Start: April 16, 2021 9 a.m.
End: April 16, 2021 7:30 p.m.

Contact Details

Dr. Matthew Hotham

Time: Multiple Events All Day Long
Location: Various locations both on campus and on Zoom

Schedule and Zoom links

9-9:30 a.m. – Philosophy Essay Contest Winner presentation
Benjamin Brock for "In Defense of Storytelling" (10-minute presentation, 20-minute Q&A)

10-10:30 a.m. – Religious Studies Essay Contest Winner presentation
Alex Vale for "The Rule of Music in the Life of a Muslim" (10-minute presentation, 20-minute Q&A)

11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Outstanding Senior talks
11:00-11:20 a.m. - Joel Sharp, Co-Outstanding Senior in Religious Studies
11:20-11:40 a.m. - Rose Winters, Outstanding Senior in Philosophy
11:40-12:00 p.m. - Travis Kelly, Co-Outstanding Senior in Religious Studies

12 p.m. – Focus Group for Majors - NQ 291 or on Zoom

All current Philosophy and Religious Studies majors are strongly encouraged to attend a departmental focus group. During this session, students will reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the department, what your life as a student in the department is like, and how you feel this department is preparing you for a post-Ball State future. Your answers will be recorded and shared anonymously to help the department develop it’s curricular and extra-curricular offerings, improve its communication and outreach, and continue to build a robust community of students, faculty, and alumni.

1-3 p.m. – Outdoor reception on the Quad
Join us for a drop-in, outdoor, masked, socially distanced reception. We'll provide boxed lunches and grab-and-go snacks. Stop by for a quick "hello" or stick around to mingle, in person, with faculty and students that you have only seen over Zoom this past year.

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Stance Presentation

3:30 p.m. – Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society initiation on Zoom

4-5 p.m.Keynote – “Religion Out Loud: Humanities Skills, Public Scholarship, & Why They’re Harder Than They Look” with Dr. Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, University of Vermont

When folks talk about the humanities, we are often told that these disciplines give us “soft” skills—but translating theory, history, facts that immediately elicit opinions (even from the deeply uninformed) is anything but easy. Talking about religion out loud has never been more important: we have seen an unprecedented rise in anti-religious hate crimes in the US, we are witnessing a global rise of far-right nationalist movements often rooted in religion, and we know that religion is a crucial piece of politics, racial identities, gender expression, and social justice movements. This talk addresses why humanities disciplines are anything but soft and nothing if not absolutely vital to every system, career, and setting we could name.

6 p.m.Senior dinner on Zoom

All Philosophy and Religious Studies students who plan to graduate sometime in 2021 are welcome to join the faculty for a virtual senior dinner. Grab a meal and beverage, and we’ll provide a dessert (either mailed directly to you or available for pick up in the PRS office). We’ll reminisce about your time in the department and our classes, have some laughs, get a little nostalgic, and wish you well as you move on to whatever comes next!