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2013 Conference

Virtues, Vices, and Teaching
October 3-5, 2013
Prince Conference Center, Calvin College

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About the Conference

Discussions of virtues and vices direct our attention away from rules and consequences and toward the role of character. The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning ( will host a conference in October 2013 on Virtues, Vices, and Teaching.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the implications of a focus on virtues and vices for the way Christian teaching and learning are approached. The scope of the conference is not restricted to moral education per se; papers will be presented on topics that connect virtue/vice in general or specific virtues and vices with learning in any discipline or area of educational activity. Papers will focus on some aspect of pedagogy including both theoretical studies and accounts of practice.

Plenary Speakers

Jennifer Herdt is Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School.  She joined the Yale faculty in 2010, following eleven years on the faculty of theology at the University of Notre Dame.  She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.  She is the author of Religion and Faction in Hume's Moral Philosophy (Cambridge, 1997) and of Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices (Chicago, 2008), which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2009.  Her primary interests are in early modern and modern moral thought, classical and contemporary virtue ethics, and Christian social and political thought.   Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of Religion, Modern Theology, Soundings, Studies in Christian Ethics, and the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, among others.  They deal with subjects ranging from humility and the code of the streets, indiscriminate divine love, Locke and martyrdom, and connections between divine compassion and the mystification of power.  In addition, she has edited special issues of the Journal of Religious Ethics (on Eighteenth-Century Ethics) and the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (on Virtue, Identity, and Agency:  Ethical Formation from Medieval to Modern).  She recently delivered the Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary on the meaning and defensibility of Christian eudaimonism, and has another project underway concerning ethical formation and the concept of “Bildung,” and the imago dei, supported by a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Religious Ethics.  She lives in Hamden, CT with her husband Jan Hagens, who is a scholar of German literature.  They have two children, Cora (12) and Adam (8).   

L. Gregory Jones is dedicated to cultivating strategic and visionary leadership in partnership with individuals and institutions. His focus on leadership builds on his scholarly work in forgiveness and reconciliation as well as his years in leading Christian institutions. Jones is senior strategist for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity and a professor of theology in the Divinity School of Duke University. He has served as Duke’s chief international strategist to advance and coordinate the university’s global engagement. Between 1997 and June 2010, Jones served as the 11th dean of Duke Divinity School. Known for his entrepreneurial leadership and fund-raising ability, Jones’ deanship was marked by significant growth in the Divinity School. More than $102 million was raised under Jones’s leadership in The Campaign for Duke (1998-2003). Major new initiatives during his tenure included Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, the Center for Reconciliation, the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation, the Clergy Health Initiative, the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership, and international partnerships, especially with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and the United Methodist Church in Cote d’Ivoire. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including the co-authored Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace (with Celestin Musekura, in 2010), Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry (with Kevin R. Armstrong, in 2006) and the widely acclaimed Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis (1995). Jones, an ordained United Methodist pastor, has published more than 100 articles in a variety of publications. He is an editor-at-large for Christian Century, and writes a regular column for Faith & Leadership, the web magazine published by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Jones is also widely sought after as a preacher and lecturer. Jones is married to the Rev. Susan Pendleton Jones, a United Methodist minister who serves as director of field education at Duke Divinity School. They are the parents of three children: Nathan, Ben and Sarah.

Dr. David K. Naugle is chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University where he has worked for twenty-one years in both administrative and academic capacities. He earned a Th.D. in systematic theology and a Ph.D. in humanities with concentrations in philosophy and English literature.

He is also the director of the Paideia College Society (formerly the Pew College Society), an academic organization now internally funded by DBU and supported by generous donors. Overall, the PCS seeks to deepen the undergraduate students' educational experience through a vision of Christian humanism and classical liberal education in this context.

Dr. Naugle also established and directs a weekly lecture series at Dallas Baptist University called the "Friday Symposium" which has been ongoing now for some sixteen years. This lecture series features presentations by DBU faculty, gifted undergraduate and graduate students, and off-campus speakers on a broad range of scholarly topics, especially at the interface of faith and culture. He also established and occasionally teaches a "Summer Institute for Christian Scholarship," a ten-week faculty development program for Dallas Baptist University professors. He organized and leads a reading and discussion group on campus for DBU faculty called "The Outrageous Christian Scholars Society," which meets to foster collegiality and enhance vision for the work of Christian higher education.

Dr. Naugle serves as a ‘Colson Fellow’ in the Christian worldview think tank sponsored by Prison Fellowship near Washington, D.C. He is also on the advisory board of the International Institute of Christian Studies and serves on the Advisory Board of the Bryan Institute at Bryan College. He is also on the editorial boards of Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts and also the journal Integrite.

Dr. Naugle is the author of Worldview: The History of a Concept, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, and Philosophy: A Student’s Guide, a volume in the series Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition.

In addition to writing and teaching, Dr. Naugle is an avid golfer, gardener, guitarist and drummer. He and his wife, Deemie, who is the Associate Provost at DBU, and their dog "Kuyper" live in Duncanville, Texas and have one daughter, Courtney.

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Listen to the Plenary Speakers

Jennifer Herdt Talk

Greg Jones Talk

David Naugle Talk