Published on March 17, 2014  

Samford University will host its inaugural biennial conference on "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition” Oct. 2-4, 2014. The conference, supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, will focus on Augustine and feature plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond) and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary). Samford’s Core Texts and University Fellows honors programs will sponsor the conference.

Samford religion professor and conference co-chair Scott McGinnis said the series is designed to provide an opportunity for scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about teaching Christianity’s rich intellectual heritage to today’s undergraduates.

Conference organizers have issued a call for paper proposals designed with the non-specialist in mind, and which address incorporating Augustine in the classroom across academic disciplines. Possible proposal topics include, but are not limited to:

• teaching Augustine in the freshman core
• the interdisciplinary seminar
• literature and autobiography
• antiquity, the Middle Ages, modernity and post-modernity
• free will and determinism
• intellectual history

Proposals are due no later than May 16.