Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

Plenary Speakers, Lectures and Special Sessions

2018 Plenary Speakers

Tracy K. Smith

We are pleased to announce that Tracy K. Smith will be a plenary speaker at the 2018 CSC. Smith has just been named 2017-2018 U.S. Poet Laurette, having earned in 2011 a Pulitzer for Life on Mars. She is currently a professor of Humanities and Director of the Creative Writing program at Princeton University. We are honored to have her speak and invite you to explore her work before the conference.

Tobias Wolff

We are pleased to announce Tobias Wolff as one of our plenary speakers for the 2018 CSC. The acclaimed author has received numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Academy Award in Literature. He is Professor of English, Emeritus, at Stanford and in 2015 he received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. 


Dr. Molefi Kete Asante

We are happy to announce Dr. Molefi Kete Asante as the 2018 Fred D. Gray Plenary lecturer in Human and Civil Rights. Dr. Asante is Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University. He has written hundreds of essays and scores of books. Much of Dr. Asante’s work is on African culture and philosophy and African American education. We look forward to engaging with Dr. Asante, who believes it is not enough to know; one must act to humanize the world.

Dr. Cilliers Breytenbach

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Cilliers Breytenbach will deliver the fifth annual Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary Lecture at the 2018 CSC. Breytenbach is professor for the literature, history and religion of Early Christianity at the Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. His most recent publications include Early Christianity in Lycaonia: From Paul to Amphilochius of Iconium (Leiden 2017) and "Narrating the Death of Jesus in Mark: Utterances of the Main Character, Jesus", ZNW 105/2 (2014) 153-168.

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