The 20th Anniversary National Conference of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts

Face to Face in Time and Place:
Perspectives on Place in Higher Learning
October 15-17, 2010


Lilly Fellows ConferenceIn 2010 the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts will celebrate its 20th Anniversary when its annual National Conference returns to Valparaiso University, the institutional home of the Lilly Fellows Program and the two-year residential Lilly Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship.

As we celebrate this return to the place from which our twenty-year conversation about church-related higher learning began, we will consider the theme, Face to Face in Time and Place: Perspectives on Place in Higher Education. In plenary sessions, artistic presentations, and conversation, we will consider connections among place, community, and learning in church-related higher education from theological, sociological, and architectural perspectives.

We will think through questions such as: if place is important for learning, then what constitutes a place? Does place require physical structure, and, if so, is there a pedagogical ethic related to such physical spaces? Can place exist outside of physical structures, perhaps in community identity, so that a nexus of relationships constitutes a place of learning? Can ideas exist apart from communities and places--must ideas be in some way embodied? How do memories and traditions, as they constitute place, shape the ideas taught in our classrooms? Finally, how does place connect to institutional mission, and does place matter to church-related institutions in unique ways?

Keynote addresses for the conference will be offered by: Dr. Gretchen Buggeln, Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and the Arts in Christ College Honors College at Valparaiso University; Dr. Gerardo Marti, L. Richardson King Associate Professor of Sociology at Davidson College, and Dr. Vincent Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton.

We cordially invite Lilly Fellows Program Campus Representatives, members of the Valparaiso University campus, and Friends of the Lilly Fellows Program to join us for this celebration.