Spring 2023 Student Research Symposium
April 22, 2023
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Leavey Center Program Room Map
The Berkley Center student research symposium features 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 invite Georgetown and the wider Berkley Center community to participate by attending in-person sessions or commenting on virtual student projects. Panel participants will be announced soon.
Public Health Measures: This event will take place in person at Georgetown University, which requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to attest to having a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated. All visitors must complete the COVID-19 visitor registration for this event.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Poster Session and Refreshments
- Jorge Rosario-Cintron, "Blood and Tears in the Name of God: A Comprehensive Analysis of ISIS’ Justification for the Use of Violence and Exploitation"
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Welcome
- Ryann Craig, Director of Student Programs and Assistant Research Professor
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Gender and Sexual Identity in Religious Communities
- Jacob Adams, "The Synod on Synodality and the LGBT Debate"
- Lindsey Parnas, "Queering the Veil: Non-Cisheterosexual Hijabis and their Perception of Veiling and Queerness"
- Kendall Flaharty, "The Church and Gender Inequality in Latin America"
- Moderator: Mackenzie Poust
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Boxed Lunch and Learn with Alumni
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Challenging Boundaries and Barriers
- Gwyneth Murphy, "The Space Between Paradise and Guantanamo Bay: A Comparative Analysis of Religious ‘In-Access,’ Human Deprivation, and Islam’s Survival Behind Bars"
- Sarah Watson, "The Fault Line: Caste-Based Disparities Before, During, and After Nepal’s 2015 Gorkha Earthquake"
- Isabel Janovsky, "Delphine Horvilleur: l'indéfinissable"
- Moderator: Lindsey Parnas
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Church and State in the United States and Beyond
- Domenic De Santes, "The Contributions of Christian Churches to Peacemaking in the Israel-Palestine Conflict"
- Karen Samy, "The Coptic Popes and the State: An Examination of Power and Engagement within the Church from 1952-2014"
- Grace Xu, "The Triumphs and Perils of Social Media for American Religious Literacy"
- Moderator: Sam Kehoe
Student panelists discuss the effects of changing social norms on world religions.
Moderator Mackenzie Poust (G’23) takes an audience question.
Sarah Watson (SFS’23) begins her presentation on the caste system in Nepal and its effects on disaster recovery.
Karen Samy (SFS'23) introduces her research on the Coptic Church in Egypt.
A student in the audience asks the panelists a question.
Jacob Adams (C’23) expounds on the current controversies within the German Catholic Church.
Domenic De Santes (C’23) presents the long history of Christianity in Palestine.
Isabel Janovsky (C’23) describes the current status of female rabbis in France.
Dr. Ryann Craig, the center's director of student programs, acknowledges the vital research done by the student fellows.