Knox Students present Papers at Religious Studies Conference

Two Knox students—Senior Anya Wang and Junior Melissa Smith—traveled to Muncie, Indiana in early March to present papers at the annual conference of the Midwest Region of the American Academy of Religion (MAAR). Wang presented her paper, “Intellectual Intuition in Kant’s First Critique and Mystical Experiences,” as part of a panel on Ethics and Philosophy: Ethics, Intuition and the Theological. Smith presented her paper, “Martyrdom and Suicide: A Political Comparison,” as part of a panel on Islam: Revitalization of Religious Thought and Practices in a Radical Age. The American Academy of Religion is a national professional organization for scholars of religious studies. The Midwest regional group invites paper proposals for its annual conference from faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. James Thrall, director of the Knox Religious Studies Program, accompanied the students to the conference. The Knight Fund for the support of religious studies provided funding for the students’ participation.