CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR PAPERS DELIVERED
The World of William Thomas, Glamorgan History Society, Cardiff, Wales, May 1980
The Long Resistance: The Enemies of Positivism 1890-1950, Delivered (on my behalf) to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Louisville, KY, March 1982
Traven and the Wobblies, Conference on B. Traven, University Park, PA, October 1982
Miami and Liverpool Compared: The New Pattern of Urban Riot (with Fred Hutchings). American Society of Criminology, Toronto, November 1982
History and Myth in Organized Crime (with Gary W. Potter). Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Chicago, IL, March 1984
Correctional Issues and Politics, Delivered (on my behalf) to the American Correctional Association, San Antonio, TX, August 1984
The Invention of the Mafia (with Gary W. Potter). Social History Colloquium, University Park, PA, October 1984
Organizing Crime in London and Philadelphia (with Gary W. Potter). American Society of Criminology, Cincinnati, OH, November 1984 (Also chaired panel)
Criminality and Genetics, Behavior Genetics Association, University Park, PA, June 1985
I was an invited participant in the conference on The Social World of Britain and America 1600-1800, Institute for Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, VA, September 1985
Capital Punishment in Early Modern England, Delivered (on my behalf) to the American Society of Criminology, San Diego, CA, November 1985
Beccaria's Influence in England 1764-1830, American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA, March 1986
G. K. Chesterton as Criminologist, Chesterton Society, Toronto, Canada, September 1986
Benefit of Law: The Defense of Legal Values During a Moral Panic (with Daniel Katkin). American Society of Criminology, Montreal, November 1987
An American Epidemic? Myths and Realities of Serial Murder, Geography Department Coffee Hour, Pennsylvania State University, October 1988
The Assassination of Olof Palme, American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL, November 1988
Serial Murder in Progressive Era America, American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL, November 1988
The Politics of Organized Crime in Australia, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Washington, DC, March 1989
Issues in Serial Murder Research, Participant in round table at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Washington, DC, March 1989
Group Serial Murder, Delivered (on my behalf) to the American Society of Criminology, Reno, NV, November 1989
`Occult Criminality': Myth and Reality in a Contemporary Moral Panic (with Daniel Maier-Katkin). American Society of Criminology, Baltimore, MD, November 1990. Also chaired a panel at this meeting on Historical Perspectives on Crime and the Media
Narcotics Trafficking and the American Mafia: The Myth of Abstention, Conference on The Drug War. University Park, PA, May 1991
From Eye Witness to Private Eye: The Tradition of Exposé Journalism, Chesterton Society Conference on G.K. Chesterton and Journalism, Toronto, Canada, September 1991
Bricks in the Wall, International conference on The Wall: Reality and Symbol. University Park, PA, October 1991
The Myth of Satanism: Legend as Literary Artefact, Comparative Literature lunch seminar, Penn State University, February 1992
Iraq and State Terrorism, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1992
The Social Construction of a Multiple Homicide Problem: The Case of Contemporary Britain, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1992
A Historical Perspective on Serial Murder: England, Germany and the USA, 1900-1940, International Conference on Mass and Serial Murder: Theory, Research, Policy, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, April 1992
African-Americans and Serial Homicide, North-Eastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Newport, RI, June 1992
Using Murder: The Politics and Rhetoric of Serial Murder, Eastern Communications Association, Rhetoric and Public Interest Group, Fall Conference. Penn State Campus, Hazleton, PA, October 1992
Anti-Semitic Stereotypes in the Victorian Novel, Inaugural Conference of the Center for Research on Antisemitism, University Park, PA, March 1993
The CTA Case: A Case-Study in Political Corruption, Pennsylvania Political Science Association, University Park, PA, April 1993
Racial Bias in the Construction of Drug Panics, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators, Harrisburg, PA, April 1993
Peace with Justice? Peacemaking and Reconciliation in Terrorist Crises, North-Eastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Newport, RI, June 1993
Definition and Identity: Political Culture in Seventeenth Century Wales, Trevelyan Fund Colloquium, Cambridge, England, July 1993
The Anglican Church and the Unity of Britain, Delivered (on my behalf) to the conference on Conquest and Union: Forging a Multi-National British State 1485-1707, University College, Galway, Ireland, September 1993
Public Disorder and Political Stability in Europe 1968-1993, Conference on No Justice, No Peace? Crime, Culture and Ethnic Conflict in Germany and the United States, (Max Kade Foundation for Research in German-American Studies), University Park, PA, September 1993
The Devil Rides In: Charismatic Christians and the Depiction of a Satanic Menace in Contemporary Great Britain Delivered (on my behalf) to the Eastern Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Montreal, Canada, April 1994.
