Regional Conference, Indiana, 2019

Religious Experience and Description

Second Regional SOPHERE Conference,  October 10-12, 2019,  co-hosted by the Departments of Psychology, Philosophy,  and Theology of  Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA

 Keynote Speakers:

Bruce Ellis Benson (Logos Institute, University of St. Andrews, and the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology)

Peter Costello (Providence College)

Presidential Address:

Martin Nitsche (Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences; Vise-President of the European Outreach, SoPheRe)

Confirmed Speakers

Michael Barber (Saint Louis University)

James Hart (University of Indiana)

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (Jesuit School of Theology and UC Davis)

Scientific Committee:

Jason Alvis (University of Vienna), Michael Barber (Saint Louis University), Peter Costello (Providence College), Neal DeRoo (The King’s University, Canada), Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and UC Davis), Kristof Oltvai (The University of Chicago)

Conference Directors

Jim Nelson, Ph.D., Psychology (

Aaron Preston, Ph.D., Philosophy (

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