Recent Invited Appearances & Speaking Engagements

Selected Academic &
Conference Presentations

2016
2nd Annual OMA Diversity Conf.
Stephen F. Austin State University

2014
Bioethics: Brown Bag Series
UT Biomedical Research Center, Texas 

2011
American Academy of Religion (AAR)
Annual Regional Meeting, Kentucky 

2010
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Annual Regional Meeting, Québec 

2009
Ecologies Colloquium
Florida State University

2008
Lighthearted Philosophers’ Society
St. Petersburg Community College, FL

10 Apr 2018 – Speaker
The Book of Kells: Irish Christianity’s Most Cherished Artifact
Tyler Junior College, Library

12 Nov 2017 – Speaker
Beth El, Hebrew High class: Early Christianity
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

5 Nov 2017 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Sibling Rivalry & Interfaith Dialogue
UU Church of Longview

16 Oct 2017 – Speaker
Honors Colloquium: On Religious Tolerance
Tyler Junior College, Wise Auditorium

30 Sep 2017 – Speaker
Yom Kippur Sermon: There’s No Bottom
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

17 Sep 2017 – Speaker
Antisemitism in America
Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin

29 July 2017
Shabbat Service with Campers
Greene Family Camp, Texas

25 July 2017 – Speaker
Interfaith Discussion Panel
Wiley College, Marshall

21 July 2017 – Speaker
Shabbat Sermon: The Jews of Ireland
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

21 July 2017 – Speaker
FIlm Interview for One God, Three Faiths
San Antonio filmmaker

7 July 2017 – Speaker
Shabbat Sermon: Parashat Balak (“A People Who Dwells Alone”)
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

20 June 2017
Open House at the Mosque
Longview Islamic Center

21 May 2017 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Teshuvah and Isaac Singer’s The Penitent
Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin

8 May 2017
Republican Club of Anderson County
Palestine, Texas

7 May 2017
Texas Peace Summit
First Christian Church, Tyler

24 Apr 2017 – Speaker
The Philosophy of Star Wars
Tyler Junior College, Library

9 April 2017 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: The Faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
UU Church of Longview

26 March 2017 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: The Faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin

11 January 2017 – Panelist
Professional Development: Diversity Roundtable
Tyler Junior College, Jenkins Hall

20 November 2016 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Confucianism
Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin

4 November 2016 – Panelist
Faith & Justice: Exploring the Crisis of Empathy
Stephen F. Austin University

20 October 2016 – Speaker
The Scope & Philosophy of Science
Public Science Lecture Series: Center for Earth & Space Science Education

12 October 2016 – Speaker
Yom Kippur Afternoon Sermon: On Solitude
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

21 September 2016
Art of Peace Festival: Peace Meal
University of Texas at Tyler

18 September 2016 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: The Golden Age of Islam
Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin

20 August 2016 – Speaker
The Golden Age of Islam
East Texas Islamic Society (Tyler Mosque)

11 July 2016 – Speaker
Islam with Anwar Khalifa
First Methodist Church, Nacogdoches

6 May 2016 – Speaker
Yom HaShoah Sermon: Beth El's Holocaust Scroll
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

1 May 2016 – Speaker
Yom HaShoah Presentation
Ahavath Achim (Conservative Synagogue), Tyler

10 April 2016 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Biblical Marriage
UU Church of Longview

30 March 2016 – Speaker
Islam with Anwar Khalifa
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches

18 March 2016 – Speaker
Honors Coffee Hour: ISIS & the Middle East
Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center

17 March 2016 – Speaker
African Americans & Jewish Americans: A Shared History
Address to the Black Student Association
Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center

26 February 2016 – Speaker
Shabbat Sermon: Parashat Ki Tisa
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

18 February 2016 – Speaker
Public Panel Discussion: The Syrian Refugee Crisis
University of Texas at Tyler

30 January 2016 – Speaker
Ubuntu, Levinas, and Ethics in Africa
Stephen F. Austin State University

15 December 2015 – Speaker
Multicultural Series: Islam with Anwar Khalifa
Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches

18 October 2015 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Islam & the Jewish People
Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin

16 October 2015 – Speaker
Shabbat Sermon: Parashat Noah
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

11 October 2015 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Biblical Marriage
UU Church of Tyler

23 September 2015 – Speaker
Yom Kippur Afternoon Sermon: Totality & Infinity
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

21 September 2015
Art of Peace Festival: Peace Meal
Marvin United Methodist Church

20 September 2015 – Speaker
Film Discussion: One Peace at a Time
Taylor Auditorium, Tyler Public Library

26 July 2015 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Homosexuality & the Bible
UU Church of Tyler

12 July 2015 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Islam & the Jewish People
UU Church of Longview

2 July 2015
Islamic Community Open House
East Texas Islamic Society

31 May 2015 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: 
Islam & the Jewish People
UU Church of Tyler

10 May 2015 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: The Way of the Dao
UU Church of Longview

22 April 2015 – Speaker
Film Discussion: The Last Temptation of Christ

Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center

10-11 April 2015 
Great Plains Honors Conference

South Padre Island, Texas

22 February 2015 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: 
The Christian Faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
UU Church of Tyler

20 February 2015 – Speaker
Shabbat Sermon: Islam & the Jewish People
Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler

9 December 2014 – Speaker
The Philosophy of Bioethics
Biomedical Research Center, University of Texas at Tyler

28 November 2014 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: The Way of the Dao
UU Church of Tyler

24 November 2014
Holocaust Speaker: Inge Aurbacher
Tyler Junior College, Apache Room

25 October 2014
Islamic Community Open House
East Texas Islamic Society

21 September 2014 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: The Way of the Buddha
UU Church of Longview

19 September 2014
Honors Coffee Hour: Hegel & the Sublime
Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center

17 September 2014 – Panelist
Honors Colloquium: Artists, Philosophers, and Scientists
Tyler Junior College, Wise Auditorium

15 September 2014
Art of Peace Festival: Peace Meal
East Texas Food Bank

5 September 2014
Honors Coffee Hour: The Islamic State
Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center

24 August 2014 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Aristotle & the Happy Life
UU Church of Tyler

26 July 2014
Breaking of the Ramadan Fast
East Texas Islamic Society

29 June 2014 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Confucius and Chinese Philosophy
UU Church of Tyler

6 April 2014 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: Hinduism and the Four Aims of Life
UU Church of Tyler

2 March 2014 – Speaker
Guest Sermon: The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism
UU Church of Tyler