Designer Drugs: Sitting Out the War on Drugs? Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators, Harrisburg, PA, April 1994
The Next Panic? Predicting the Social Fears of the New Century, North-Eastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Newport, RI, June 1994
Feminism, or Chesterton’s Mistake About Women, Chesterton Society, Toronto, Canada, September 1994
Fascist and Ultra-Right Movements in Pennsylvania 1934-1942, Pennsylvania Historical Association, Lebanon, PA, October 1994
The Legal Dimension in Constructing Social Problems, Pennsylvania Sociological Society, State College, PA, October 1994
The Anglican Church and the Making of Welsh Identity 1630-1720, Midwestern Conference on British Studies, Toronto, Canada, October 1994
Trends and Directions in European Terrorism, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Boston, MA., March 1995
Border Crossers: Material and Symbolic Boundaries in the Cultural Construction of Serial Murder, Popular Culture Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 1995
Pennsylvania’s Terrorist Crisis 1938-1942, Penn State Harrisburg, May 1995
Riot at the YMCA: or, Things We Can’t Say About Pennsylvania History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg PA, June 1995.
Designer Drugs, North-Eastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Roger Williams Law School, Bristol, RI, June 1995
Constructing Aggression: The Demonization of the Serbs in the Balkan Conflict, Symposium on the Balkan War: Yugoslavia - Past and Present. Sponsored by the International Strategic Studies Association: Chicago, IL, August 1995
Interfaith Cooperation in Modern Urban America: A Philadelphia Story, Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, March 1996
I moderated a panel at a conference on Violence in the Workplace held at University Park, PA, March 1996
New Directions in Counter-Terrorism, North-Eastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Roger Williams Law School, Bristol, RI, June 1996
Armies of God: John Brown and the American Terrorist Tradition, Symposium on John Brown, at the Mont Alto campus of the Pennsylvania State University, July 1996. I also chaired a panel at this meeting on John Brown: Politics and Law
The Social Construction of Gay Teen Suicide, Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York City, August 15, 1996
Libertines and Homophobes: The Paradox of Anticlerical Pornography, Conference on Early Modern Culture, organized by the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Pittsburgh PA, September 27, 1996
Silver Shirts Among the Brown: The Silver Legion in Pennsylvania 1934-1942 Pennsylvania Historical Association, State College, PA, October 1996
Spousal Abuse Laws, World Congress of Families, Prague, Czech Republic, March 1997
Confronting Hate: Urban Churches and the Christian Front, Conference on The Church and the City, Cleveland, OH, April 1997
Teaching the History of Criminal Justice, North-Eastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Roger Williams Law School, Bristol, RI, June 1997
Serial Murder Fiction, second Landscapes of Mystery Conference, held at Penn State University, June 1997
Patriots, Militias and the Common Law Courts, American Association of Law Librarians, Baltimore, MD., July 1997
A Self-Limiting Cycle? The Historical Construction of Sex Crime Problems, American Sociological Association, Toronto, August 1997
Constructing the Beast: Catholic Anti-Communism in Pennsylvania 1945-1960, Pennsylvania Historical Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 1997
The Geography of Urban Fascism, Geography Department Coffee Hour, Pennsylvania State University, December 12, 1997
Intended Consequences? Covert Moral Agendas and Crime Control Rhetoric, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Albuquerque, NM, March 1998
The Struggle for Pennsylvania’s Ethnic Organizations, 1940-1954, Faculty Seminar, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia, PA, March 1998.
