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Symposium 22 May, 2015

Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Invited delegates addressed the theme "Wonder and the Natural World." At the symposium funding recipients, along with invited guests, presented their works-in-progress.

Schedule

  9:30-10:30am

Registration (Persimmon Room)

  10:30am-12:00pm

Panel  1: Literary and Visual Invocations of Wondrous Nature (Persimmon Room)

Heather Blair, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Super-natural: Configuring Childhood Virtue in Contemporary Japanese Picture Books”

Kelcey Ervick Parker, Associate Professor, English, Indiana University, South Bend, “Living Nature: Surrealist Landscapes and Dreamscapes”

Richard B. Gunderman, Schools of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, “Medicine: Wonder-less or Wonderful?”

  10:30am-12:00pm

Panel  2: Place and the Sublime in the Environmental Imagination (Sassafras Room)

Phaedra Pezzullo, Associate Professor, Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, “‘Unprecedented, Unthinkable, and Horrific’”: Filipino Climate Justice Advocacy and the Sea Around Us.”

Peter Thuesen, Professor, Religious Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, “Wonder in the Whirlwind: Tornadoes as an American Sublime”

  12:00-1:00pm

Lunch provided for registrants

  1:30-3:00pm

Panel 3: Ambiguous Attraction: Loving and Studying Nature (Persimmon Room)

James Capshew, Associate Professor, History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Bristlecone Pine: The Construction and Fate of a Scientific Wonder”

Vicky Meretsky, Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Michael Muehlenbein, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Conservation Values, Personality, and Motivations for Conserving Primate Populations”

Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, "Wonder, Religious Narrative, and the Quest for the Atomic Bomb"

  1:30-3:00pm

Panel 4:  Enchanted Nature, Wondrous Religion (Sassafras Room)

David Haberman, Professor, Religious Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Anthropomorphism without Anthropocentrism: Ritualized Ways of Enhancing the Experience of Wonder with Natural Phenomena in Devotional Hinduism”

Edward E. Curtis IV, Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts & Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, “Elijah Muhammad’s World of Wonders: Astrophysical Disaster, Genetic Engineering, UFOs, White Apocalypse, and Black Resurrection in the Nation of Islam”

Kelly Hayes, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, “Intergalactic Space-Time Travelers: The Enchanted World of Brazil’s Valley of the Dawn”

  3:30-5:00pm

Plenary Speaker (Dogwood Room)

Bron Taylor, Professor of Religion, Nature and Environmental Ethics, University of Florida, "After Darwin: ‘Dark Green’ Nature Religion and the Future of Religion and Nature"

  5:00-6:30pm

Closing Reception (Georgian Room)