Christian Scholars’ Conference kicks off with Oscar-winning film

Lipscomb University will be hosting the Christian Scholars’ Conference June 6-8 where Christian Scholars will gather for lectures and discussions on Christianity.

The conference will begin on Wednesday, June 4 and will continue through Friday, June 7. The first session will begin at 7 p.m. with a showing of 12 Years a Slave, the 2014 Academy Award winner of Best Picture.

On Wednesday, there will be a Dean’s Conference from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. At 4 p.m. registration will begin in Ezell Lobby followed by the showing of 12 Years a Slave in Ward Hall at 7 p.m. Each day after will begin with breakfast and worship followed by several different sessions led by some of the top Christian and Theological scholars.

On Thursday, after registration, breakfast and worship, the first session will begin which will be 12 paper/panel discussions in various locations. This will be followed by The Inaugural Abraham J. Malherbe Plenary Address by Carl Holladay in Collins Alumni Auditorium. There will be a break for lunch, and then the second session will begin with a continuation of the paper/panel discussions in various locations.

Following the discussions will be the Robert E. and Bonnie Cone Hooper Plenary Address in Collins Alumni Auditorium to be given by Phyllis Tickle. At 5 p.m. hors d’oeuvres will be served in Bison Square as a precursor to dinner at 5:30 to 7 and desert afterwards. The day will end with the world premier of John Updike’s Roger’s Version in Shamblin Theatre.

On Friday after worship, paper/panel sessions three and four will be back to back. The third session features 13 paper/panel discussions, while the fourth has 15 paper/panel discussions. After lunch, The Inaugural Frank and Della Pack Plenary Address will be given by Lamin Sanneh in the Acuff Chapel. The fifth and final set of paper/panel discussions will lead into The Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies with speaker Elizabeth Clark.

The conference will end with dinner, Tokens and a reception in Bison Square on night.

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