The Religion Department SIP Symposium

The Senior Integrated Project (SIP) is the capstone of Kalamazoo College’s program of liberal arts education, offering students the opportunity to make use of all of their experiences at the College. The SIP is an occasion for independent scholarship, often in conjunction with an internship or other creative activity which results in a written report, performance, or exhibit. Rather than selecting only a subset of students to work on an honors project or thesis, the College considers such independent work a significant part of the education of all Kalamazoo College students and requires it of all seniors.

Religion SIP Presenters 2024
Religion SIP Symposium
February 10, 2024

The 2024 Religion SIP Symposium

The 2024 Department of Religion SIP Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 10,
in the Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall beginning at 9:30am.

The SIP Symposium Program

9:55 a.m.- Welcome: Dr. Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada

10:00 a.m. Panel A

Exploring the Media and
Materiality of Death and Sex

Iris Chalk, A Modern Virgin Birth and Sexually Active Priest: Catholic Sexuality as Seen on Television
Sydney Salgado, La Vida Después
de la Muerte
Maggie Cashman, The Women Who’ll Weep For Me Have Yet To Be Born:
St. Mary as the Keening Woman in
Irish Tradition

10:45 a.m. Panel B

Reimagining Good & Evil:
Gender, Power, and Authority
in Religious Texts

Talia Dave, Monstrous, Sensual, And Unapologetic: Shurpanakha and Lilith, the Villainesses of Cautionary Tales
Adelaide Bowen, Religion in Knights of the Old Republic: Reconstructing Star Wars Canon
Molly Martinez, Situational Desecration

11:30 a.m. Panel C

Religious History is Local History:
Regional Identities and the Making of Religious & Ethnic Communities

Donovan Greene, St. George of Bridgeville: The Story of Syrian Immigrants in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Darsalam Amir, Embracing Islam: The Zaghawa People’s Transformation of Beliefs and Tradition in Chad
Abbigail McMillian, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”: Exploring Faith, Community, and Gender Roles in the Heart of Appalachia