News & Events

PAR Major Steven Nunez Receives Laureate Award

Steve Nuneznunez awards

Veteran Jose Herrara Puts Leadership Skills To Use

Jose Herrara picture

Jose Herrera works nights at the Mercy House shelter for homeless men.


UNCW Philosophy and Religion Department, Cape Fear Community College, UNCW Student Government Association, and Osher Life Long Learning Institute.


The Philosophy and Religion Society meets every other Wednesday night at 6:30 pm

For more information, contact any of the officers of the society. You can also come by the PAR office to add your name to their email distribution list.

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Previous Events:

"God of Abraham: God of Peace? God of War?" (April 11-12, 2013)

The B. Frank Hall-Megivern Interfaith Conference included a keynote address "Scripturalization as Violence" delivered by Dr. Vincent Wimbush from Claremont Graduate University, a plenary address "A Call to Attention: The Legacy of Compassionate Biblical Faith" delivered by Dr. Johanna W.H. van Wijk-Bos from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a guest speech by Dr. Mark D. Siljander, Former Congressman and Deputy U.N. Ambassador.

"Meaningfulness: A Third Dimension of the Good Life" (April 19, 2012)

Dr. Susan Wolf, professor of ethics at UNC-Chapel Hill delivered the B. Frank Hall lecture for this year.

"Tsumanis and Theodicy, Katrina and Karma: Christian and Buddhist Responses to Natural Disasters" (November 7, 2011)

The second James Megivern Lecture was delivered by Dr. Beverley McGuire of the PAR department, and it drew comparisons between theodicies of divine retribution and theories of karmic retribution, exploring alternative attempts to make sense of suffering.

"Emergence of the Skyscraper City" (September 9, 2011)

Mike Wallace, historian and Pulitzer Prize author of Gotham: A History of New York City, lectured on the Creation of Modern New York City as part of the American History Teaching Series.

"Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Impact on American Christianity and Judaism" (April 14, 2011)

Dr. James Charlesworth, Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, delivered the B. Frank Hall lecture for this year.

James Megivern Lecture and Speaker Series (April 20, 2010)

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosted the first-ever James Megivern Lecture on April 20, 2010, with sessions including "Public Education & Teaching Religion Across the Nation" with Dr. Diana Pasulka, "How Jim Changed My Mind on the Death Penalty & Retributive Justice," with Dr. Sam Murrell, "Teaching New Testament at UNCW: Thirty Years of Good Cop, Bad Cop, & the Bible" with Dr. George Zervos, "Can Religion be the Basis for Ethics?" by Dr. Scott James, and "Universal Human Rights: Exemplifying Megivern as a Gentleman, Scholar, Humanitarian and Activist" by Dr. Don Habibi.

Dr. Zervos

Dr. George Zervos

Dr. James

Dr. Scott James

Dr. Habibi

Dr. Don Habibi

Dr. Murrell

Dr. Sam Murrell

Dr. Conser and Dr. Megivern

Dr. Megivern with Dr. Walt Conser and Janet Conser

Dr. Gauthier

Dr. Megivern, Dr. Gauthier, and Mrs. Megivern

"Guns, Gold, and the Civil War" (September 17, 2010)

Part of the American History Teaching Series,T.J. Stiles, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, gave this public lecture exploring American History through the lives of Jesse James and Cornelius Vanderbilt.

"Did God Have a Wife?" (April 1, 2008)

The 2007-2008 B. Frank Hall lecture was delivered by Dr. Willian Dever, one of America's most famous Biblical archaeologists.

The Impact of Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution on Science & Culture (April 16, 2008)

Dr. Philip Kitcher, an internationally famous philosopher of science and John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, spoke on the impact of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution on science and culture.

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