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 18-19, 2016

Friday, March 18
Keynote Address:  Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 7:00-8:00 PM

“Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?”
By Dr. John Fea
Professor of History at Messiah College

Saturday, March 19
Registration and Breakfast: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 8:00-8:30 AM

Session 1a: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 8:30-10:15 AM
Presiding: Dr. Kim Paffenroth, Iona College

  • Diane Perrier, Iona College, “The Politics of Parenting in The Tempest”
  • Abigail Rapillo, Iona College, “How Greeks and Roman Saw Themselves”
  • Regan Stubbs, Saint Francis University, “Nature: The Mirror to the Human”
  • Alysha Gagnon, Iona College, “Social Resilience Through Literature: The Response of Individuals and Communities to Macrolevel Political Traumas”

Session 1b: Sullivan 202B, 8:30-10:15 AM
Presiding: Ms. Erika Link, Saint Francis University (Alumni)

  • Joshua Demi, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, “Faith and Reason: A Critique of Evidentialism”
  • Megan English, Lebanon Valley College, “The Radical, The Moderate, and The Future: Developments of Theory in Religion”
  • Areeba Khan, Hofstra University, “Philosophical Role of Medicine in Modern Societies”
  • Anna Clouse, Saint Francis University, “Humanity and Law”

Session 2a: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 10:30 AM-11:45 AM
Presiding: Dr. Martin Rice, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

  • Gretchen Rundorff, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, “Rethinking America’s Education”
  • Miranda Milillo, Lebanon Valley College, “Concerning Creation in Genesis, Gender, and the Earth”
  • Jordan Gorsuch, Saint Francis University, “Zone One: The Inclusive Nature of Zombification & Humanity’s Insistence of Class Warfare”

Session 2b: Sullivan 202B, 10:30 AM-11:45 AM
Presiding: Dr. Roxana Cazan, Saint Francis University

  • Hannah Anderson, Saint Francis University, “The Politics of Being: Negotiating Women’s Power in the Ottoman Empire”
  • Amy O’Hearn, Saint Francis University, “Being Political: Babur’s Legacy for the Mughal Empire and India”
  • Meghan L. Downey, College of William and Mary, “Disempowerment and The Safe Campus Act: A Foucauldian Analysis”

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

Session 3a: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 1:15-2:55 PM
Presiding: Dr. Grant Julin, Saint Francis University

  • Jordan Hobson, Saint Francis University, “The Emerging ‘Horizontal Theology’: New Perspectives on Pope Francis and the Environment”
  • Megan Marmol, Carlow University, “A Wicked Problem Facing Millennial Voters in Presidential Elections”
  • Amanda Schiavo, Saint Francis University, “Media Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Primary Debates: Information or Infotainment?”
  • Andrew Coco, Kings College, “Health Care at Catholic Universities: Complex Issues in Abortion Coverage”

Session 3b: Sullivan 202B, 1:15-2:55 PM
Presiding: Dr. Aaron Kerr, Gannon University

  • Harrison Lucas, Marshall University, “Missing the Point: Conceptual Slippage Across Unstable Domains”
  • Joshua Davis Remillard, Penn State University, “Sport, War, and The Contest”
  • Sabrina Bomberger, Lebanon Valley College, “‘They Think They Have Outfoxed the White Man, When in Fact they Imitate Him’: Black Masculinity in Morrison’s Paradise”
  • Kyle Rodewald, Gannon University, “Limiting Consumption on the Path to Virtue”

Session 4a: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 3:10-4:05 PM
Presiding: Dr. Timothy Bintrim, Saint Francis University

  • Amanda Swope, Saint Francis University, “Legal Philosophy, Marginalized Populations, and The Environment”
  • Katie Hayden, Carlow University, “The War on Coal”
  • Justin Hugo and John Gaughan, Saint Francis University, “The Investigation of Electronic Waste Regarding Environmental Justice”

Session 4b: Sullivan 202B, 3:10-4:05 PM
Presiding: Dr. Joseph Williams, Rutgers University

  • Diana L. Fackler, Penn State University-Altoona, “Winston Churchill: The Forgotten Author and Laureate”
  • Christie Olek, Saint Francis University, “A Semi-Soluble Solution: The First Graduates of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (1850-1880)”
  • Mary Rossi-Conaway, Rutgers University, “Phyllis Schlafly: Mother of the Religious Right, Protector of the Christian Family”

Closing Remarks and Awards: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 4:30 PM