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Maryville-Lee Symposium to Take Place on Oct. 7


Lee University will host the Maryville-Lee Symposium: Conversations on Faith and the Liberal Arts on Friday, Oct. 7. The two-day event will be held in the Science and Math Complex and will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon and continue until 9 p.m. that evening. It will resume Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.

The theme of the symposium is “People of Faith, the Liberal Arts, and the Common Good,” which focuses on the contributions to the common good that should be and are being made by studying Liberal Arts at Christian colleges and universities.

The keynote speakers will be Dr. Glenn Sanders, a history professor at Oklahoma Baptist University; Dr. Aaron Johnson, a humanities and classics professor at Lee; Dr. John Gallagher, a management professor at Maryville College; Dr. Sheila Cornea, the director of Lee’s Center for Calling and Career; and Christy McDonald, director of the Career Center at Maryville College.

After the presentations, prepared responses will be delivered by Dr. Brian Austin, a philosophy professor at Carson-Newman University; Dr. Jeff Dryden, a professor of biblical studies at Covenant College; and Dr. Shannon Harris, history professor and director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture.

A final summary presentation will be made by Dr. Lisa Clark Diller, a history professor from Southern Adventist University.

The symposium encourages open discussion after the presentations in order to create a community in which ideas connected to a central theme form the core of ongoing discussion.

The symposium began at Maryville College in 2007 under the direction of Dr. Ronald Wells. It has since fostered a civil discussion, across disciplines and from a number of different kind of church-related institutions of higher education, on connecting Christianity and the Liberal Arts.

The event has a $75 registration fee which will cover lunch and dinner.

For more information or to register, visit symposium.

For questions about the event, contact Becky Chaffin at rchaffin@leeuniversity.edu or 423-614-8137, or Dr. Jason Ward at jward@leeuniversity.edu or 423-614-8367.
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