Western Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6:00 pm - Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 pm
Point Loma Nazarene University


Western Regional Conference on
Christianity & Literature

 Crossing Borders/Exploring Boundaries

Committed to educating students for employment and service in the United States and abroad, Point Loma Nazarene University is also committed to forming Christian disciples. Teaching in the humanities in this context presents both great challenges and amazing opportunities. Literature is sometimes seen as an unneeded luxury for students preparing for employment and a challenge (or even a detriment) to Christian formation.  At the same time, literature allows students and faculty to cross boundaries and borders, offering them the opportunity to read the stories of those whom they are called to love whose life experiences may be very different them their own.

In the spirit of Christian communion and intellectual dialogue, we invite papers, panels, creative presentations, and roundtable discussions that explore this broad theme: the crossing of boundaries and borders. We welcome proposals from a variety of perspectives including, but not limited to literature, creative writing, faith communities, film, visual arts, philosophy, popular culture, and pedagogy and practice.


Keynote Speakers:

Catherine Kapikian is the founder and director emerita of The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. The author of Art in the Service of the Sacred, Professor Kapikian will address the interrelationship between theology and the arts. A skilled visual artist, Kapikian will also explore the relationship between literature and the visual arts. More information about her work can be found at www.catherinekapikian.com.

Diane Glancy is a noted playwright, poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Of Cherokee, German, and English descent, Glancy is noted for her work exploring the boundaries between racial and ethnic identities as well as the boundaries between Christian faith and Native American beliefs. A long-time faculty member at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Glancy has also been a visiting professor at Kenyon College and Azusa Pacific University. She has been invited to both give a public reading and offer theological reflections on her work.



Group rates are available at Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside. Call (619) 224-3621 and specify the Point Loma block of suites. The Holiday Inn also offers a shuttle service to and from the San Diego airport - you can ask for details when you book your room. ** Rooms must be booked by April 11th to receive the discounted rate.**


Early registration (postmarked/submitted by April 1, 2016):

Professionals: $100

Graduate Students: $40

Undergraduates: $20

Regular registration (postmarked/submitted April 2, 2016 or after):

Professionals: $110

Graduate Students: $50

Undergraduates: $25

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