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At this year's conference we will engage the complexities of the world under the theme, "Recovery of Hope" expecting more than 500 attendees from 100 different colleges, universities, and other institutions. Eighty-five sessions, set in six different time slots, will be framed by five plenary sessions. Every academic discipline will be answering the call to explore ways to recover hope. The conference welcomes you to present, respond, or engage with scholars; to highlight the conference with your stimulating research, keen insights and professional and collegial collaboration.

We are planning to gather on June 9–11 on the beautiful campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Our planning is being thoughtfully nuanced as we monitor vaccine distributions and the imposing limits of COVID. Since a physical presence in Nashville will not be a likely scenario for some, we are planning a hybrid conference with zoom and other options. A physical presence ~ safely distanced ~ will allow us to create the community we desire, the “family of scholars” in an ambience to accomplish our mission: to create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of scholarly dialogue and collaboration.



CSC 2021


Lipscomb University



Tuesday, June 8


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Virtual Christian Academic Leaders Conference (CALC)

CALC Dinner (venue tba: on campus or restaurant)

Wednesday, June 9


8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

8:00 - 9:45 a.m.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.


4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.



CALC Working Breakfast

Plenary Session 1: Frank and Della Pack Opening Plenary Lecture

Lunch: for all attendees

Lunch with PhD Students (hosted by Rhonda Lowry & David Fleer) tentative

Heritage Christian College Reception

Panel Session 1, featuring Steven McKenzie, J.J.M. Roberts' Lecturer

Panel Session 2, featuring Miroslav Volf, Fifth Annual Landon Saunders' Lecture: “The Human Being: The Nexus of the World and Faith”

Plenary Session 2: The Debate, Malherbe Plenary Lecture

Dinner of Gratitude for all attendees

Thursday, June 10


7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

7:00 - 8:45 a.m.


8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

10:45 - 12:00 p.m.

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.



1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

5:15 - 6:45 p.m.


7:00 - 9:15 p.m.



CSC Board Meeting @ Lowrys



Panel Session 3

Plenary Session 3: Balmer/Fea/Worthen,Willis Plenary

Lunch: for all attendees

Lunch, ticketed: A Tribute to Gailyn Vaan Rheenen

Lunch, ticketed: Business & Economics Participants with Heather Stolze

Panel Session 4 featuring Fr. Columba Stewart, “Early Christian Studies Lecture”

Panel Session 5

Dinner (Olbricht Tribute)

“Great Songs Centennial Singalong”

Plenary session 4: Tokens Show, Robert E. & Bonnie Cone Hooper Plenary

Friday, June 11


7:00 - 8:15 a.m.


8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

10:45 - 12:15 p.m.



Section Leaders Meet with Committees (looking to '22)


Panel Session 6

Plenary Session 5: Ibram X. Kendi, Fred D. Gray Plenary Lecture


Rev. 4/12/2021

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James Cone with conferee at the CSC in 2017

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Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson delivering the CSC plenary address

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Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), delivering the CSC plenary address.

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US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivering the CSC plenary address

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David Brooks engaging conferees during breakfast at the CSC

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