The Lutheran Academy of Scholars Summer Seminar

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 (Around 7 years ago)

CULTIVATING AUTHENTICITY: Negotiating Difference in a Plural World The Lutheran Academy of Scholars Summer Seminar Currier House, Harvard University July 8-21, 2007 

The Lutheran Academy of Scholars invites faculty from all fields of study to consider how they might provide intellectual leadership for the common good and explore reasons for expanding their activity into larger academic and civic arenas. The 2007 conversation will consider the powerful challenge to Lutheran theoretical identity presented by the politically, religiously and culturally diverse world in which we live. Is this challenge a bane or a blessing for traditional Lutheran thought and practice? Are all diverse perspectives of equal value? Are traditional positions worth preserving? What is required, individually and institutionally, to maintain Lutheran integrity in the face of a diverse world? These are but a few of the questions this seminar will entertain. Participants from the social sciences (broadly construed) and the humanities will bring their own specialization to bear on the discussion and carry out a related scholarly project of their own design. A weekend follow-up session in the summer 2008 will focus upon those projects.

Eight to ten seminar members will be selected. Each will receive $2,000.00 stipend for participation in the seminar and the follow-up session as well as expenses for travel, lodging and a per diem.

Seminar Leader: Ronald F. Thiemann, Professor of Theology and Religion & Society, Harvard University, Divinity School and Faculty Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership Coordinator: L. DeAne Lagerquist, Professor and Chair of Religion, St. Olaf College

Applications are due February 15, 2007. Seminar participants will be selected by March 1, 2007. Applications should include: a letter of application, a current c. v., a one-page description of the applicant’s scholarly project, and a letter of endorsement from the applicant’s dean. Institutions not currently members of the Academy will be responsible for a $1000 subsidy for seminar expenses.

Please send applications to Gregg Muilenburg, Director, Lutheran Academy of Scholars, Concordia College, 901 8 St S, Moorhead MN 56562, muilenbu@cord.edu.

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