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From the Colloquium: LFP Postdoctoral Fellows Summary, 2012-2013

The two fellowships directed by the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts–the two-year, residential Postdoctoral Fellowships at Valparaiso University and the three-year Lilly Graduate Fellowships–both foster discussion around a set of common readings having to do with church-related higher education and the connections between faith and learning. The Lilly Graduate Fellows meet to discuss books by cohort through Google + meetings, while the Postdoctoral Residential Fellows meet on Monday afternoons at Valparaiso University. From time to time Joe and Mary Beth (and hopefully others) will report on the readings or discussions fostered by these fellowship colloquia. A full list of works read by the postdoctoral fellows can be found here.

This past fall (2012) and this current Spring Semester (2013), the residential Fellows read a series of works that addressed the question: “How might practices and perspectives from Christian faith and tradition contribute to teaching and scholarship in the contemporary academy?” In the fall, we read the following works: Robert Frost’s “Two Tramps in Mud Time” (an exploration of work and vocation); Andrew Delbanco’s College: What It Was, Is and Should Be; David Hollinger’s, “Enough Already:  University Do Not Need More Christianity,” in Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education: Perspectives Models, and Future Prospects, ed. Andrea Sterk; the Introduction from George Marsden’s The Soul of the University; The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue with Mark Noll and James Turner, edited by Thomas A. (Tal) Howard; Stephanie Paulsell’s “Writing as a Spiritual Discipline” in The Scope of our Art, L. Gregory Jones and Stephanie Paulsell, eds.; Simone Weil, “The Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God,” in Waiting for God; selections from Kathleen Norris’s, Cloister Walk and Amazing Grace; Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture, and, as Mary Beth reported, Babette’s Feast (the film).

This spring, we are reading the following: Tobias Wolff’s “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs” and “Bullet in the Brain,” both in Our Story Begins; Brad Gregory’s “The Other Confessional History: On Secular Bias in the Study of Religion,” History and Theory, Theme Issue 45 (December 2006), 132-149; several selections from Leading Lives That Matter, edited by Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass, including Bonnie Miller-McLemore, “Generativity Crises of My Own,” Abigail Zuger, “Defining a Doctor,” Jane Addams, “Filial Relations,” Martha Nussbaum, “Interview by Bill Moyers,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “The Place of Responsibility,” Frederick Buechner, “Vocation,” Will Campbell, “Vocation as Grace,” and Mary Catherine Bateson, “Composing a Life Story”; Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” The Atlantic, July/August, 2012; Flannery O’Connor, “The Nature and Aim of Fiction,” in Mystery and Manners and “The Enduring Chill”; selections from Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do, and the colloquium will attend and discuss a performance of Bach’s “Mass in B Minor.”

From time to time we’ll be reporting on the discussion of these books.

Posted by Joe Creech

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