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November 2015

Welcome to the LFP Update, an e-publication from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts to keep LFP representatives and others informed about the   activities of 1) LFP National Network institutions, 2)  present and former Lilly Fellows and, 3) the LFP office at Valparaiso University.

In this Issue:

Deadline for Nominations for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program 

The deadline for nominations for the Ninth Cohort of Lilly Graduate Fellows is November 17, 2015. Make sure you send your nominees to the LFP national office by that date. Each network school can nominate up to three students for the Lilly Graduate Fellowships. Students who plan to enter PhD, MFA, or comparable programs in fall 2016 and received a bachelor’s degree from Network institutions after April 2011 are eligible for the Lilly Graduate Fellowship. For additional eligibility requirements, click hereThe deadline for nominations is November 17, 2015.

Please submit your nominations to the LFP office via the LFP general email. If for some reason, the transmission fails to go through, please fax the nominations to 219-464-5496 or submit the nominations via the US Mail. If you must fax or mail the nominations, please give the office a quick phone call to alert us (219-464-5317). Please include the following information regarding the nominees:

E-mail address
Campus mail address
Permanent address
Telephone number (campus, cell, or permanent—at whichever we can reach the student)
Month and year of graduation


The Twenty-fifth Annual LFP National Conference

The twenty-fifth Annual LFP National ConferenceCreated for Creativity: Music, Culture, and Faith, convened at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, October 9-11, 2015. The conference began with a plenary address by Dr. Steve Guthrie of Belmont University entitled, “From Possession to Gift: A Theology of Creative Generosity,” which will appear in the LFP issue of The Cresset in spring, 2016. Conferees also heard panelists William Powell of Auburn University, Rod Riley of Word Entertainment, and recording artist and professor of songwriting Ginny Owens, and heard musical performances by students, alums, and faculty of the Belmont University Department of Music. Participants also experienced the Stations of the Cross art exhibit by David Ribar, as well as a Friday evening vespers service. Some participants asked how to contact Ms. Owens for performances—she can be reached at, and her latest free download can be found here. The LFP offers a big thanks to the wonderful folks at Belmont for such a terrific conference.

We look forward to the twenty-sixth annual National Conference to be held October 14-16, 2016, at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.  The conference will address the theme, Semper Reformanda: Reformed and Always Reforming, Faith, Science, Art and Culture.


The Sixteenth Annual Workshop for Senior Administrators

On Thursday and Friday, October 8-9, 2015, Belmont University in Nashville, TN, held the sixteenth annual Workshop for Senior Administrators, and welcomed participants from Network Schools to discuss the theme, Mentoring for Leadership in Mission. The two plenary sessions were organized by J. Bradley Creed, President of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, and Denise Doyle, Provost Emerita at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Creed and Doyle facilitated discussion focused on how church-related schools develop faculty leaders who shape, articulate, animate, and promote institutional mission. In addition, attendees engaged two panel discussions. The first focused on mid-career mentoring and featured Susan VanZanten, Professor of English at Seattle Pacific University and Jeffrey B. Kurtz, Associate Professor of Communication at Denison University in Granville, OH. The second focused on the Ignatian Colleagues Program and featured Edward J. Peck, Vice President for University Mission and Identity at John Carroll University in University Heights, OH, and Ellen Spake, Assistant to the President and Mission Integration Officer at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. Margaret Franson, Associate Dean of Christ College of Valparaiso University, facilitated the workshop.

The seventeenth Annual Workshop for Senior Administrators will be held at the Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, October 13-14, 2016. Check the website in spring, 2016, for more information on next year’s workshop.


Report from the LFP National Network Board October Meeting 

The National Network Board of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts met for its semi-annual meeting October 8-9, 2015 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, site of the 2015 LFP annual National Conference. After considering proposals for Small Grants and Regional Conferences, the Board award grants to the following institutions: 

The Board also accepted the proposal for membership in the National Network of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Welcome to the Network!

The National Network Board voted the following LFP Representatives to the National Network Board:

The four-year terms of these Board members will begin with the National Network Board meeting in April 2015. We welcome these colleagues to the Board and thank retiring Board members Brad Creed, formerly of Samford University in Birmingham, AL, and currently of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, Caryn RiswoldIllinois College in Jacksonville, IL, and Gretchen J. Van Dyke, at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA, for their years of faithful service to the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts.


The Sixth Biennial Lilly Fellows Program Book Award

On October 9, 2015, the sixth Biennial Lilly Fellows Program Book Award was presented to Karen E. Eifler and Thomas M. Landy for their work, Becoming Beholders: Cultivating Sacramental Imagination and Actions in College Classrooms. The LFP presented Dr. Eifler and Dr. Landy a prize of $3000 at the Friday evening banquet of the National Conference. 

