Conference Theme: Sex and Sexuality on College Campuses
Monday, February 22, 2016
Registration: 1:00-7:00 pm - Lobby
New Member Reception: 4:00-5:30 (WP Hotel)
Welcome/Reception: 5:45 pm (WP Hotel)
Opening Plenary and Dinner: 6:30-8:30 pm
Opening Plenary: Jennifer Wright Knust, Sex and Sacred Texts
Jennifer Knust joined the faculty of BU in the fall of 2005. Professor Knust is a specialist in the literature and history of ancient Christianity with a particular interest in the transmission and reception of sacred texts and in the importance of gendered discourses to the production of an early Christian identity. In the College of Arts and Sciences, she teaches courses on the history Christianity, women and religion, and in the Core Curriculum. After earning her PhD from Columbia University in 2001 and before joining the BU faculty, she taught at the College of the Holy Cross and held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2003-2004). Her book Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity (Columbia University Press, 2005) examines the use of sexualized invective by Christian authors from Paul to Irenaeus of Lyons, placing these charges within broad discursive and political contexts. Author of several essays and journal articles, she has written on the transmission of the Gospels, ancient views of sexuality, theories of sacrifice, and religious violence. Her current projects include an inter-disciplinary volume on sacrifice in the ancient Mediterranean (edited with Zsuzsanna Varhélyi, Department of Classical Studies), a detailed study of the transmission of the story of the woman taken in adultery (John 7:53-8:11), and a consideration of the contradictory presentation of sexual ethics within the biblical books.
Tuesday, February 23, 2015
Breakfast Buffet: 7:30-8:45 am
Morning Plenary – 9:15-10:45 am
Morning Plenary: Title IX and Issues on Campus: Harrison Marshall, Angie Littlejohn, Attorneys at Law
Harrison Marshall has served on the firm's Board of Partners and is chair of the firm's Finance Committee. He practices corporate law, including representing large corporations, emerging growth companies, venture capital and private equity funds, and colleges and universities. His work includes mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance counseling to boards of directors, officers and shareholders. He represents venture capital and private equity funds in investments and divestitures, and represents their portfolio companies in connection with acquisitions.
Angie Littlejohn is in her fifth year as Furman University's Legal Advisor. She has been a life-long participant in collegiate athletics. From her early teens she has worked with CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and Raycom Sports as a statistician, spotter, stage manager, and Fox Box operator. She has also worked closely with Clemson University's Athletic Department learning sports information, television, and game operations. Angie went on to complete her bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia, where she continued her work in athletics coordinating insurance for all student-athletes. She earned her Juris Doctor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. While at W&L, Angie served as a special intern to the director of athletics learning about Division III Athletics.
Break: 10:45-11:00 am
Business Session: 11:00 am-noon
Conference Excursions: 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour
Tours only become available during certain windows. We will plan to reserve the 3:00 pm Brewery House tour as soon as it becomes available. The tour has slots for 12 people, but we can take a larger group than that to enjoy the brewery. The first 12 to sign up for this excursion will have dibs on the tour. (If we are able to block the 4:00 pm tour, too, we can add another 12 people.) Learn more here. ($20/per person to assist with transportation costs.)
Contemplative Walk on Furman's Campus
Including a guided meditation at the Chapel labyrinth (weather permitting), a walk around Furman's spring fed lake, and a meditation at Furman's Place of Peace. Learn more about this unique meditation space and Buddhist temple here. (No cost.)
BBQ Culinary Tour of Greenville
Discover Greenville's rich history and enjoy some South Carolina BBQ along the way. Learn more at the Greenville History Tours website. (39+tax/person)
Opportunities on Your Own
- Take a day trip to Asheville, the Biltmore House, or any number of delightful mountain towns (Flat Rock, Saluda, Brevard)
- Enjoy a scenic hike at Caesar's Head State Park, Paris Mountain State Park, and the wonderful list goes on...
- Bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a nationally acclaimed 20 mile city bike trail. Under FAQ's, you will find bike rental information.
Evening Options: 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Furman Campus Concert: Carrie Newcomer w/ special guest, Gary Walters. This free concert will be held on the Furman Campus. Carrie and Gary will sing original songs about faith, life, and love. (Transportation will be provided from Westin Poinsett.)
Patty Griffin Concert at the Peace Center/w Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell. Tickets ($15-$35) available here.
Various restaurants will be listed for sign up! A few downtown favorites include The Lazy Goat, Passarelle, Soby's, Larkins on the River, Pomegranate, Trappe Door, and Lemongrass Thai.)
Wednesday, February 24, 2015
Breakfast Buffet: 7:30 am-8:45 am
Morning Plenary: 9:15 am-10:30 pm
Morning Plenary: Kristen Leslie
Kristen Leslie joined the Eden faculty in fall of 2010 as Professor of Pastoral Care and Theology. Dr. Leslie’s research has focused on intercultural pastoral theology; womanist and feminist pastoral counseling; pastoral theological implications of sexualized violence, particularly on pastoral counseling issues for survivors of acquaintance rape; and ministry in higher education with young adults. She has taught many specialized courses on pastoral care and has led international travel seminars to Bosnia, Croatia, and Australia.
Dr. Leslie has worked with chaplains in the U. S. Military on issues of sexualized and religious violence and religious intolerance. In 2005, Dr. Leslie co-authored the report that brought to light the problem of Christian proselytizing at the Air Force Academy. In 2013, she was awarded a Navy contract to train Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard chaplains on matters related to military sexual assault.
Dr. Leslie is the author of numerous essays, including “Three Decades of Women Writing for their Lives” in Feminist and Womanist Pastoral Theology (Abington 1999), “Sexual Abuse” in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker, 2011), “Spectrum of Pastoral Counseling” in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Psychology (2013), as well as the book, When Violence is No Stronger: Pastoral Counseling with Survivors of Acquaintance Rape (Fortress, 2003). She has prepared and presented journal articles and public lectures on pastoral care, chaplaincy, and spiritual care after rape. She occasionally is called on as a consultant for matters related to clergy misconduct, religious intolerance, and sexualized violence.
An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she serves on the board of Care and Counseling, a St. Louis-based pastoral counseling center and has served on several different governing boards for the denomination.
Break: 10:30-11:00 am
Lunch Address and Conversation: noon-1 pm
Business Session: 1:15-2:00 pm
Workshops Session A: 2:00-3:15 pm
Break: 3:15-3:30 pm
Workshops Session B: 3:30-4:45 pm
Closing Banquet at Westin Poinsett: 7:00-10:00 pm