Double Win for FSU!: Dr. Paul Boaheng Elected New President of NCRSA, FSU to host next NCRSA Conference in November, 2015

At its Annual Conference at Duke University Divinity School on Saturday, November 1, the North Carolina Religious Studies Association (NCRSA) elected FSU faculty Dr. Paul Boaheng as their next President for the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Boaheng, an Assistant Professor in our Philosophy Unit, Dept of Government and History, teaches World Religions among other courses. On Saturday he chaired one of the initial workshops and later presented his own paper on Pascal’s Wager. He has been a member of NCRSA since 2008, and served as the Association’s Conference Manager for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Conference was attended by about 60 participants from various NC campuses including UNC@Chapel Hill, Shaw, Western Carolina, St Andrew, and UNC@ Pembroke. FSU faculty participants besides Dr. Boaheng were Dean John Brooks, the honorary Secretary-Treasurer of the Association, Dr. Richard Hall who read a paper on Hartmann, the Philosopher of Pessimism, Dr. Ngozi Kamalu who read a paper on the role of the United Church of Christ in pursuing Environmental Justice, Dr. Kofi Johnson who read a paper on the History of the Aladura Movement in Nigeria, and Dr. Joseph Osei who read a paper on the theological-ethical context and significance of Hillary Clinton’s self-identification as a United Methodist woman.

To encourage student-participation in the Conference, the Association has recently instituted annual awards for best essays by a graduate and an undergraduate student. This year’s graduate student essay was won by Matt Janzen, a doctoral candidate of Duke University. His winning essay was: “Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin on God’s Providence: The Impact of Nominalism on Protestant Formulations of the Doctrine.”The undergraduate prize went to Abdul Latif, also from Duke University, for his paper “From Mystical Authority to Messianic Claims: Sufism’s Relationship to Mahdism.”

The Executives also announced that the next Conference of the Association will be held here at FSU. Faculty, staff or students interested in joining or participating in the Association’s activities may contact Dean Brooks at 672-2115 or Greg Rich at 672-1045 For further information about the Association and its activities, including recent and current editions of its
e-journal: Thinking about Religion, please go to http://organizations.uncfsu.edu/ncrsa/.

Report by

Dr. Joseph Osei X1883
Phil/G&H