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Christian Scholars Conference
“Restoration Tradition and the Emerging Academy”

July 21-23, 2005
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

The annual meeting of the Christian Scholars Conference will be held July 21-23 at the new Drescher Graduate Campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  The conference theme, “Restoration Tradition and the Emerging Academy, will allow participants to consider how the spiritual heritage they share can address, serve, and strengthen the Christian academy. 

The conference will feature addresses by Dr. Kathy Pulley, the associate vice president for academic affairs at Southwest Missouri State University, and a scholar and teacher in the field of religious studies; Dr Robert Webber, professor at Northern Seminary and author of Ancient-Future Faith and many other notable books, speaking on “Is There a New Face to Restorationism?”; and Kenneth W. Starr, Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law and author of First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life.  In addition, Dr. Leonard Allen will moderate a panel discussion on “The Spiritual Life of the Academic” featuring panelists Dr. Jackie Halstead and Dr. Jerry Taylor of Abilene Christian University and Dr. Gary Holloway of Lipscomb University.

In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference will feature a number of break-out sessions during which conferees will be able to hear and discuss presentations on a wide variety of topics from many disciplines. 

Call for Papers and Proposals

The Conference planning committee invites submissions of abstracts, papers, and proposals from all discipline areas. Each faculty presentation session will be 75-90 minutes. Each presentation should be no more than 20 minutes in length. We also invite other media (video, etc.) and performance as appropriate to each discipline. The committee also invites suggestions for special sessions or discussion groups.  The preferred method of submission is by email with a Word attachment to Provost Darryl Tippens at . You may also fax your abstract, paper, or proposal to Provost Darryl Tippens at (310) 506-7393 or mail it to him at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263.  Proposals will be distributed to discipline-specific subcommittees for review. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2005. You will be notified by June 1, or sooner, whether the proposal has been accepted for presentation.