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UMobile Forum on Christianity and the Liberal Arts: "Values and Character Formation in the Lib. Arts Classroom" Sep. 24-25, 2010
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University of Mobile
Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University.
We offer an interdisciplinary forum in which members of the academic community can explore the relationships between Christian theology, ethics, and practice, and the tradition of scholarship and teaching of the liberal arts within the university. We especially welcome presentations that are exploratory in nature, and that raise broad questions about central areas of concern to the liberal arts classroom.
Conference Theme: To what extent ought teachers in the liberal arts classroom seek to influence or alter their students’ character and values? The perennial question has been raised most recently by Stanley Fish, who promotes a values-neutral classroom, whereas others, from Martha Nussbaum to Judith Butler, have promoted clear ethical and even political agendas in the classroom. The University of Mobile Forum on Christianity and the Liberal Arts wants to discuss the ways in which professors at Christian colleges and universities, as well as Christian faculty at secular institutions, are addressing this question.
The Forum seeks proposals for presentations on questions such as the following:
Proposals for panels are most welcome. We are especially seeking presentations that are relevant to faculty across the disciplines, and that are accessible to an audience of both specialists and non-specialists. Presentations should be 15-20 minutes long. Please send a 500-word abstract to either conference co-chair by 14 May 2010.
Registration Fee in Advance: $40 for professionals, $30 for graduate students and clergy.