Christian Scholars' Conference


Christian Scholars' Conference is in the past.

Lipscomb University presents the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference, June 7-9 on Lipscomb University's campus. 

The mission of the Christian Scholars' Conference is to create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of scholarly dialogue and collaboration.

The conference was created in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Pepperdine University, and has since been hosted by several universities associated with Churches of Christ. The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith. 

Schedule of Events: 

Wednesday, June 7

8:00 – 11:30 AM               Deans’ meeting hosted by Craig Bledsoe, Paul Rogers Board Room, Ezell Center

8:00 – 11:30 AM               Memorial Pilgrimage for Victims of Racial Terrorism, ticketed event

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM         Registration in Ezell lobby

10:00 AM – all conference: Malherbe Papers Display in Ezell lobby

11:30 AM – 12:50 PM         Lunch with PhD students in Mezzanine, Bennett Student Center
                                            Doctoral students in all fields are invited to attend a casual networking lunch
                                            with university administrators from universities affiliated with the CSC.

11:30 AM – 12:50 PM        Lunch for Participants in Memorial Pilgrimage for Victims of Racial Terrorism, Ezell Center 363*
                                           ticketed event

1:00 – 2:30  PM                  Paper & Panel Session #1 in various locations

2:45 – 4:15  PM                  Paper & Panel Session #2 in various locations

4:30 – 5:45 PM                   James H. Cone (2nd Annual Fred Gray Plenary) Collins Auditorium

6:00 PM                               Dinner in Bennett Dining Hall

Thursday, June 8

7:00 AM – 9:00 PM           Registration in Ezell lobby

7:00 – 8:00 AM                  Breakfast in Paul Rogers Board Room, Ezell Center

8:15 – 8:45 AM                  Worship in Chapel, Ezell Center

9:00 – 10:30 AM                Paper & Panel Session #3 in various locations

10:45 AM – Noon              Shaun Casey Plenary in Collins Auditorium

12:15 to 1:45                      Lunch for all Conferees in Bennett Dining Hall

 Rick Oster Festschrift Presentation Luncheon – in Paul Rogers Board Room, Ezell Center, ticketed event

                                             Women in STEM working lunch – Bennett Mezzanine 

                                             Business, Computing and Engineering
                                             Hosted by Andy Borchers in Facuty Club 1891, Bennett Student Center                     

2:00 – 3:30 PM                  Paper & Panel Session #4 in various locations

4:00 – 5:15 PM                  Marie Howe Plenary in Stowe Hall, Swang Center

5:30 – 7:00 PM                  Dinner under the tent for all conferees
Journal 50th Anniversary Dinner"
                                           Hosted by Greg McKinzie in Ezell Board Room ticketed event

7:30 PM                              Tokens Shows in Collins Auditorium
                                            Ticketed event with host Lee C. Camp

Friday, June 9

7:00 – 8:00 AM                 Breakfast in Paul Rogers Board Room, Ezell Center

8:15 – 8:45 AM                 Worship in Chapel, Ezell Center

9:00 – 10:30 AM               Paper & Panel Session #5 in various locations

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM       Greg Sterling: Fourth Annual Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary in Collins Auditorium

12:30 PM  "Where Do We Go From Here? Memorial Pilgrimage, Civil Rights, and the National Conversation on Race in Your Community," Hosted by Phyllis Hildreth in Faculty Club 1891, Bennett Student Center, Come and Go Box Lunch

Conference Registration includes: 

Regular Rate - $165 through May 9 ($195 after May 9, 2017)

Graduate Student Rate (MA, PhD) - $125 through May 9 ($155 after May 9, 2017)

Registration fees cover all sessions and regular meals starting with dinner Wednesday night through Friday breakfast. Some events are an additional fee and outlined below.

NOTE: Payments are not refundable after May 9, 2017.

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