Hoya Paxa Student Symposium 2024

Students discuss religion and politics in comparative perspectives during the final panel of the 2024 student symposium.

April 13, 2024
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Leavey Center Program Room Map

The Hoya Paxa Student Symposium featured our Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs (REWA) minors showcasing their capstone projects, as well as student research projects from other Berkley Center programs and courses.

We invited Georgetown and the wider Berkley Center community to participate by attending in-person sessions or engaging with virtual student projects. 


9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Poster Session and Refreshments

  • Maeve Foley, "Faith, Friction, and the Fight Against the Spread: Evaluating Perceptions and Realities of the Catholic Church’s Controversial Role in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic"

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Welcome

  • Nick Scrimenti, Director of Student Programs 
  • Nigel Li, REWA TA

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Religion in History and Culture

  • Katarina Junod, "American Purity Culture and Generation Z"
  • Annalise Myre, "The Sisterhood of the Female Tactical Platoon: Hazara Women Special Operators and the Ethics of Supporting our Afghan Allies"
  • Nicholas Valin, "What the World gets Wrong about Myanmar"
  • Whitney Johnson, "Bridging Faith and Development: Exploring Buddhism, Religious Diplomacy, and The Belt and Road Initiative"
  • Moderator: Gwyneth Murphy

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Boxed Lunch and Learn with Alumni

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Faith and Ethics in International Relations

  • Henry McQueen, "The Connection Between Agriculture and Religion: Religious Engagement in West Africa"
  • Ishan Datey, "Examining UNGA Debate through the Lens of the Nayasutras"
  • Karis Danner McDonald, "Public Religion in Cambodia Following the Fall of the Khmer Rouge"
  • Alice Bolandhemat, "France’s Laicité versus Iran’s Compulsory Hijab: The Dangers of Both Secularism and Religious Governance in Determining Women’s Rights"
  • Moderator: Jacob Adams

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective

  • Shameer Nawaz, "Two From One? An Analysis of the Rise and Impacts of Religious Nationalism in the Indian Subcontinent"
  • Alexa King, "Investigating the Factors Influencing Middle Eastern and North African Countries’ Perceptions of and Policies Towards Muslim Minority Groups Abroad"
  • Ania Uzieblo, "From Altars to Borders: Understanding the Intersection of Religion, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Ukrainian Orthodox Schism"
  • Eli Hicks, "The Influence of US Evangelical Groups on Anti-LGBTQ Sentiment in Uganda"
  • Moderator: Nigel Li

2:30-2:40pm | Closing Remarks

  • Nick Scrimenti, Director of Student Programs 

Other Participants

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