Monthly Archives: November 2013

November 20, 2013

Members of Students For Middle East Peace hold fundraiser

Members of “Students For Middle East Peace” (SMEP) braved the elements last Monday in an all-day fundraising sale of Kettle Corn aimed at raising funds for next semester’s programming. Plans are to sponsor a “Middle East Film Event” and also a university-wide panel presentation with position papers on controversial Middle East issues.  Although membership in the group is comprised primarily of students who have participated in the summer Middle East Study Abroad course, membership is open to all.  For further information contact Victoria Meeks, president of the chapter.

Pictured from left to right are: Jeremy Bone, Deanna Barger, Dr. Mark Appold, faculty advisor, Jordyn Williams, Victoria Meeks, Deanna Leiber, and Summer Jensen.

SMEP fundraiser











Students attend International Bethsaida Conference


Truman students who had previously participated in the Middle East Study Abroad program were guests at the International Bethsaida Conference held November 14 – 16 at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Keynote speakers were Prof. Gabriel Barkai from Jerusalem, well known researcher and archaeologist, who presented on the “Secrets of the Temple Mount” and Prof. Danel Kahn, former chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Haifa University, who presented on “The Campaign of Sennacherib Against Judah.”   Seventeen other presenters were on the agenda including Dr. M. Appold who addressed the question “Was Jesus a Zealot?”

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Mark Appold, Ben Batzer, Heather Redel, Jordyn Williams, Brandon Bolte, Samantha Wickam, and Summer Jensen.

BethsaidaConference photo








November 1, 2013

Truman’s 2013 PHRE Undergrad Conference schedule now available


Saturday, November 9, 2013
All sessions will take place in the Alumni Room, Student Union Building.  For more info (including talk abstracts), see the conference webpage.

9:05 am
Welcome to the conference

9:10 am
Ni Addo Abrahams, Missouri State University, “A Fool’s Wisdom (1st Corinthians 1:18-25)”

9:45 am
Adam Stroud, Lindenwood University, “Moral Philosophy in Giordano Bruno’s The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast”

10:20 am
Emma Prendergast, Millikin University, “Mo Tzu’s Law of Universal Mutual Love and the Prisoner’s Dilemma”

10:55 am
Kenny L. Maese, University of Nebraska at Omaha, “A Truth Carried by the Wave: Curving the Perception of Traditional Western Religion”

11:30 am
Ben Conover, Saint Louis University, “The Spooky Metaphysics of Causal Powers”

12:05 pm
Keynote Talk: 12:30 pm
Dr. Evan Williams, Truman State University
Topic: Can Environmental Damage Be Both Morally Permissible and Morally Bad?
Georgian Room B, Student Union
Lunch provided

2:00 pm
Anson Tullis, Washburn University, “Fictional Characters and Meinongian Theory of Objects”

2:35 pm
Sean Marren, Drury University, “Heraclitus’ Stratified Ontology alongside Nietzsche’s Neutral Ontology”

3:10 pm
Summer Jensen, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, “Globalization and Islam: A Look at ART Integration in the Muslim Middle East”

3:45 pm
Ian Jones, University of Nebraska at Omaha, “From Asteroids to Skyrim: Ritual Practice and the Gaming Community”

4:20 pm
Elisabeth Bancroft Wessel Meindl, Principia College, “Redefining History, Redefining God”