Seminars @ Calvin - Application Deadline Approaching

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 (Around 2 years ago)

Dear Colleague, I writing to encourage you to give some thought to joining a summer seminar here at Calvin College. For the past 16 seasons, we have been running these live-in sessions on topics of high interest, convened by the best and brightest of the Christian academy.

These seminars, says Mark Noll, distinguished historian of American intellectual and religious life, are “Calvin College’s special contribution to the life of the evangelical mind.” They “offer opportunities for scholars from different Christian traditions to address important intellectual questions” and advance their own research and teaching.

Says Jay Case of Malone College, the author of An Unpredictable Gospel (Oxford, 2012), a new study of foreign missions’ impact on America, “a Seminar in Christian Scholarship reoriented my thinking in significant ways. The seminar added to the work on this book, but I am grateful for that reorientation.”

Scholars in many fields, including the natural sciences, philosophy and the social sciences have benefited deeply. Here is what several from last summer have told us:

“It really refreshed me as a scholar, both personally and professionally. Like a breath of fresh air.”

“It was easily one of the most formative experiences in my young academic career.”

“It is positively refreshing to study under Christian scholars for whom the pursuit of wisdom does not merely consist in intellectual exercises. The charity, humility, and grace toward every participant [the leaders showed] are worth more than all of the theorizing in the world. “

Because our seminars are grant-funded, there is little cost to participate — mostly travel to Calvin College and some food while you are here. The grants cover the cost of housing, books and materials and some meals as well as a few social events.

As you will see from the website, we have a stunningly good lineup for this coming summer, and we are hoping that you will apply. In case you have not heard of the program until just now, we are extending our applications deadline until February 10 in order to give you a chance at one of the seminar seats. We would love to host you and your family this coming summer.

Join us, won’t you?

Cordially, Joel A. Carpenter Director

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