I chaired a panel on Liberty, Identity and the State: Comparing American Extremists, at the meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Indianapolis, IN, April 1998
Where Mystery Ends and Horror Begins, Third Landscapes of Mystery Conference, Penn State University, June 19-21, 1998
Keystone Defenders: The Politics of Civil Defense in Pennsylvania 1940-1960. Second International Conference on the Cold War, Los Alamos, NM, August 1998
The Mullen Case and the Limits of McCarthyism. Pennsylvania Labor History Society, Pittsburgh, PA, September 1998
Teaching Americanism: Anti-Communist Purges in the Pennsylvania Schools 1950-54, Pennsylvania Historical Association, Allentown, PA, October 1998
The Media and Satanic Ritual Abuse: Credulity and Criticism, and The CAT Epidemic: A 1990s Drug Panic, both presented to the American Society of Criminology, Washington DC, November 1998
Popular Apocalyptic: Anti-Communism in Catholic Popular Culture 1940-1960, Popular Culture Association, San Diego, CA, April 1999
Terror on the Web, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators, Altoona, PA, April 1999
I served as discussant on a panel on Making Warriors: Indoctrinating American Soldiers in WWII and the Cold War, Society of Military History, State College, PA, April 1999
The Great Anti-Cult Scare 1925-1945, CESNUR Conference on New Religions, Bryn Athyn, PA, June 1999
Amphetamine Drugs on the Pacific Rim, Conference on Crime and Public Policy on the Pacific Rim, San Francisco, August 1999
The First New Age, Conference on The Inner Light, organized by St. Thomas University, Houston, TX, October 1999
The Old New Panic: The Amphetamine Drugs, American Society of Criminology, Toronto, November 1999
To What Green Altar? The Myth of American Paganism 1920-1945, South-West/Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 2000
The Wildest Frontier: The Electronic Market in Child Pornography, University of California, Davis, lecture in series on Disordering Globalization, February, 2000
The First American Satanism Scare 1920-1940, Mid-Atlantic regional meetings of the American Academy of Religion, Glen Mills PA, March 2000
The Outer Edges: Horror and the Media in the Late 1940s Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2000
The New Age in Black and White, Western Social Sciences Association, San Diego, CA., April 2000
Terrorism and Tourism: Packaging the Molly Maguires, Conference on Packaging Places, American History Center, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, September 2000
Philip Dru - Administrator: Progressive Utopias and Collectivist Nightmares, Utopian Studies Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 2000
Disease and Racial Frontiers in Charles Brockden Brown’s Philadelphia, Charles Brockden Brown Society, Las Vegas, NV, October 2000
Patterns of Violence in Twentieth Century Pennsylvania, Conference on Violence in America, Millersville University, PA, November 2000
The Hidden Gospels in Popular Culture, Far Western Popular Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, February 2001
Anti-Catholicism in Nineties Cinema: Real and Imagined, Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, March 2001
California Cults and Crackpots: Explaining a Subculture of Extreme Religious Dissidence, Western Social Sciences Association, Reno NV, April 2001
Mis-Remembering America's Industrial Heritage: The Molly Maguires, American Historical Association: The Pacific Coast Branch, Vancouver, Canada, August 2001
Panelist for symposium on issues relating to Internet crime, Lycoming College. Williamsport, PA, October 2001
Pennsylvania - The Awful Warning, Keynote Address, Pennsylvania Historical Association, Johnstown, PA, October 2001
Go and Sin No More: Therapy and Exorcism in the Rhetoric of Deviance, American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, November, 2001
I was the subject of an Author meets Critics session on Philip Jenkins as Social Constructionist, at the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, November, 2001
New Images of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture, Far Western Popular Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, February 2002.
