Department of Religious Studies

Central Texas Colloquium on Religion
Research Conference

February 18, 2012
Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas

Sponsored by:

Seminary of the Southwest
Department of Religious Studies
, The University of Texas at Austin

The Central Texas Colloquium on Religion (CTCR) Research Conference provides an opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in Central Texas to present original research and receive critical feedback within a creative and academic atmosphere.  The conference is organized by graduate students and professors from universities, colleges and seminaries in Central Texas and seeks to foster intellectual dialogue among scholars of religion within our area.  This year's program includes young scholars from Baylor University, Seminary of the Southwest, St. Edward's University, and The University of Texas at Austin.

The conference is free and open to the general public.  Lunch will be provided free of charge.  RSVP is not required.

Keynote Speaker

LMWL. Michael White, Professor of Religious Studies and Classics, The University of Texas at Austin

"Can Anything Good Come out of Noodle?: Professional and Personal Reflections on Studying Religion in the Lone Star State"

L. Michael White is the Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Religious Studies and is Director of the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins (ISAC) at The University of Texas at Austin.  A specialist in religions of the Roman Empire, his particular focus is on the social context of Jews and Christians in the Greco-Roman world.  His publications include Building God’s House in the Roman World: Architectural Adaptation among Pagans, Jews, and Christians (1990), The Social Origins of Christian Architecture (1996), From Jesus to Christianity: How Four Generations of Visionaries and Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith (2004), and Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite (2010).  The latter two books took Grand Prize in the University Co-op's Hamilton Book Awards.  Dr. White is the only two-time winner in the history of the award.  He served as consultant and co-writer, as well as featured in, two PBS/Frontline documentaries: “From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians”, and “Apocalypse! Time, History, and Revolution”.  Dr. White is also Project Director of the Ostia Synagogue Area Excavations (OSMAP), an archaeological field project to reevaluate the area around the ancient synagogue of Ostia Antica, the port city of classical Rome.

Dr. White is a sixth-generation Texan.  He attended Abilene Christian University as an undergraduate before moving on to Yale University, where he completed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies.  He has taught at The University of Texas at Austin since 1996.


Seminary of the Southwest is located at 501 E. 32nd St. in Austin, TX, just north of the UT Austin campus.  Click here for a map.  Free parking is available at the seminary.

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