Smiley to keynote 2015 Christian Scholars ConferencePosted May 06, 2015
Broadcaster, author and philanthropist Tavis Smiley will deliver the keynote address for the next Christian Scholars Conference, to be held June 3-5 on the campus of Abilene Christian University.
This year’s theme is "One World: Remapping Culture, Trade, Information and Faith." Sessions will explore a wide range of topics, including civil rights, gender studies, aging, popular culture, religious history and the future of higher education.
About 500 people from more than 50 schools are expected to attend. The conference is open to anyone interested in exploring the integration of scholarship and faith.
In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored fourteen books. His memoir, What I know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, became a New York Times best seller, and the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, became the first nonfiction book by a black-owned publisher to reach No. 1 on The New York Times bestsellers list.
Recently the Tavis Smiley Foundation announced the launch of a $3 million, four-year national initiative to alleviate poverty in the U.S. The initiative will help advance action against poverty by mobilizing individuals, communities, and organizations to identify innovative and community-based solutions.
TIME Magazine honored Smiley in 2009 as one of the world's 100 most influential people. Smiley's most gratifying accomplishments are rooted in his passion to inspire the next generation of leaders. The Tavis Smiley Foundation was established to provide leadership training and development for youth. Since its inception, more than 6,000 young people have participated in the foundation's Youth to Leaders training workshops and conferences.
The annual Christian Scholars Conference is administered by Lipscomb University and rotates every four years to a supporting Christian university or college.
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