social Alienation”
  • Matthew Adams, Penn State University-Altoona, “Ambulatory Asylum: Investigating the New Forms of Protection Provided by Information and Communications Technology in the Context of 21st Century Migrations”

Lunch: Torvian Dining Hall, 12:00-1:00 PM

Session 3: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 1:00-2:00 PM
Presiding: Dr. Roxana Cazan, Saint Francis University
Special session: Poetry reading and round table

  • Ryan Farrell, Saint Vincent College
  • Shay Boisvert, Saint Francis University
  • Samantha Yamrose, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Session 4a: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 2:15-4:00 PM
Presiding: Dr. Tim Bintrim, Saint Francis University

  • Matthew Frazier, University of Dayton, “The Nomadic Meta-Philosophy”
  • Aaron Menconi, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “The Sacrament of Polyamory: Eucharistic Community & Ascetic Love in the Polycule”
  • Ryan Farrell, Saint Vincent College, “Creation and Eternity: The Debate Between Aquinas and Bonaventure”

Session 4b: Padua 112, 2:15-4:00 PM
Presiding: Dr. Olivia Pethtel, Saint Francis University

  • Rachel Duong, Lebanon Valley College, “Social Protest in the Age of the #Hashtag”
  • Charlotte Jones, Lebanon Valley College, “The Age of Clientism: The Exploration of Corporate Thievery”
  • Shaquel Marshall, Lebanon Valley College, “From Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter: Social Media and Social Movements”

Closing remarks and awards will immediately follow the final session in the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art