WAYS OF KNOWING CONFERENCE REFLECTION

The second annual Way’s of Knowing graduate conference on religion was a lively success.  On behalf of Professor Ahmed Ragab, I want to thank all who contributed time, energy, and creativity to the conference’s success. The Office of Information Technology and Media Services and the Office of Operations were indispensable in preparing the rooms and equipment for panelists and speakers. A team of 15 graduates students worked in different capacities from the earliest stages of planning through to staffing the event itself. They aided in constructing and publicizing the call for papers, designing posters, logos, tote bags, and other publicity materials. They helped review submissions, form panels, prepare programs, name tags, and registrations packages. They spent long shifts overseeing the smooth running of the event, and with over 200 registered for the conference, and a sustained presence of 50 to 75 participants and attendees onsite throughout the two days, their presence and effort was vital to maintaining a seamless flow of events. I cannot thank them enough. We are especially grateful to our Harvard faculty whose participation as conference speakers and panelists drew enthusiastic crowds of students and significantly enhanced the conference experience for all our attendees. Finally, the conference would not have been possible without the sponsorship and support of Science, Religion, and Culture at Harvard Divinity School, the Office of Student Life, and the New England/Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion.

Preparation for the 2014 conference begins in March, and we plan to increase the opportunities for student involvement at all levels in the conference’s preparation and organization.