2014 Conference “Barriers to Compassion”

University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, June 10-12

Angela Sims, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri

Dr. Angela D. Sims holds a doctorate in Christian Social Ethics from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Principal investigator for an oral history project, Remembering Lynching: Strategies of Resistance and Visions of Justice her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Womanist Scholars Program at the Interdenominational Theological Center, the Louisville Institute, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University.

Dr. Sims is the author of Ethical Complications of Lynching: Ida B. Wells’s Interrogation of American Terror (2010)and co-editor with Katie Geneva Cannon and Emilie M. Townes of Womanist Theological Ethics: A Reader (2011). A native of Louisiana, Dr. Sims is an ordained National Baptist clergywoman.

The working title of Dr. Sims’ presentation for Theology & Peace 2014 is: “Courageous Truth Telling: A Theological Ethical Mandate to Remember Lynching”

Ann Cale Kruger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Special Education Georgia State University

Ann Cale Kruger is a developmental psychologist whose research investigates the functions of discourse, relationships, and thought in the development of cultural knowledge. She has published in journals such as Child Development, Social Development, Developmental Psychology, Human Nature, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Journal of Child Language, Visual Arts Research, Journal of Educational Research, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences and has presented her research at professional conferences around the world.

Dr. Kruger recently completed seven years of federally funded research investigating changes in language development and academic achievement in children who experience teaching that integrates drama into the language arts curriculum. Dr. Kruger also is a member of the research faculty in the GSU Center for Research on School Safety where she directs Project PREVENT, an intervention to promote the psychological health of Atlanta school children most at risk of commercial sexual exploitation.

The working title of her presentation for Theology & Peace 2014 is: “Relationships in Mind.”

Brian Robineette, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Boston College Theology Department

Brian D. Robinette is associate professor at Boston College, where he teaches and researches in the areas of philosophical and systematic theology. He obtained his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. His research interests include: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Mimetic Theory, Theological Aesthetics, Mystical Theology, and Theologies of Creation. In 2009 he published Grammars of Resurrection: A Christian Theology of Presence and Absence (New York: Crossroad/Herder), which won awards from the Catholic Press Association and the College Theology Society. He has also published several articles, including on the thought of Thomas Merton, Jean-Luc Marion, Charles Taylor, and René Girard. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

The working title of Prof. Robinette’s presentation for Theology & Peace 2014 is: “Kenosis and Compassion: Contemplative Practice in a Girardian Key”