Upcoming Events and News:

Poster for Guy Consolmagno Lecture on November 5, 7:00 PM

PAR MAJOR Steve Nunez receives prestigous awards:

Steve Nuneznunez awards

Jose Herrara Veteran puts leadership skills to good use in community. (click for link to article)

Jose Herrara picture

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

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd @ 7 pm UNCW Burney Center Call 910-792-0507

Speaker Rev. John O'Malley, SJ, Ph.D. The Francis Factor:
"The Francis Factor" Fr. O'Malley is a professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University. He is well known as a Scholar, Author, International Lecuturer, Jesuit Priest and Member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences.



Mark Rowlands, "The Memories that Become Blood: Memoir and the Self," March 21, 2014 (Hall/Megivern Lecture) Cameron Hall Auditorium Room 105 at 7:00 PM

Mark Rowlands, Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami, will deliver this academic year's lecture in honor of B. Frank Hall and James Megivern. Click here for his brief biography.

Continental Drift II: Conference Program

All Sessions in Fisher University Union (FUU) Azalea Coast Rooms 2001 A & B (See final page for link to campus map)

9:00 – 9:30 Coffee and Bagels (Hallway Outside Conference Rooms)

9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Talk, Azalea Cost Room A (Moderator: Evan Hayes)

10:45 -12:00 Concurrent Sessions

Azalea Coast Room A: Nietzsche (Moderator: Dr. Matt Eshleman)

Azalea Coast Room B: Existential Themes (Moderator: Dr. Matt Waldschlagel)

LUNCH: 12:00 – 1:00 (On your own)

1:15 – 2:45 Concurrent Sessions

Azalea Coast Room A: Analytic Philosophy (Moderator: Dr. Scott James)

Azalea Coast Room B: Ethical Themes (Moderator: Dr. Candace Gauthier)

3:00 – 4:15 Concurrent Sessions

Azalea Coast Room A: Religion and Philosophy (Moderator: Dr. Diana Pasulka)

Azalea Coast Room B: Philosophy and the Soul (Moderator: Dr. Heath White)

4:30-5:45 CFCC Round-Table Discussion: (Moderator: Dr. Tom Schmid)

“On the State of Higher Education”

Discussants: Drs. Eric Brandon, Shane Oakley, and Robert Sutton

Campus Map: http://www.uncw.edu/ba/campus_map/index.htm

Banquet: 6:30pm— Dockside Waterfront Bar and Marina - for presenters and faculty

1308 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 256-2752


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

The PAR Society schedule for Spring of 2014 is posted on their webpage. 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.

Faculty Awards:


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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