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Institute on World War II / Conference Program

Conference Program

The World War II and Religion Conference

Hotel Duval
Tallahassee, Florida

November 29 – December 2, 2012

Sponsored by
The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience
and
The Department of Religion
at Florida State University

 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Department of Religion invites you and a guest to the Public Lecture
inaugurating the World War II and Religion Conference.
 
LOCATION  ALUMNI CENTER – BALLROOM
                     1030 W. Tennessee St.
6:15 P.M.   KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Steven M. Miner, Ohio University
                  "Pope’s Divisions: the Stalinist State and Religion during World War II”

(FREE Lecture & Reception - Open to the public.
No Registration Needed for Lecture and Reception) Reception to follow.
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Friday, November 30, 2012

 8:00 – 9:00      REGISTRATION

 9:00                 WELCOME

 9:30 – 11:30    MORNING SESSION
THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE
Chair:  G. Kurt Piehler, Florida State University

  • Page Delano, Borough of Manhattan Community College
    “Prejudices and Open Hearts: Religion in the Vittel Internment Camp”
  • Eliyana R. Adler, University of Maryland
    “Religious Revival in the Soviet Union at War?: The Case of Polish Jewish Deportees”
  • Joan Friedman, College of Wooster
    “Red, White, and Blewish:  Orthodox Judaism Adapts to Military Service”

Commentator:  Nathan Stoltzfus, Florida State University

11:30 – 12:45  LUNCHEON (advance registration required)

 
1:00 – 3:00      RELIGION, ETHICS, AND THE WAR
Chair:  George Williamson, Florida State University

  • David King, Memphis Theological Seminary
    “Preaching Peace in an Age of Total War”
  • Richard Weikart, California State University
    “How Hitler’s Religion and Morality Spawned War and Genocide”
  • Jeremy Koop, York University
    “Emanuel Hirsch and Karl Barth: Theopolitical Opposition and the Theological Support for War”

Commentator:  John Kelsay, Florida State University

3:15 – 5:15      RELIGIOUS LIFE UNDER THE NAZIS AND IN  STALIN’S RUSSIA

Chair:  Monte Finkelstein, Tallahassee Community College

  • Panteleymon Anastasakis, City College in New York
    “Church of Greece Under Nazi Occupation”
  • William Skiles, University of California, San Diego
    “Preaching to Nazi Germany: Confessing Church Sermons on National Socialism and the Jews”
  • Gilya Gerda Schmidt, The University of Tennessee Knoxville
    “The Lutheran Church and the War Criminal in Their Midst: An Example”

Commentator:  Robert Gellately, Florida State University

 
Saturday, December 1, 2012

 
8:30 – 9:00      REGISTRATION

9:30 – 11:30    THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF THE AMERICAN G.I.

Chair:  Brooks Pettit, Florida State University

  • John Seitz, Fordham University
    “Battle Fatigue:  U.S. Catholics and Mental Health in WWII and its Aftermath”
  • Andrew Polk, Florida State University
    “For God and Country:  The Challenges of Religious Unity during the Second World War”
  • Ronit Stahl, University of Michigan
    “Chaplain Jim Wants You!  Boundaries of Religion in the Warfare State”
  • Kevin L. Walters, University of Kentucky
    “Exigencies of War:  Lay Leadership Among U.S. Troops in World War II"

Commentator:  G. Kurt Piehler, Florida State University

11:30 – 12:45  LUNCHEON (advance registration required)

1:00 – 3:00      QUESTIONS OF RACE AND JUSTICE
Chair:  Suzanne Sinke, Florida State University

  • Anne Blankenship, Washington University in St. Louis
    “Planning a New World Order:  United Protestant Worship During the World War II Japanese American Incarceration”
  • Beth Hessel, Texas Christian University
    “The Challenge of Justice and Comity: The Work of the Protestant Church Commissions for Japanese Service During World War II”
  • John Lowell Crow, Florida State University
    “Ariosophic Demon Seeds:  Theosophical Roots of Nazi Race Theory”

Commentator:  Sarah A. Buck-Kachaluba, Florida State University

3:15 – 5:15      RELIGION AND NATIONALISM
Chair:  Claudia Liebeskind, Florida State University

  • Akira Nishimura, Kagoshima University
    “Religious Sector’s Commitment to the Battlefield Pilgrimage in Postwar Japan”
  • Kenta Awazu, Nanzan University
    “Rituals of Silence: The Shaping of Memorial Services in Wartime and Post-war Japan”
  • Michiaki Okyuma, Nanzan University
    “Religious Responses to the Atomic Bomb in Nagasaki”

Commentator:  Theodore Cook, William Paterson University and IRCJS

 
7:30 – 9:00      BANQUET (advance registration required)

Speaker:  Edward J. K. Gitre, University of Virginia
                “Sheltering the Madonna and Child”

 
Sunday, December 2, 2012

 
9:30 – 11:30    THE AFTERMATH OF THE WAR IN AMERICA
                        Chair:  Neil Jumonville, Florida State University

  • James Burnham Sedgwick, Acadia Unversity
    “Courts, Conscience, Conversion: Religion and International Justice in the Wake of World War II”
  • Joseph Williams, Rutgers University
    “Pentecostal Prophecy and Healing in the Aftermath of World War II”
  • Brad L. Stoddard, Florida State University
    “Remembering World War II in the Nationof Islam”
  • Matthew S. Hedstrom, University of Virginia
    “Religious Reading Mobilized: World War II and the Rise of Spiritual Cosmopolitanism in the US”

Commentator:  Rachel Lindsey, Florida State University

 

This conference has been made possible in part by an endowment established by Ms. Pearl S. Tyner.  Tyner was a 1930 graduate of the Florida State College for Women and served in World War II.  We also want to express our generosity to all who have supported the Institute financially.