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Keynote speakers announced for Christian literature conference in September

June 27, 2006

Abilene Christian University and the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature will serve as hosts for Inscription, a conference for teachers, writers and readers of Christian writing, rhetoric and literature Sept. 28-30, and three speakers will make key presentations during the conference.

he three key speakers include:  Dr. Jill Baumgaertner, dean of humanities and theological studies at Wheaton College; Dr. David Lytle Jeffrey, distinguished professor of literature and humanities at Baylor University; and Dr. David Naugle, chair and professor philosophy at Dallas Baptist University.

Baumgaertner has won several awards in her field including the White Eagle Coffee Store Press poetry contest, the Goodman award, an Illinois Art Council award, the Illinois Prize of Rock River poetry contest and a Fulbright. She's served as an editor for The Cresset, First Things and River Oak Review. Baumgaertner is currently editor of The Christian Century.

Jeffrey, former chair of English at both the University of Victoria and University of Ottawa, has been a guest professor at Peking University in Beijing since 1996. He has been a professor at the University of Rochester and University of Hull in England, and he's been a visiting faculty member at Notre Dame and Regent College. Elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1996, Jeffrey has written People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture, Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture, The Poetry of William Cowper and many other books. He was given a lifetime achievement award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature/Modern Language Association.

Naugle is the founder and director of the Paideia College Society, and he directs a weekly lecture called "Friday Symposium." He was an adjunct professor of religion at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1980-88. He was also a campus minister at UTA. Naugle also wrote Worldview: the History of a Concept. He is a fellow for the Wilberforce Forum, a Christian organization sponsored by Prison Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Nancy Shankle, chair of the English Department at ACU, said 70 presenters will accompany the three plenary speakers at the event.

Dr. Royce Money, president of ACU, will present the opening remarks and welcome attendees at the event. Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, ACU provost, will facilitate a forum discussion called "Beyond Integration: A Faith and Learning Dialogue."

Those interested in the conference can get more information and register at Registration fees range from $15 for students to $60 before Aug. 15. After that date, registration fees will increase.

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