SWCCL set for Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Southern Nazarene University will host the Southwest regional meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL), Thursday and Friday, September 30 and October 1, 2004. The conference features keynote speakers Bryan Stone and Marva Dawn. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Webster Commons on SNU campus.

This year's conference theme carries the title of Dawn's best known book, "Reaching Out, Without Dumbing Down: The Clash of Tradition and Innovation in Literary and Theological Studies." The conference aims to elicit a variety of approaches - theoretical, practical, and pedagogical - and to provide a forum for discussion across disciplines.

Bryan Stone, professor of theology at Boston University (and an SNU alum), will embrace innovation in the form of film in his discussions of theology. Marva Dawn - liturgist, theologian, and student of faith development - will offer what is often seen as the more controversial position, stressing the bedrock of tradition that must drive any considerations of worship.

The conference features sessions organized around such traditional literary topics as "19th Century Literature" and "The 20th Century Novel." One particular group of sessions will explore innovative ways of approaching the graphic novel, hypertext poetry, and film. Another session will address the word and worship, more specifically geared to the ideas of innovation and tradition as they relate to Dawn's area of expertise.

Conference highlights include a presentation of creative work on Thursday afternoon in the form of hyptertext and traditional poetry enhanced by images followed by a public address that evening by Marva Dawn titled "Our Traditions." Friday evening features a film event introduced by Bryan Stone, demonstrating film's ability to reflect powerful theological issues.

The CCL is a group of scholars and professors, primarily in the areas of literature and modern language, who convene annually to present papers and ideas about how their faith interfaces with their scholarship and work in academia. Regional members represented at this year's southwest CCL conference include universities from Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas:

Oral Roberts University
LeTourneau University
Abilene Christian University
Hardin-Simmons University
Oklahoma Baptist University
Harding University
Rice University
Tarleton State University
University of Texas at Brownsville

Although the conference is for regional members of the CCL, the conference is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Conference fee is $100 for non-students, $25 for students, and includes continental breakfast and snacks. For ticket or conference information, contact Pamela Bracken, Program Chair, at 405.491.6653, pbracken@snu.edu, or log on to www.snu.edu/swccl.