Conference on Christianity and Literature

The University of Dayton will host the 2011 Mideast regional meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, with the theme The Deeds of Love in the Service of Peace, on October 28-29, 2011. We invite proposals addressing a variety of perspectives, periods, critical approaches, and religious traditions that examine the relation of love to peace in literature or any other topic relevant to Christianity and literature.

To propose a paper, please submit a 250-word abstract. Proposals for creative readings should include a 250-word description of the work and a 3-page sample. All proposals should be sent by e-mail to Molly Sexton by July 1, 2011.

A link to online registration is below. To register by phone, call 1-800-228-9290 and refer to code: CCLO.

Distinguished Speakers

KearneyRichard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and serves as a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and the University of Nice. He is the author of over 20 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited 14 more. He was formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin. As a public intellectual in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995). He has presented five series on culture and philosophy for Irish and/or British television and broadcast extensively on the European media.

MairsNancy Mairs, though born by accident of war in Long Beach, California, grew up north of Boston. In 1964, she received the A.B. cum laude from Wheaton College (Norton, Massachusetts), which made her a Doctor of Humane Letters thirty years later. She earned the M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry) in 1975 and the Ph.D. in English literature (with a minor in English education) in 1984 from the University of Arizona. She has taught writing and literature at Salpointe Catholic High School, the University of Arizona, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

A poet and an essayist, she was awarded the 1984 Western States Book Award in poetry for In All the Rooms of the Yellow House (Confluence Press, 1984) and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1991. Her first work of nonfiction, a collection of essays entitled Plaintext: Deciphering a Woman's Life, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 1986. Since then, she has written a memoir, Remembering the Bone House, a spiritual autobiography, Ordinary Time: Cycles in Marriage, Faith, and Renewal, and three more books of essays, Carnal Acts, Voice Lessons: On Becoming a (Woman) Writer, and Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled. A fourth book of essays, A Troubled Guest: Life and Death Stories, was supported by a fellowship from the Project on Death in America of the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute. Most recently, she published A Dynamic God: Living an Unconventional Catholic Faith. The Arizona Humanities Council gave her their 2008 Arizona Literary Treasure Award.