Welcome to the Arts Calendar

A whole new season of events awaits your enjoyment, from art exhibitions to music, dance and theatre performances.


Printer Friendly
West Michigan Academic Consortium Conference Keynote speaker Margaret Mitchell, University of Chicago Divinity School dean

West Michigan Academic Consortium Conference

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
9:00 AM

Calvin Theological Seminary, 3233 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546


The West Michigan Academic Consortium and the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University present this day-long conference.

Keynote speaker is Margaret Mitchell, University of Chicago Divinity School dean and a literary historian of ancient Christianity. Her research and teaching span a range of topics in New Testament and early Christian writings up through the end of the 4th century, with a special interest in the Pauline letters, the poetics and politics of ancient biblical interpretation, and the intersection of text, image, and artifact in the fashioning of early Christian culture.

Mitchell is the author of four books: Paul and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation (1991), The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation (2000), The "Belly-Myther" of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church (2007), and Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics (2010).

Recent articles include "The Poetics and Politics of Christian Baptism in the Abercius Monument" (2011), "The Continuing Problem of Particularity and Universality within the corpus Paulinum: Chrysostom on Romans 16:3" (2011) and "Peter's 'Hypocrisy' and Paul's: Two 'Hypocrites' at the Foundation of Earliest Christianity?"(2012).

Morning Keynote: Pauline Polemics in Galatians and Their After Effects

Afternoon: Breakout Sessions with Local Scholars

Evening Keynote: Playing with Fire - Talking About Religion in Public

This conference is free and open to the public. An optional lunch and dinner will be available for a small fee. Details about this event, including a full schedule and online registration will be available on our website at www.interfaithunderstanding.org

For more information, please email Whitney Belprez at belprezw@gvsu.edu or call (616) 331-5702.