Plenary Speakers, Lectures and Special Sessions
2019 Plenary Speakers
The CSC is thrilled to have David Brooks headline the 2019 CSC. Brooks is one of America's most prominent political commentators who writes a bi-weekly OpEd column for the New York Times and is a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. David has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. David's most recent book, The Road to Character, explores the path to a deeper inner life and explains why selflessness leads to greater success. His previous books include The Social Animal, On Paradise Drive, and Bobos in Paradise. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years and has written for The New Yorker, Forbes, The Washington Post, and other periodicals.
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Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning Palestinian-American poet, writer, and educator. Nye is Professor of Creative Writing - Poetry at Texas State University. Having written and/or edited over 30 volumes, poetry books, essays, short stories, and anthologies, her most recent book is Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners, and her upcoming book of poems is entitled The Tiny Journalist; the release of which is expected for April, 2019. Her children's novel The Turtle of Oman was chosen a Best Book of 2014, a Notable Children's Book in 2015, and was awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. She has been featured on National Public Radio, The Writers Almanac, and two PBS poetry specials. Nye describes herself as a "wandering poet". Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, her travel experiences and the cultural diversity of her home, she uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.
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The 2019 Fred D. Gray Plenary lecturer will be Professor David P. Gushee who serves as the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia. One of the premier Christian ethicists in the world, Professor Gushee is the author or editor of twenty-four books, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Changing our Mind, Still Christian, and his latest book, Moral Leadership for a Divided Age which he co-wrote with Colin Holtz. Professor Gushee is the immediate Past-President of the American Academy of Religion, and is Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics. A husband, father, and grandfather, he lives with his family in Atlanta.
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We are pleased to announce that Miroslav Volf will return to the CSC, this time in Lubbock and as the Landon Saunders Lecturer on the Human Being at the Nexus of World and Faith. Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He has earned doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has written or edited more than 20 books and over 100 scholarly articles. His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace, and Allah: A Christian Response. His next book, For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference, co-authored with Matthew Croasmun, is scheduled for release in January, 2019.
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With our focus on Wisdom, Katharine Dell is the perfect scholar to present the fifth annual J.J.M. Roberts lecture in OT studies at the 2019 CSC in Lubbock, Texas. If you were to ask biblical scholars to list the five most significant biblical wisdom experts currently in the world, most lists would contain the name of Katharine Dell. Ever since her dissertation under John Barton at Oxford University on the book of Job, in which she challenges its categorization as wisdom literature, Professor Dell has been a creative and seminal force within the field. She has published extensively, but most notable are her The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context and Interpreting Ecclesiastes: Readers Old and New. Dell has published both an introduction to the Wisdom Literature, Get Wisdom, Get Insight and of the Old Testament, Opening the Old Testament. She has also co-edited volumes on the intertextuality in Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Recently she published a spirited response to the New Atheists, such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, Who Needs the Old Testament. She is co-editor of the forthcoming New Oxford Bible Commentary and co-authoring a forthcoming book on Ecclesiastes (International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament). Professor Dell is currently Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St. Catharine’s College. She is from a clergy family and a member of the Church of England, where she preaches occasionally.
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