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Religion scholars gathering here March 30-31

March  14, 2012

Dr. Jason Bivins

More than 85 presentations on a wide variety of topics will be offered at the American Academy of Religion Midwest conference March 30-31 at Augustana.

All sessions and the keynote address by Dr. Jason Bivins of North Carolina State University, "Religion and Fear," are free and open to all.

Conference tracks include Religion in American Culture, Religions of Asia, Arts, Literature and Religion, Gender and Religion, Islam, Teaching Religion and more.

This is the third year that the annual gathering of scholars of religion from across the Midwest will be hosted at Augustana.

Academic papers will be presented in four concurrently running sessions in Carlsson-Evald Hall. The first session will run from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Friday. Saturday sessions will run from 8:30-10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2:45-4:30 p.m.

See a complete schedule of session tracks and talks

The keynote by Dr. Bivins, "Religion and Fear," will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the Olin Center for Technology.

He is a specialist in religion and American culture, focusing particularly on the intersection between religions and politics since 1900.

Dr. Bivins is the author of Religion of Fear: The Politics of Horror in Conservative Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press, 2008) and The Fracture of Good Order: Christian Antiliberalism and the Challenge to American Politics (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), in addition to multiple articles, review essays, and occasional pieces on religion, politics, and culture in the United States. He also co-edits the American Religions section of Religion Compass.

For more information, contact Augustana's Dr. Kristy Nabhan-Warren, conference coordinator.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833