Conference Speakers/Sessions of Note

 Keynote:  Dr. Robert N. Minor; Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies, The University of Kansas

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Minor received his Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Iowa in 1975 and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago in 1969.

Dr. Minor is the author of eight books and dozens of articles and chapters in edited volumes. His first five books were on his first specialty, religious thought and practice in South Asia and their relationships to culture.  His current research is also in gender studies and the relationships of religion, gender, and sexuality.

Dr. Minor's interests have led to research in Europe, South and East Asia, and the Near East.


Invited Speaker:  Don Carrel; K-State Alumni and Author

Don Carrel grew up in Shawnee, Kansas and graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School.  Don attended and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's degree in business management. He had several successful businesses in the Manhattan, KS area in insurance, investment, and gourmet kitchen gifts and a cafe. 

Living with AIDS since 1995, Don has been a tireless volunteer in efforts of HIV education and funraising.  The author of My Dream to Trample AIDS, Don has become a major advocate and voice for those living with HIV/AIDS in the Midwest and Kansas. 

Don currently resides in Mission, KS with his partner Chris and their dogs and continues to speak whenever he is asked to share his message of HIV prevention and his dream to trample AIDS.