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The Religious State of the 918 | Research Symposium

ZOOM February 26, 2021 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Event Details

The Religious State of the 918, a virtual research symposium, has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26, with pre-recorded content available all day and live sessions via Zoom in the afternoon. The event is sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities, the Tulsa Community College Foundation, and the TCC Honors Program.

Keynote speaker Dr. Eric Reitan, professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, will lecture at 1 p.m. on the topic “Is Religious Diversity a Threat to Faith? A Defense of the Value of Diversity.” Plenary speaker Dr. Lisa Barnett, Dr. Lisa Barnett, assistant professor of American religious history at Phillips Theological Seminary, will speak on “Peyote and the Native American Church” at 3:30 p.m. The day’s other events are expected to include student and faculty presentations, also live via Zoom, as well some access to pre-recorded materials online.

The Religious State of the 918 Research Symposium

  • The Symposium is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26. It will be virtual, with poster presentations posted in advance and other sessions presented via Zoom.
  • It is coordinated by the Tulsa Community College Honors Program and funded by Oklahoma Humanities and the TCC Foundation.
  • Undergraduate students from Tulsa-area (broadly interpreted, now that it's virtual) colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals for papers, posters, and panels. Any topic related to religion. (Topics with a Tulsa or Oklahoma connection are especially encouraged, but not required.) I sent the call for papers earlier, but I'm attaching it here as well.

Tentative agenda:

  • All day: Pre-recorded poster presentations and welcome video available for viewing (posted on the RS918 web page hosted by the Tulsa Community College Library)
  • 1:00-2:15 p.m.: Opening session with keynote speaker Dr. Eric Reitan (via Zoom): "Is Religious Diversity a Threat to Faith?"
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Student presentations, Round 1 (via Zoom)
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Plenary session with guest speaker Dr. Lisa Barnett (via Zoom): "Peyote and the Native American Church in Oklahoma"
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m.: Wrap-up session. Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and join us for an informal chat about the topics of the day.

The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at A single registration allows access to one or all sessions. Pre-recorded presentations, along with descriptions of all presentations, both live and recorded will be available on the day of the symposium on the Religious State of the 918 page hosted by the TCC library at Zoom links and other information will be both emailed to registrants and posted on the web page.

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Contact: Dr. Allen Culpepper, TCC Honors Program coordinator,

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****This program is funded in part by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.

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