Philosophy and Religion Senior Seminar Students to Present Oral Defenses of Senior Theses

All philosophy and religion majors are required to write a substantial senior thesis that successfully supports a well-defined position in some area of significance within philosophy or religious studies under the guidance of a committee of faculty readers. The public oral defense of thesis with an external examiner is both a component of the course and of the philosophy and religion senior testing.

The philosophy and religion discipline will host the oral defenses Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 1 in Baldwin Hall 100.
 On Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:20 p.m., Dustin Engels will present “The Dao De Jing: The Seeds of Laozi’s Rhetorical Theory.” The examiner will be Lloyd Pflueger.

From 12:30-1:20 p.m., Kate Collins will present “Ignatius of Antioch: Martyrdom and the Sacrifice of the Eucharist.” The examiner will be W. Michael Ashcraft.

On Nov. 29, Reneé Gordon will present “Theodor Adorno: Philosophical Interpretations through Musical Analysis,”from 9-9:50 a.m. The examiner will be Chad Mohler.

From 10:30-11:20 a.m., Debra Sullentrup will take over with her presentation, “A comparison of two feminist Medieval Mystics: Mechthild of Magdeburg and Rabi’a al for Adawiyya.” The examiner will be David Murphy.

On Nov. 30 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:20 p.m., Kristin Varwig will present “Fundamentalism vs. Environmentalism: The True Nature of the Conflict.” David Murphy will be the examiner.

Jon Skinner will present “The Challenge of the Kingdom of God: What the Individual Must Recognize about the Historical Jesus” from 12:30-1:20 p.m. Dereck Daschke will be the examiner.

On Dec. 1 from 9-9:50 a.m., Robert Benjamin Tylka will present “Plato and Brecht: A Shared Concern for the Unengaged Intellect.” Stephen Pollard will be the examiner.

Brittany Sears will present from 10:30-11:20 a.m. Sears’ topic is “Primo Levi and the Language of Memory and Judgment.” The examiner will be Jennifer Jesse.

All sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ding-hwa Hsieh or Patricia Burton at 785.4636.
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