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Ostwalt to Chair Appalachian’s Department of Philosophy and Religion

BOONE–Conrad E. “Ozzie” Ostwalt Jr. has been named chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University.

Ostwalt has been a member of the philosophy and religion faculty since 1988. He has coordinated Appalachian’s University Honors Program since 1999.

Ostwalt has a Ph.D. in religion and culture from Duke University, and master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

His published works include “Secular Steeples: Popular Culture and the Religious Imagination,” “Love Valley: An American Utopia,” “Screening the Sacred: Religion, Myth and Ideology in Popular American Film” and “After Eden: The Secularization of American Space in the Fiction of Willa Cather and Theodore Dreiser.”

His articles have been published by “Currents in Research: Biblical Studies,” “Encyclopedia of Appalachia,” “The Journal of Religion and Film” and “The Southern Literary Journal.”