The Florida State University Department of Religion's 14th Annual Graduate Student Symposium just ended a few hours ago and I wanted to offer a brief recap.
The symposium was a huge success by all accounts. Putting together a 3-day symposium with 5 meals for over 100 people, scores of presenters, many panels, a keynote, and a roundtable is not easy (I know, because I did it last year), but Andy McKee, this year's director, has worked for months to make this year's symposium a success and the fruits of his labor were borne this weekend.
The symposium consisted of 17 separate panels, wherein 67 graduate students presented their research. The graduate students represented at least 25 different programs and 3 different countries. The theme of the weekend was Resistance and Religion and was highlighted by a truly riveting keynote by Bruce Lincoln entitled, "A Seventeenth-Century Werewolf and the Drama of Religious Resistance." As I understand it, an audio version of his keynote will soon be posted on our departmental website. I will post it when it goes live.
Graduate student conferences seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but the FSU Religion symposium remains, in my humble opinion, one of the best. I'm grateful that so many bright graduate students from all over came this weekend. Scholarship was discussed excitedly and new friendships were forged. If you didn't come this year, you should plan to come next year. You won't regret it.