“Soul Birds, Man Mules, and Dead Dogs: Animal Religion, Beastly Hybridity, and the Boundaries of the Human in Nizami Ganjavi’s Makhzan al-Asrar.” Panel: TBD, Animals & Religion Group. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2014.
“His Minty Breath Was Antidote to Scorpio’s Sting: Bodily Aspects of Muhammad’s Ascension in Nizami’s Makhzan al-Asrar. Panel: “Putting the Prophet to Work: Social, Political, and Religious Dimensions of Literary Depictions of Muhammad,” Study of Islam Section. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, November 2013.
“Mi’raj as Sufi Initiation: Bestowal of Garments in the Ascension Narratives of Nizami Ganjavi’s Makhzan al-Asrar, Jami’s Tohfat al-Asrar, and Amir Khosrow’s Matla al-Anwar” Panel: “Characters and Characterization in Middle Eastern Literature,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 2013.
“The Transparent Author: Intertextuality in Debates Over Asceticism in Sufi Hagiography.” Panel Title: “Discourses of Legitimization and Transformation in Arabic Literature,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., December 2011.
“Polishing the Mirror: Poetry as Process in the Works of Jalal al-Din Rumi” Panel: “Comparative Grammars of Ineffability,” Comparative Studies in Religion Section. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2011.
“Islamic Teacher or Ecstatic Poet: Negotiating the Exclusive Identities of Rumi in America.” 3rd Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Student Conference on Islamic Studies, April 2006.
“Journalmancy: Divining Editorial (Un)Reasoning.” Colgate Writers’ Conference, June 2012.
“‘I Too Desired a Child’: Celibacy, Bodily Discipline, and the Development of Early Sufism – The Case of Ibn Khafif.” Islam in a Global Context Speaker Series, UNC-Chapel Hill, February 17, 2011.
“Islam & Love,” in RELI 145H, “Mysticism,” UNC-Chapel Hill, March 2014
“Alternative Visions of Heaven and Hell: al-Ghazali, al-Suyuti, and the Qur’an,” in RELI 125, “Heaven and Hell,” UNC-Chapel Hill, November 2013.
“Strategies of Translation: A Poetry Workshop,” in RELI 171, “Rumi, Islamic Mysticism & Popular Culture,” Guilford College, October 2013.
“Translating Rumi,” in RELI 171, “Rumi, Islamic Mysticism & Popular Culture,” Guilford College, September 2013.
“Persian Humanism in Sa?di’s Gulistan,” in RELI 583, “History & Culture of Iran,” UNC-Chapel Hill, September 2013.
“Jalal al-Din Rumi: Poetry, Performance, and Ecstatic Utterances,” in RELI 581, “Sufism,” UNC-Chapel Hill, October 2012.
“‘The Qur’an Cannot Speak’: An Introduction to Islam Through Debates Over Interpretive Authority,” in Rel 110, “Religion in a Global Context,” Elon University, April 2011.
“Cumulative Traditions, Calligraphy and Cartoons: Representations of the Prophet Muhammad in Islam and the West,” in MAX 132 “Global Community,” Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, April 2007.
“An Introduction to Islam: ‘The Beautiful’ in the Cumulative Islamic Tradition,” in MAX 132 “Global Community,” Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, November 2006.