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 hosted its inaugural conference on “Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition” October 2-4, 2014. Supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, this biennial conference provides 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. 

The 2014 conference focused on Augustine and featured plenary speakers Peter Kaufman of the University of Richmond and Kristen Deede Johnson of Western Theological Seminary.

St. Augustine

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.

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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