The Rhetoric of Generational Threat, Conference on the Reagan Presidency, University of California at Santa Barbara, March 2002
Participant in Jihad For Knowledge, panel on interfaith relations, sponsored by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky, April 2002
Participant in panel on The Three Kingdoms and the New British History, Keough Institute for Irish Studies, Notre Dame University, May 2002
After Father Geoghan: The Lessons of the Clergy Abuse Cases, Invited lecture to Conference on Victimization of Children and Youth, University of New Hampshire, Portsmouth, NH, August 2002
Writing the New Global Christianity: Beyond The Missionary Myth, Comparative Literature Lunch, Penn State University, September 2002
The Missionary Myth in Popular Culture, Far Western Popular Culture Association, Las Vegas, NV, February 2003
Frank Waters and the Reinvention of Native American Spirituality, Comparative Literature Lunch, Penn State University, October 2003
Dream Catchers, Religious Studies Departmental Lecture Series, Penn State, November 2004
Consenting Adults: Morality Campaigns as Generational Warfare, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Philadelphia, August 2005
Panelist, author meets critic session, discussing Paul Freston's book Protestant Political Parties, Association for the Sociology of Religion, Philadelphia, August 2005
Respondent to Bas Van Os, on Mathematical Models of Early Christianity, Society of Biblical Literature, Washington DC, November 2006
Women Reading the Bible in the Global South, Comparative Literature Lunch, Penn State University, December 2006
The Religious Agendas of the Da Vinci Code, Medieval Conference on The Grail, the Quest, and the World of King Arthur, University Park, PA, March 2007
Discussant for panel on “War on the Home Front”, Society for Military History, Frederick MD, April 2007
Failure To Launch: Why Some Social Issues Fail To Generate Moral Panics. American Sociological Association, New York City, August, 2007
‘Black Gangs’: The Perils of Counter-Subversion, Colloque on Mimicry in Civil Wars: The Strategic Use of Identity Signals, College de France, Paris: December 2007
Islam and the Future of Europe (with George Weigel), Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC, February 2008
Islamic Europe or Euro-Islam? Workshop on Institutionalization and Representation of Religion, Berlin, Germany, June 2008
The Transformation of Gender and Family in Emerging Asian Christianity, Summit on Chinese Spirituality and Society, Beijing, China, October 2008
Religious America and Secular Holland: Future Trends, Conference on Four Centuries of Dutch-American Relations, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 2009.
The Futures of Christianity, Svenska Kyrkans Forskardagar, Teologiska Högskolan Stockholm, Sweden, December 2009.
Discussant, Conference on New Religious Histories: Rethinking Religion and Secularization in 20th Century Ukraine and Russia, Penn State University March 2010.
Have the Culture Wars Gone Global? The Faith Angle: Conference on Religion, Politics and Public Life, South Beach, FL, March 2010, at
Religious Authority and the Challenges of Modernity, The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Building Bridges Seminar, Georgetown University, May 2010.
The Bible in a Changing Christian World, keynote lecture at United Bible Societies World Assembly, Seoul, Republic of Korea, September 2010.
The Globalization of Christianity, Keynote lecture at conference on Our Common Future, Essen, Germany, November 2010.
The Other Camp of the Saints: Comparing Christian and Muslim Narratives of Global Expansion in the Modern Era, American Society of Church History, Boston, MA, January 2011
Chair and Discussant, Panel on Class Culture and Gender, Conference on Bringing Stratification Process Back In To The Scientific Study Of Religion, Penn State University, May 2011
Tübingen, Germany, August 2011
Eight Lessons from the History of Terrorism, Conference on The Future of Terrorism II, University Park, PA October 2011
I participated in a panel on Confronting Islamophobia at the annual conference of the American Academy of Religion, held in San Francisco, November 2011. I also chaired a panel at this conference on Global Charismatic and Pentecostal Healing.
Evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Charismatics, International Conference on New Religious Movements as a Challenge for the Catholic Church, organized by the German Bishops' Conference, Rome, Italy, April 2013.
Christianity and World History, Wilberforce Weekend (Colson Center), Arlington VA, April 2013.
Out of the Past: Child Abuse in Religious Settings, STAND conference for North American Mission Leaders, Dallas TX, September 2013.
From Wittenberg to Lagos: The Sixteenth Century Reformation and Modern-Day Global Christianity, at Protestantism? Reflections in Advance of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, 1517-2017, Gordon College, Mass., November 2013.
Faiths at War, Custodire l’umanità: verso le periferie esistenziali, Assisi, Italy, November 2013
Culture and Faith, Napa Institute, Napa CA, July 2014
The Middle East: Violence and Religion, St. Vincent's College, Latrobe PA, February 2015.
