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Charis Bio - Joel A. Carpenter


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Joel A. Carpenter is the director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1996 to 2006 he was provost of Calvin College. Prior to that he was director of the Religion Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, a position he took in 1989 after 12 years of college teaching at Calvin, Trinity International University, and Wheaton College. While at Wheaton he was the director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. A graduate of Calvin College, Carpenter received his Ph.D. in history from The Johns Hopkins University. His special expertise is in American religious history and he has published many articles and chapters in that field. He is the author of the award-winning study, Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism (Oxford, 1997). His latest work, which he co-edited with Lamin Sanneh, is The Changing Face of Christianity: Africa, the West, and the World (Oxford, 2005).  


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Exhibition Schedule
CHARIS at the International Forum for Christian Higher Education on Critical Breakthrough
in Atlanta, Georgia
February 24-26, 2010
This conference of 1200 leaders in Christian Higher Education includes a session with CHARIS artists, a media presentation of the exhibit and onsite presentation of a portion of the artwork followed by a lunch reception at Columbia Theological Seminary in nearby Decatur to view the rest of the CHARIS exhibit.

CHARIS at Columbia Theological Seminary
in Decatur, Georgia
January 20-August 7, 2010

CHARIS is featured in the Spring 2010 Issue of Image and SEEN.

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CHARIS featured in Mosaic Newsletter

The Charis exhibit was featured in the most recent issue of MOSAIC, a newsletter put out by StoneWorks to connect creative culture makers around the world. Click here to read the four page article (in .pdf format).