Dr. Jeff Robbins and Dr. Noëlle Vahanian, professors in Lebanon Valley College’s Religion and Philosophy Department—and husband and wife—co-wrote An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics.
The faculty of the Department of Religion and Philosophy are accomplished scholars and teachers who are committed to the integration of research into undergraduate education. They have published numerous books and scholarly articles in leading academic journals, and have studied and lectured around the world. We believe this expertise enhances the college classroom experience. It also creates numerous opportunities for our students to attend and participate in the broader academic discussion.
In recent years, our students attended several major international conferences with their faculty. These include the annual meetings of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy and the American Academy of Religion in Montreal, Canada. The department also hosted the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy at LVC recently. However, our students’ participation goes well beyond mere attendance:
- Our students have won awards for the most outstanding undergraduate paper at undergraduate/graduate conferences in philosophy.
- The faculty has planned upper level philosophy of religion seminar classes in preparation for the two most recent biannual “Postmodernism, Religion, and Culture” conferences.
- Every graduating student in religion or philosophy completes a yearlong undergraduate research symposium that integrates the expertise of a distinguished external scholar and leads to an annual publication—the Brainstorms volume of collected essays.
- A recent graduate was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Our Fulbright Scholar spent a year studying in the international utopic community of Auroville in southern India.
- Our top performing students will be inducted into the newly established local chapter of the national honor societies Theta Alpha Kappa and Phi Sigma Tau.
Mike Ardoline (Physics and Philosophy '10)
Mike was awarded best paper honors at the Raritan Valley Community College Philosophy Conference, in Fall 2009 for his paper "Multiple World's Theodicy," which was developed from a paper he wrote while enrolled in Encountering World Religions.
Carissa Devine (Religion and Philosophy '09)
Carissa was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for the 2010-1011 academic year. The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a division of the United States State Department. Carissa worked with scholars at Pondicherry University in Tamil Nadu, India in her study of the utopian commune established on the ideals of the early 20th century Indian reformer Sri Aurobindo.