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Religion and the State Conference
Narratives and Negotiation: Agency, Religion and the State
April 12-14, 2013

Friday, April 12th

9:00am-10:00am     Registration
Law First Floor

Panel 1: Undergraduate Research Panel

10:00am – 12:00pm, Law Room 283

Chair, Jennifer Stevens, Roger Williams University

Kevin Marchand

Roger Williams University, Creative Writing Major

“Divided Beliefs and Common Suffering: Islam and Christianity in Nigeria”

Tom Sojka    

Roger Williams University, History/Political Science Double Major

“Women of Allah: The Veil, Shirin Neshat, and Revolutionary Women in Islamic Society”

Emily Masseo           

Roger Williams University, History/Secondary Education Double Major

“Polemics and Denial: Redefining the Assyrian Genocide”

Kyle Sandler

Roger Williams University, History Major

“The Rabbi and the Ayatollah: Theocracy in Israel and Iran”

Nicole David

Roger Williams University, History Major

“Social Engineering: Stolen Babies of Spain”

12:00pm – 1:30pm     Lunch in the Commons

Panel 2: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Ethics

1:30pm – 3:30pm, Law Room 283

Chair, Laura D’Amore, Roger Williams University

Louise Doire

College of Charleston

“Altering Landscapes: French-Canadian Catholics and Ethnic-Style Unionism in Woonsocket, Rhode Island”

Jessica Cooperman

Muhlenberg College

“State Power and the Shaping of American Jewish Identity in the 20th Century”

Debra Mulligan

Roger Williams University

“Soul Libertie” versus the Sons and Daughters of Eire: The Irish Catholic Immigrant in Rhode Island”

Marko Vekovic

University of Belgrade

“Serbian Orthodox church in USA – Forms of Engagement and Dialogue with other Religious Groups”

3:30pm – 3:45pm  COFFEE BREAK

Law Second Floor Atrium

Panel 3: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Society

3:45pm 5:45pm, Law Room  283

Chair, Charlotte Carrington, Roger Williams University

James Tackach

Roger Williams University

“The First Amendment Critique of 1850 Fugitive Slave Law”

Laura Baines-Walsh

Boston College

“Holding Onto the Ties that Bind: The Lutheran Church and the Coming Civil War”

Steve Peraza

SUNY at Buffalo

“They are Left the Sunday Without Hindrance: Slavery, Religion, and the Law in Spanish Colonial Louisiana”

Nicole Breault

University of Massachusetts, Boston

“Their Supervision was Temporal not Ecclesiastical: Issues of Authority, Consent, and Christianity in Marshpee District, 1833-1840””

6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner in the Commons

President Farish – Welcome



Friday, April 12, 2013 7-8pm

Appellate Court, RWU Law School Room 283

Steven Green

Willamette University

“The Unknown Disestablishment of the Nineteenth Century”

Saturday, April 13th

9am-10:00am     Registration
Law First Floor  

Panel 4: Shifting Towards Modernity

9:30am – 11:30am, Law Room 285

Chair, Autumn Quezada-Grant, Roger Williams University

Matt McCook

Oklahoma Christian University

“The Sectarian Friend: Elias Hicks and the Second Great Awakening”

Brent Sirota

North Carolina State University

“Assimilation and a Reconsideration of Demographical Religious Pressure”

William Pritchard

SUNY at Buffalo

“A Petition to Congress for a Mail Steamship Line: New Orleans’ Black Protestants, Requests for Federal Subsides, etc.”

Paul Zwirecki

SUNY at Buffalo

“Yankee Benevolence: Religion and the New York State Lunatic Asylum, 1838-1849”

Panel 5: State and Non-State Minorities

9:30am – 11:30am, Law Room 286

Chair, Sargon Donabed, Roger Williams University

Aryo Makko

Stockholm University

“State and Minorities in the Global Age: Transnational Diaspora Activism and Contemporary Turkish Politics”

Michael Graziano

Florida State University

“Supreme Narrative: Stories of the State Tell Itself”

Hannibal Travis

Florida International University

“The Large Country Syndrome: An Obstacle to Religious Tolerance?”

11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch in the Commons

Panel 6: Middle East

1:00pm – 3:00pm, Law Room 285

Chair, Sargon Donabed, Roger Williams University

Ryan Hammack

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)

“Visions of Al-Quds: Fragments of a Palestinian Imgaination”

Douglas Garrison

University of Denver

“Sacred and Profane in Pluralist Politcs: Activist Salafism and the Democratic Process in Egypt”

Fadi Dawood

University of London

“Assyrians, Communalism, and the Modern Iraqi State”

Paul Rowe

Trinity Western University

“Church-State Relations in the ‘New Egypt’”

Panel 7: Late Twentieth Century

1:00pm – 3:00pm, Law Room 286

Chair, Autumn Quezada-Grant, Roger Williams University

Blake Ellis

Lone Star College - CyFair

“They Refuse to Read the First Amendment: Texas Baptists and the Rise of the Christian Right, 1970-1985”

Kristen Shedd

University of California, Santa Barbara

“Tempest in a Teacup: Warping the Church and State Divide”

Lauren Turek

University of Virginia

“Demarcating Human Dignity: Christian Interest Groups, Human Rights Discourse, and Human Rights Policy in the Reagan Era”

Sharron Greaves

Nyack College

“Reflections of Religion: Exploring Spiritual Narratives on the Nigerian Screen”

3:00pm – 3:30pm COFFEE BREAK

Law Second Floor Atrium

Panel 8: Twentieth Century Latin America

3:30pm – 5:30pm, Law Room 285

Chair, Autumn Quezada-Grant, Roger Williams University

Gabriella Torres

Wheaton College

“Show That You Fear God!: Fear the Militarization of the Father in Guatemala’s La Violencia”

Autumn Quezada-Grant

Roger Williams University

“¡Cristiana, Socialista, Solitaria!: From Rebel to Born-Again, Nicaragua and the New Language of Revolution”

Daniel J. Daly

Saint Anselm College

“The Moral Nature of Structures in Post-Vatican II Catholic Ethics”


Saturday, April 13, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Appellate Court, RWU Law School, Room 283

Ivan Petrella

Academic Director of Fundacion Pensar

Buenos Aires, Argentina

“New Directions for Liberation Theology in the 21st Century”

7:00pm Dinner at Redlefsen’s

Sunday, April 14th

Panel 9: Walls of Separation

9:30am – 12:00pm, Law Room 285

Chair, Dr. Debra Mulligan, Roger Williams University

Tad Kugler

Roger Williams University

“Assimilation and a Reconsideration of Demographical Religious Pressure”

Jordan Miller

Salve University

“The Secular Space of Political Theology: Betwixt and Between”

Ryan Marnane

Salve Regina University

“An/Exposition (obligatory colon) Breaking the Wall of Separation”

Matthew Costello

Salve Regina University

“Inspired Humility: A Leadership Model of Negotiating Understanding in a Shifting Landscape”

Michelle Frisbie-Fulton

Salve Regina University

“Trimming the Hedge: Threshold to Our Own Garden”

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch in the Commons

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Joshua B. Stein Memorial