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STILLPOINT Archive: last updated 12/10/2012


Faith + History =

“200 smart and smiling historians . . .
49 concurrent sessions . . .
10 history alumni . . .
5 eloquent Gordon students presenting . . .
5 plenary sessions . . .
1 tired me.”
— Jennifer Hevelone-Harper,
professor of history (from 10/6 Facebook posting)

In early October, scholars from a variety of Christian traditions explored the relationship between Christian faith and history, as Gordon College hosted the three-day 28th Biennial Conference on Faith and History.

Topics included humanism in Turkey, sex and politics from the Medieval church to the Reformation, and Christian identity and practice in the early Middle Ages. A wide variety of panel discussions, presentations and keynote talks brought over 250 visitors to campus.

Ten Gordon faculty members participated: Jennifer Hevelone-Harper, professor of history; Stephen G. Alter, department chair and associate professor of history; K. David Goss, assistant professor of history and director of museum studies; Tal Howard, professor of history and director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry; David Wick, professor of history; Roger Green, professor of biblical studies, and adjunct professors Agnes Howard, Suzanne Hevelone, Ute Possekel and James Arcadi. During the undergraduate conference that accompanied the professional conference on campus, Gordon students Nick White '13, Anna Yearwood '13, Lazaro Mancilla '13, Abigail Sargent '13 and Hannah Otto '15 presented papers, as did recent graduate Ian Keir '12. Thanks to overlap with Homecoming, alumni could attend sessions, too.

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