Religious studies majors Phoebe Duke-Mosier ’19 and Estella Brenneman ’20 recently presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion. The meeting took place at McGill University in Montreal.

Brenneman presented a paper on “The Millennial Pilgrim: The Influence of Technology and Questions of Authenticity and Spirituality on the Camino” as part of a panel focused on science, technology, and authenticity. Her paper was based on ethnographic research she conducted on the Camino de Santiago with funding from the Levitt Center.

Duke-Mosier’s paper was titled “Reappropriating and Reclaiming: Native American Strategies of Resistance.” Written for a Native American Spiritualities class, the paper earned the conference’s Undergraduate Paper Award.

This was the second consecutive year that a Hamilton student won this prestigious award – Jade Alvillar ’18 was last year’s winner. Both students’ research was supervised by Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Seth Schermerhorn.

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