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2011 Conference

Education as Formation: Christian Approaches
October 6-8, 2011
Prince Conference Center, Calvin College

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About the Conference

There are longstanding debates between those who urge that teaching should focus on intellectual matters and disavow claims to shape students in broader ways, and those who view learning as bound up with moral and spiritual formation. Amid the arguments over basic principles, there remains a need for better understanding of the kinds of formation actually taking place as teachers teach and students learn. The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning will host a conference in October 2011 with a focus on Christian approaches to education as formation. Papers presentations will focus on some aspect of pedagogy in relation to student formation; both theoretical studies and accounts of practice.

Plenary Speakers

Perry L. Glanzer (B.A., Rice University; M.A., Baylor University; Ph.D., University of Southern California) an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations in the School of Education and the Institute for Church-State Studies at Baylor University.  His research interests include the areas of moral education, Christian higher education and the relationships between, religion, education and politics.  He is the coauthor with Todd Ream of Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009) and Christianity and Scholarship in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and the author of The Quest for Russia’s Soul: Evangelicals and Moral Education in Post-Communist Russia (Baylor University Press, 2002).  In addition, his scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as Christian Scholars Review, Comparative Education Review, Educational Policy, Journal of Moral Education , Journal of Church and State, , Religious Education, English Journal, Journal of General Education, Journal of Education and Christian Belief and Religion, State and Society. He and his wife live in Hewitt, TX with their two sons, Bennett and Cody.

Frans van Liere is Professor of History at Calvin College. He holds a degree in theology and a Ph.D. in medieval studies from Groningen University. He previously worked as research assistant at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and taught religion and history at the College of Charleston, S.C. He has published critical editions and translations of Andrew of Saint Victors Bible commentaries for the series Corpus Christianorum, and he is currently co-editor for the series Victorine Texts in Translation, which aims to make the thought of the twelfth-century school of Saint Victor available for a wider audience. He has published extensively on medieval Biblical exegesis, twelfth-century intellectual history, and fourteenth-century papal history. He is currently working on an introduction to the medieval Bible for Cambridge University Press.

Linda Zagzebski is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Philosophy and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Oklahoma. She is past President of the Society of Christian Philosophers and past President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. Among her many endowed lectures, she has given the Romanell Lectures of Phi Beta Kappa, the McCarthy Lectures at the Gregorian University in Rome, and the Wilde Lectures in Natural Religion at Oxford. Her books include The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge, (Oxford University Press, 1991), Virtues of the Mind (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Divine Motivation Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Philosophy of Religion: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 2007), and On Epistemology (Wadsworth, 2008), as well as many edited books and articles in virtue epistemology, philosophy of religion, and virtue ethics. 

Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule is subject to change. For a detailed schedule, including breakout session presenters and topics, view the pdf schedule.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
3:00 - 5:00pm Check-In
5:30 - 7:00pm Dinner (Included)
7:30pm Welcome
7:45 - 9:00pm Plenary 1: "Arousing, Directing and Complicating Love: The Role of Christian Higher Education", Perry Glanzer
9:00-10:00pm Reception

Friday, October 7, 2011
8:30 - 10:30am Breakout Sessions 1
11:00 - 12:15pm Plenary 2: "Moral Exemplars in Theory and Practice", Linda Zagzebski
12:30pm Lunch (Included)
2:00 - 3:20pm Breakout Sessions 2
3:20pm Break
3:50 - 5:50pm Breakout Sessions 3
6:00pm Dinner (Included)

Saturday, October 8, 2011
8:30 - 10:30am Breakout Sessions 4
10:30am Break
11:00 - 12:15pm Plenary 3: "Total Wisdom. Hugh of Saint Victor (d. 1141) and Christian Education" Frans van Liere
12:30pm Lunch (Included)