This program is funded in part by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and in part by the Tulsa Community College Foundation (TCCF), and coordinated by the Tulsa Community College Honors Program (TCCHP). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH, nor those of TCCF, TCCHP, or Tulsa Community College.
SUMMARY SCHEDULE (DETAILS BELOW)
Dr. Allen Culpepper, associate professor of English and coordinator of the TCC Honors Program, welcomes RS 918 Symposium participants on behalf of the Honors Program and the RS 918 project sponsors, Oklahoma Humanities and the Tulsa Community College Foundation.
The Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend, director, Center for Religion in Public Life, “Christian Nationalism in America Today”
Interviewed by Dr. Allen Culpepper, TCC Honors Program coordinator
Dr. Peluso-Verdend, who directs the Center for Religion in Public Life at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, discussion the Christian Nationalism movement in the United States—what it is, who’s involved, and how it is connected with American Culture.
Many religious groups, especially Christian and Muslim minorities, are subject to violence and political persecution in numerous Southeast Asian countries. One notable example is the forcible detention of one million Uyghur Muslims who have been forcibly detained in reeducation camps.
Katherine Iwata, TCC student: “The Formative Years: Effects on Religious Belief
See presentation link at bottom of this box.
What does research reveal about how what people learn in their formative years affects their later religious beliefs and perspective on religion.
Mia Jones, TCC student: “Religious Diversity/Pluralism”
See presentation link at bottom of this box.
The theory of religious diversity/pluralism posits that various religions are essentially similar in some significant respects. But what are the positive and negative implications of this theory?
Dr. T. Allen Culpepper, associate professor of English, TCC faculty: “The Churches of Tulsa’s Turner Park Neighborhood as a Reflection of Post-World War II Religious Trends in the United States”
The history of the churches in Tulsa’s Turner Park neighborhood reflects broader religious trends in Post-WWII U.S. culture.
The RS918, pencil & paper, 2020, T. Allen Culpepper
Videos of the live Zoom sessions are included below. We are in the process of providing closed captioning for each session, however this is a lengthy process and is ongoing.
1:00-2:15 p.m.: KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Dr. Eric Reitan, Professor of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, “Is Religious Diversity a Threat to Faith? A Defense of the Value of Diversity”
Introduced by Dr. Allen Culpepper, TCC Honors Program Coordinator
Dr. Reitan will examine two kinds of philosophical challenges to religious faith posed by diversity: challenges to claims that one's faith is the sole source of truth and salvation, and more general challenges alleging that religious diversity shows religion to be a human fabrication. He will consider the merits of both challenges, arguing that diversity does not undermine faith but does necessitate humility.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Student & Faculty Presentations (simultaneous sessions; please choose one):
Session A: Student Research Papers:
Isaiah Abad, TCC Student: “The Fig Tree at the End of the Road”
Jo Reynolds, TCC Student: “Religious Perspectives of The Bacchae: Religion and Humanity”
Analysis of the conflicting religious perspectives in Euripides’ classical Greek tragedy The Bacchae leads to a discussion about how a polytheistic society gave way to monotheistic religions. The Hellenistic faith of Ancient Greece and modern-day Christianity are both considered, along with observations regarding the positive and negative effects of religion on the world. A proposed non-religious perspective would better serve collective humanity.
Kaliana Lee, TCC Student: “The History of Christian Churches and the Formation of Bias”
Session B: Faculty Presentation:
Dr. Joseph Boyne, assistant professor of English, TCC Faculty: “
Session C: Faculty Creative Presentation
Dr. Allen Culpepper, associate professor of English, TCC creative writing faculty, “Poetry: A Religious Experience”
Introduced by Prof. Josh Parish, associate professor of English, TCC creative writing faculty
Dr. Culpepper will read a selection of his poems about churches and religious themes.
Session D: Student Panel Discussion:
Zoe Mcclean, Hunter Bamburg, Elijah Brown, TCC students, “Biases Between Religions and Within Denominations”
Introduced by Sophie Arroyo, TCC student
A panel discussion by students from a religious-diversity-themed Honors English Composition class.
3:30-4:30 p.m.: PLENARY SPEAKER:
Dr. Lisa Barnett, Assistant Professor of American Religious History, Phillips Theological Seminary, “Peyote and the Native American Church.”
Introduced by Dr. Heather Wilburn, TCC Philosophy Faculty
Dr. Barnett will be discussing peyote and the Native American Church, a topic that she studied extensively for her doctoral dissertation.
4:30-5:00 p.m.: Informal wrap-up session:
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for an informal chat about the topics of the day. Hosted by Dr. Allen Culpepper, TCC Honors Program Coordinator.
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