- We hope you are planning to attend the 2011 Lilly Fellows National Conference!
With classes starting back on our campuses, everyone is excited and motivated to begin the fall semester. And, we hope that your fall semester plans include the 2011 National Conference, Oct. 21-23, at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
Building on the conference theme -- Reconciliation in History, Literature, and Music – we have developed a program that we believe will inspire, inform and engage you.
Last year’s conference at Valparaiso University highlighted how particular places and times shape the educational experience. As ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham seemed an ideal location from which to explore how race and religion come together in the process of reconciliation, an idea that lies at the heart of the Christian mission. Beyond the immediate racial context, however, conference attendees also will be led to consider reconciliation in their own social and geographical settings.
The three keynote speakers will work within the disciplines of history, literature, and music. Historian Charles Marsh, professor of religious studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, is the author of the award-winning God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights, as well as many other books on the Civil Rights Movement and race in the South. Marsh is currently at work on a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Trudier Harris, J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a scholar of Southern literature and the author of many books, the most recent of which is The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African American Writers and the South. Singer and composer Rosephanye Dunn Powell, professor of voice and director of voice studies at Auburn University, is a noted interpreter and performer of the African-American spiritual. Powell will present a lecture-recital in the historic setting of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
Registration closed on September 20th.
We hope to see you in Birmingham in October!
J. Bradley Creed
Provost and Executive Vice President
Associate Professor of Religion
Co-Chair, Lilly Fellows National Conference Planning Committee