Two Upcoming Regional Conferences

There are two upcoming regional conferences: one at Gordon College and one at Georgetown College.

Gordon College:

Islam in the Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching about Islam in a Post 9/11 World

September 21, 2015

On September 21, 2015,Gordon College will host a one-day LFP-sponsored Regional Conference: Islam in the Classroom: The Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Islam in a Post 9/11 World.

Speakers will be Amir Hussain, (Loyola Marymount University); Jennifer Hevelone-Harper (Gordon College); Judith Rood (Biola University), and Gabriel Reynolds (University of Notre Dame).

The purpose of this one-day conference is to bring several leading scholars together to deliberate well and wisely about how accurate and insightful knowledge of Islam can be taught in the college classroom. Particular emphasis will be placed on the teaching of Islam in church-affiliated colleges and universities, whether Protestant or Catholic, in the North American context. Foci of papers may include: the place of Islam in the Core Curriculum; Christian-Muslim dialogue; the state of Islamic studies in North America; teaching the historical origins of Islam; teaching Islam and contemporary affairs; teaching turning points in the history of Islam; understanding Islam in theological perspective, and teaching Western perceptions of Islam/Muslim perceptions of Western societies.


For more information on this Regional Conference including registration and speaker information, see Gordon College's conference website.

Georgetown College:

Save the Date!

Georgetown College will host a Regional Conference with the theme, Discerning Academic Vocation in a Contested Religious Tradition, January 28 to 29, 2016.

Check back soon for more information or see Georgetown College's conference website.


Description and Guidelines for Regional Conferences

Regional Conferences or Workshops represent a flexible category of programs that encourage examination of topics of special significance to faculty, administrators, and students at a particular institution or group of institutions, or matters of special intellectual concern to faculty and others in Christian higher education. The focus, character, and constituency of the conference may vary to suit the needs of the applicant, within the general guidelines listed above. Previous successful conferences and workshops have focused on issues facing schools in a particular region, topics of current debate among faculty at a particular school, student life issues, graduate student matters, various theological or denominational traditions in higher education, an array of topics in liberal and professional education, and issues of civic and public concern to the Christian intellectual community.

Funding is available for up to two Regional Conferences or Workshops taking place in the 2015-2016 academic year at $12,500 each. It is expected that in many cases the host institution or group of institutions may also contribute to funding the conference. Institutions that have already received a grant in this category will not be eligible in the same category again for three years after the original grant was awarded.  Although Regional Conferences or Workshops represent a flexible category of programs, priority is given to applications for programs that connect representatives from campuses within a particular geographical region.

Application deadline: September 15, 2015 for a program planned for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Application to host a Regional Conference

Learn more about past Regional Conferences here.

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