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'Teaching Religion' conference here April 1-3

March  29, 2011

The Midwest American Academy of Religion will hold its annual regional conference April 1-3 at Augustana College, Rock Island. The theme is "Teaching Religion."

The plenary speaker will be Edward E. Curtis IV on "Teaching Religion after 9/11: On Religious Violence, Public Scholarship, and My Cameo in the 'Ground Zero Mosque' Controversy." Curtis is Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

He will speak from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday in Hanson Hall of Science, room 102. The conference fee will be waived for Augustana students and staff to attend Dr. Curtis' talk as well as other conference sessions of interest. The cost for those who wish to have lunch before his talk, scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the College Center Loft, will pay $10.

Most conference sessions will take place in Evald Hall: see detailed conference schedule. Sessions run from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Friday; and 8:30-10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., and 2:45-4:30 p.m. Saturday. A day-long workshop on teaching will be held on Sunday.

For information about the conference, contact Dr. Kristy Nabhan-­Warren at Augustana, regional director for the Midwest Region, at KristyNabhan-­Warren@augustana.edu or (309-) 794-­7718.