Drs. Mike O'Neal, Harold Shank, Bill Luttrell, Allison Garrett, Chris Altrock, Scott LaMascus, Bailey McBride, Robert Mitchell and Tim VanWagoner are presenting and/or serving on panel discussions in the 29th annual Christian Scholars' Conference at Lipscomb University this week.
According to Lipscomb the Christian Scholars' Conference is the largest of its kind and is an interdisciplinary gathering to explore the intersections between Christianity and the arts and sciences. The 2009 attendance has grown by 40 percent since last year, including 243 presenters from 72 universities and 35 other institutions.
This year's conference focuses on The Power of Narrative, exploring the power of story-telling to shape the very meaning of our lives as we relate to each other and live out our faith. Each of the conference's keynote speakers has captured the power of narrative to create innovative literature in their own discipline: fiction, poetry, scholarship and biography.
Plenary speakers Billy Collins (US Poet Laureate, 2001-2003), Marilynne Robinson (Pulitzer Prize Winner, 2005), Hubert G. Locke, and Barbara Brown Taylor will stimulate dialogue on the intersection of faith, academics, and narrative's captivating quality. Paper and Panel sessions highlight the conference, bringing together fellow academics for collaboration and dialogue.