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)

Lea Schweitz (University of Chicago, and Zygon Center for Religion and Science) – to be confirmed

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)

Thomas Ryba (Purdue University)

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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