The Great and Holy War, Berry College, Rome GA, February 2015.
Houston’s Nigerian Churches, (Read on my behalf), Texas State Historical Association, Corpus Christi, TX, March 2015
The Image of God in Global Faith, Wheaton Theology Conference, Wheaton IL, April 2015. This was also Wheaton College’s McManis Lecture.
Demographics and Global Faith, Christian Scholars Conference, Abilene TX, June 2015. My work was also the subject of two panels at this event.
Religion, Violence and Scripture, Chautauqua, NY, July 2015.
The Demographic Dimension of Global Christianity, Commemorative Conference on the Basel Mission 1815-2015, Basel, Switzerland, September 2015.
Godless Europe? ISR End of Religion symposium, National Press Club, Washington DC, November 2015.
Christianity, Islam and Holy Wars, at conference on Mere Anglicanism: The Cross and the Crescent, Charleston SC, January 2016
The Last Holy War? Teach-in on the First World War, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK, March 2016
It's Bigger on the Inside: Decline, Growth and Transformation in Contemporary Religion, Society of Christian Philosophers, Pacific Division, San Diego CA, March 2016
Faculty Mentor, Sixth Enoch Graduate Seminar, Austin, TX, May 2016
Conversation on Global Trends: New Demographics and their Implications, Pew Foundation, Washington DC, July 2016.
Childhood’s End, Inklings Society, Oxford England, July 2016.
Fertility and Faith, Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, Waco, TX, October 2016.
The Western Frontier: Euro-Islam and the Remaking of Global Faith, Missiology Lectures, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena CA, November 2016.
Panel on The Anglican Communion and the First World War, Chair and Discussant, North American Conference on British Studies, Washington DC, November 2016.
Secular Europe? Texas Baptists Annual Meeting, Waco TX, November 2016.
Discussant, Panel on New Testament Apocrypha, Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, MA, November 2017
LECTURES DELIVERED AT EVENTS
ORGANIZED AND HELD AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
A Little Leaven: From Mass Church to Creative Minority in Contemporary Europe, Symposium on Secularization and Revival, October 2009.
Reading the Bible in the Global South, Willson-Addis Lecture, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, March 2010
BRICs of Faith, October 2010
I co-organized the conference The King James Bible and the World It Made 1611-2011, which was held at Baylor University in April 2011. I also presented a plenary lecture at this event entitled Regions Luther Never Knew: Ancient Books in a New World
Laying Down the Sword, February 2012
A Critic in the Desert: Robert Browning and the Limits of Plain Historic Fact, Conference on The Cross and the Book, February 2012
Remember Waco! The Disaster in Politics and Popular Culture, Conference on Reflecting on an American Tragedy, April 2013
Angels and Horsemen: The Great War as an Apocalyptic Struggle, Remembering Armageddon: Commemorating the First World War, March 2014
Prophetic Neighbors: Barth, Jung and Steiner in WW1 Switzerland, Modernism Seminar, April 2014
Where Have All The Cultists Gone? Debate with Gordon Melton, CESNUR conference on New Religious Movements, June 2014
I co-organized the Baylor University conference on Faith and Film, held at that university in October 2014, and chaired two sessions at the event
Godless Europe? At End of Religion symposium, May 2015
Looking East, Conference on the Syriac Christian Churches, April 2016
Merchants of Death and Dreams of Peace. Conference on For God and Country: The First World War and the US, April 2017
Preaching and World Christianity, Symposium on God’s Word and Our Words, Truett Seminary, September 2017
Panelist, Seminar on Centennial of Russian Revolution, October 2017
Chair, session at The Bible and the Reformation, October 2017
Katherine Bowen’s Nightmare, lecture delivered at panel on Puritans, Baptists and the Powers of Darkness, April 2018
Climate History and Christian History, presented at IFL conference on Stewardship of Creation, October 2018
Chair, Session at conference on Billy Graham, November 2018
The Armistice: Myth and Memory, presented at the Mayborn Museum, Waco, November 2018
In addition to these lectures and seminars, I have also spoken frequently in different venues in the US and overseas, chiefly on aspects of global Christianity, and the expansion of Christianity in the global South. .