Becoming Beholders explores how a vision of creation rooted in the Incarnation can impact scholarship and teaching for Catholic and non-Catholic scholars alike.  Becoming Beholders demonstrates how this vision, or “sacramental imagination,” can work hand-in-hand with disciplinary training to move scholar-teachers to see deeply—that is, to help them understand how pedagogy and disciplinary modes of observation, questioning, theorizing, and experimentation connect to an understanding of creation as divine gift.  Becoming Beholders will invigorate thoughtful scholarship and teaching and perhaps, most importantly, inspire new ways of seeing and being.

This year’s finalists for the LFP Book Award are The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education, edited by Christopher Gehrz, and Beginning with the Word: Modern Literature and the Question of Belief, by Roger Lundin.

The biennial Lilly Fellows Program Book Award honors an original and imaginative work from any academic discipline that best exemplifies the central ideas and principles animating the Lilly Fellows Program.  These include faith and learning in the Christian intellectual tradition, the vocation of teaching and scholarship, and the history, theory or practice of the university as the site of religious inquiry and culture.


Call for Nominations: The Eighth Biennial Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Nonfiction

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts announces that it is now accepting nominations for the Eighth Biennial Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Nonfiction.  The Nomination deadline is March 1, 2016.  For more information, read below, click here or view the flyer (PDF) here

As this prize is in nonfiction, we urge you to forward this e-mail to the chair of your pertinent departments in humanities and the arts.

The Arlin G. Meyer Prize is awarded biennially to a fulltime faculty member from a college or university in the Lilly Fellows Program National Network. Work that exemplifies the practice of the Christian artistic or scholarly vocation in relation to any pertinent subject matter or literary and artistic style will be considered. The prize will be awarded in different years for works of creative imagination and for works of scholarship. The 2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize will reward the author of a work of academic nonfiction that emerges from his or her practice of the vocation of the Christian scholar, in accord with the principles and ideals of the Lilly Fellows Program.

The Prize of $3000 will be awarded at the Lilly Fellows Program National Conference at Augsburg College, October 14-16, 2016.


Upcoming Conference: Georgetown College (KY) Regional Conference 

Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY, will host a Regional Conference with the theme, “Discerning Academic Vocation in a Contested Religious Tradition,” January 28-29, 2016.  Plenary Speakers include Nadia Bolz-Weber, David Gushee, Caroline Simon, and Patricia O’Connell Killen. Conference costs are discounted for Lilly Fellows Network members and Fellows

This conference addresses the challenges and highlight opportunities related to the complex and fluctuating relationships between institutions of higher learning and their sponsoring institutions, key constituencies, or historical institutional connections. Some questions include: 

  • How will academic vocation, grounded in the tradition of the academy and religious frameworks, continue creative and responsive teaching and research?
  • What does it mean that American higher education continues to represent itself in terms of religious tradition, or denominational loyalty, as traditions continue to be challenged from within and without?
  • How do we invite and challenge students to follow paths into various vocations related to the future and well-being of religious traditions?
  • Should we engage students, educators, and communities in discovering religious fidelity as a path to principled pluralism, and if so, how? 

For more information, please see the Conference Website here.


Deadlines for Grants and Other Opportunities

The next series of programs that will receive funding are: Mentoring ProgramsNetwork ExchangesSmall Grants, and Regional Conferences. Proposals for the programs are due September 15, 2016.

Network Programs:
The deadline for applications for the Gordon College Summer Seminar for College Teachers in Orvieto, Italy, is November 10, 2015.

Fellowship Programs:
The deadline for submitting up to three nominees for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program is November 17, 2015.

The deadline for applications for the 2016-2018 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships in Humanities and the Arts is Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

For more information, visit the LFP website.


From the Colloquium at Our Blog, Exiles from Eden 

To learn about the readings of the Graduate Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows, please see Joe Creech’s “From the Colloquium” post on the LFP-sponsored blog, Exiles from Eden.


Facebook and Twitter

As always, the LFP can be followed on Facebook and Twitter at @LFProgram and @Exilesfromeden.

Noteworthy News

Georgetown College Regional Conference

The Lilly Fellows Program is sponsoring a Regional Conference at Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY, on "Discerning Academic Vocation in a Contested Religious Tradition," will be held on January 28-29, 2016. For more information, visit the conference website here.

2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Nonfiction

We are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Nonfiction.  Each LFP Network School can nominate one faculty member for this prize.  Nominations are due March 1, 2016. For more information, click here.

2015 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award Winner and Finalists

Click here to see the winner of and finalists for the 2015 Lilly Fellows program Book Award!

2015 Workshop for Senior Administrators

The 2015 Workshop for Senior Administrators was held on October 8-9 at Belmont University.  We will be posting talks as they are available on our website.

2015 Annual National Conference

The 25th annual National Conference was held on October 9-11, 2015, at Belmont University.  As talks become available, we will post them to our website.

November LFP Update

Check out the current _LFP_Update_ for November, 2015

Follow the Exiles from Eden Blog!

The LFP is now sponsoring a new blog, Exiles from Eden.  Go check it out!

National Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here.