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Christian Scholars Conference: Reconciliation

Tokens is delighted to partner yet again this year with the Christian Scholars' Conference.  Tokens will be featured on the opening night of the conference, and will be welcoming hundreds of scholars and academics from across the country.  It promises to be a most outstanding evening, and we are thankful for their partnership in serving as the presenting sponsor for the show;  and we are most pleased that our very own Tokens Radio Player professor David Fleer has done and continues to do such an outstanding job organizing, planning, and convening the CSC.  More information on the conference: NASHVILLE (May 21, 2012) – Some of the nation’s top thought-leaders in reconciliation will be among more than 500 scholars and faith leaders representing more than 100 universities from around the country who will be a part of the 32nd annual Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars’ Conference taking place at Lipscomb University June 7-9.

The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences and professional schools to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith. Participants and presenters come from the nation’s top universities including Yale, Notre Dame, Cornell, Duke and Harvard.

“This year, the interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from medicine, law, theology, literature, ethics, political science, fine arts and other critical areas of expertise for collaboration and civil discourse on topics related to reconciliation,” said David Fleer, professor of Bible and communication and director of the conference.

“These interdisciplinary sessions allow literature to speak to law; fine arts is in conversation with political science; and theology is at the table with law, justice and society. It makes for invigorating dialogue; communication that is at once civil, critical and hopeful for a shared and mutually constructed future,” he said.

This year’s conference features keynote speakers Fred D. Gray, civil rights attorney; Miroslav Volf, Yale theologian and international nonviolence advocate; Immaculée Ilibagiza, author of “Left to Tell;” and Abraham Verghese, author of “Cutting For Stone.” In addition, more than 92 peer-reviewed paper, panel and performance sessions will convene academics to advance scholarship, develop collaboration and engage dialogue.

Session topics will range from “alleviation of poverty as reconciliation” to “questions of reconciliation in Terrance Malick’s film ‘The Tree of Life.’" Reconciliation will be traced through the civil rights movement in the U.S., Rwanda, Ireland, the Holy Land, cross-cultural missions, literature, environmental sustainability, restorative justice, business, the Hebrew Bible and the writings of Volf and Verghese.

This year’s conference will also include an exhibit of selections from the The Green Collection, a compilation of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities assembled by the owners of national retail chain Hobby Lobby. The Green Collection is the world’s newest, largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts.

The Green Scholars Initiative is a program to foster undergraduate research with these biblical artifacts. Studies in art, history, music, science and many other fields can benefit from religious studies. The Green Collection is designed to show professors nationwide what is available for their students to work with.

Attorney Fred D. Gray will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in recognition for his “remarkable achievements in civil rights legislation; the defense of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study participants; and for his life-long devotion to ‘destroying everything segregated I could find,’” said Fleer.

Gray has been at the forefront of changing the social fabric of America regarding desegregation, integration, constitutional law, racial discrimination in voting, housing, education, jury service, farm subsidies, medicine and ethics and generally in improving the national judicial system.”

“This is the highest honor the university bestows on an individual. It expresses Lipscomb’s proactive vision for integration at all institutional levels as integral to the university’s mission,” said Fleer.

The Christian Scholars’ Conference was created in 1981 under the direction of Olbricht, distinguished professor emeritus at Pepperdine University, and is now hosted by Lipscomb University. The mission of the Christian Scholars’ Conference is to create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of scholarly dialogue and collaboration.

For a full schedule of the conference, registration or more information about the keynote speakers, visit

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