Religion majors Haley Arnspiger-Dierke and Jacob Williams presented their research at the American Academy of Religion–Southwest Region Annual Conference at the beginning of March. Haley's paper was titled "Relationality, Vulnerability, and Subjectification: A Call to Redefine Power and Listen to Seek Racial Harmony," and Jacob's was "The Uniting Force of Vulnerability: A Comparative Study of the Role of Religion throughout Crises." Both papers were well received and elicited good discussion.
Their research began in Dr. Pevateaux's fall 2019 course Studies in Comparative Religion, organized around the theme of vulnerability, and will continue with their UCD presentations this spring. Also at the conference, Dr. Pevateaux presented his own research titled "The Varieties of Vulnerable Experience: A Study in Human Nature, More or Less." His presentation was based on his current book project, which will continue for some time.
Additionally, Dr. Pevateaux was a roundtable participant on the panel "Contemplative Studies in the Southwest Region" with professors from TCU and Austin College, as well as presider of the panel "Hidden Histories and Feminist Futures: Toward Gender Equity in Text, Ritual, and Practice."