Scholarly Panel Update: Special Guests Confirmed!

We are happy to announce that all four of our special guests are confirmed for the scholarly panel! Here is a little bit of information about them; we will put up individual posts with longer bios, pics, and more details later on.
Corey Olsen is the founder and president of Signum University, the sponsoring institution of the symposium. He is a Medievalist by training and an expert in J.R.R. Tolkien. He’ll be providing the literary perspective on “Stories for the Refreshment of the Spirit.” 
Keith Loftin is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities and Assistant Dean at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary/Scarborough College, the institution that is hosting this symposium. He’ll be providing the theological/philosophical perspective on literature and healing. 
Pat Miersma is a Mental Health Nurse-Ethnic Clinical Specialist and Global Trauma Healing Consultant. She’ll be providing the clinical/psychological/therapeutic perspective about how stories can help (or harm) in clinical, therapeutic situations for the healing of trauma. 
Pete Unseth is an Associate Professor and Department Head of Applied Anthropology at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas. He’ll be providing the linguistic/anthropological perspective on how heart language and performative sign language can contribute to the healing of cultural traumas. 
– The panel will be moderated by Sørina Higgins, Chair of the Language & Literature Department at Signum University and a PhD candidate and Teacher of Record at Baylor. She is studying magic in 20th century British and Irish theatre; her previous work has been on Charles Williams and C. S. Lewis. If you have questions you would like her to ask the panel members, send them to info@texmoot.org

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