Samford University


Teaching The Christian Intellectual Tradition

2014 Conference: Augustine Across the Curriculum

Samford University • Birmingham, AL • October 2-4, 2014

Lilly Foundation LogoSamford University is proud to announce its inaugural conference on “Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition”  (TCIT). Supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, this biennial conference is designed to provide an opportunity for scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about teaching Christianity’s rich intellectual heritage to today’s undergraduates.
Samford University is committed to teaching this heritage through its Core Texts curriculum and University Fellows honors program, and we seek to create a network of universities and scholars devoted to similar ends. Each conference will focus on a different figure or theme and will equip undergraduate faculty with effective strategies for teaching the tradition in a variety of courses across the curriculum.

Call For Papers 2014

St. AugustineThe 2014 conference will focus on Augustine and will feature plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond) and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary). Specialists and non-specialists are invited to submit proposals; however, proposals should be designed with the non-specialist in mind and should directly address how to incorporate Augustine in the classroom. Proposals that demonstrate the interdisciplinary connections in Augustine’s work are strongly encouraged.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, teaching Augustine in the following contexts: the Freshman Core, the Interdisciplinary Seminar, Literature and Autobiography, Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Modernity and Post-Modernity, Free Will and Determinism, and Intellectual History. We are also interested in any number of approaches to teaching Augustine in the major (Psychology, English, History, Political Science, Education, etc.), as well as presentations that focus on single works and how they may be employed in a variety of class settings. Presentations are limited to twenty minutes.

Please send a 350-500 word proposal with your name, professional title, home institution, and contact information (including e-mail address) to There is no conference fee, and limited travel stipends are available to graduate students and early-career faculty.  Please indicate your desire to be considered for a stipend when you submit your proposal.

The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2014. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by June 15, 2014.

Plenary Speakers and Schedule

Peter Iver Kaufman

Peter Iver Kaufman

Peter Iver Kaufman retired from the departments of religious studies and history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2008 to accept the Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. He has published chapters on Augustine in several of his books, Redeeming Politics (Princeton University Press, 1992), Church, Book, and Bishop (HarperCollinsWestview,1996), and Incorrectly Political: Augustine and Thomas More (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), as well studies of Augustine in Church History, Journal of Early Christian Studies, Journal of Late Antiquity, Religions, History of Political Thought, and Augustine’s City of God: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Kristen Deede Johnson

Kristen Deede Johnson

Kristen Deede Johnson is Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Formation at WesternTheological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Previously, she served as thefounding director of the Studies in Ministry Minor and the Center forMinistry Studies at Hope College, programs dedicated to upholding thesignificance of theological formation, spiritual growth, cultural engagement,and vocational discernment. She is the author of Theology,Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference (CambridgeUniversity Press, 2007), in which she puts Augustine’s theology and politicaltheory into conversation with contemporary theorists. She has contributed to anumber of books and journals in areas of theology, political theory, andculture, and is the co-author of a forthcoming book on justice with BrazosPress.

 TCIT Sessions 


Lodging Information

Aloft Birmingham Soho Square $124
1903 29th Avenue S, Homewood, AL 35209
(205) 874-8055
The conference hotel is Aloft Birmingham. Transportation will be provided to and from the airport and to and from the campus during the conference. Participants can receive the conference rate of $124/night by making an online reservation or by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the LillyFellows Regional Conference.  

Conference Co-Chairs

Brad Creed, Samford Provost and Executive Vice President
Scott McGinnis, Associate Professor of Religion
Jason Wallace, Associate Professor of History, Director, Samford Core Texts Program
Bryan Johnson, Director, Samford University Fellows
Chris Metress, University Professor

Conference Coordinator

Rachel Ray (Samford University Fellow and Classics Major)
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