Full Schedule


7 p.m. - Nonfiction and Faith

A Conversation between Wesley Hill and John Wilson

9 p.m. - The Ruralists Concert


9-10:15 a.m. - Session A

Reading and Spiritual Development: Fundamentals of Faith? 
Bridges of Mystery, Surprise, and New Eyes: Intertextuality within the Parables
Tara Woodward
Western Theological Seminary

The Gift of Ears: What the Pentecostal Converts Can Teach Today's Christian Readers
Frank Ewert
Trinity Western

Literary Interpretation as Discipleship
Nathan Gilmour
Emmanuel College

Messages and the Masses 
Love Thy Reader: Reconsidering the Role of Entertainment in Fiction Writing
Andrew De Young
Author, Director of Product Development for Sparkhouse Family

Dissecting Zombies: The Undead as Cultural Metaphor and Theological Exploration
Terry Seufferlein
York College

Faith and Doubt in Contemporary YA Literature
Devon Van Essen
Northwest Nazarene University

Tracing the Divine: A Poetry Reading 
What I do is me”: Poetry and the Problem of Self-Love
Aaron Brown
Sterling College

Jeffrey Galbraith
Wheaton College

The Divine Pilgrimage
Joshua S. Fullman
Faulkner University 

10:30-Noon - Session B

Learning from the Masters: Malick, McCarthy, and Lewis 
Where the Good Guys Are: Cognitive Mapping in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
Beth Boyens
Augustana University

Terrence Malick's Angelic Vision
James Foster
University of Sioux Falls

Ornithology for (and with) the birds: Theorizing art practice together from multiple disciplines
Panelists: John Bakker, Mark Peters, Aron Reppmann, Melissa Vanden Bout
Trinity Christian College

Race, Criticism, and Creativity: from Politics through the Pew to Poetry 
Richard Spencer and the Challenge of Christian Culture
Daniel Den Boer
Northwestern College

The New Black Church: A Call to Action for The Saved Intellectuals of The New Millennium
Khaleelah I.L. Harris
Bethune-Cookman University

A Poetry Reading
Erica Hughes 

Noon-1:30 p.m. - Lunch
Live Recording: The Christian Humanist Podcast (Limited Seating. Register here.)
Lunch with John Wilson (Limited Seating. Register here.)

1:30-2:45 p.m. - Session C

Humanizing the Humanities
Savior of Humanity: An Indication of Christlikeness?
Bethany Jenkins
Sterling College

Do the Humanities Humanize: Applying an Aristotelian approach to Lord of the Flies
Kaitlyn Little
Sterling College

Janelle Cammenga
Dordt College

Anna Jordan
Dordt College

“Kill the ‘Basterd’!” Or, Why Christians Like Revenge Flicks 
Panelists: Samuel Martin, Michael Kugler, and Randy Jansen
Northwestern College

Poetry and Philosophy as Sacramental Language 
To Banquet on Thy Countenance': Sacramental Remembering as a Lens for Examining Emily Dickinson's Consumptive Poetry
Rachel Lee Rim
Wheaton College

Singing Caedmon's Hymn on the Stage of Sacred History
David Grubbs
Houston Baptist

Martin Heidegger and the Iconography of Absence
Michial Farmer
Crown College

That Other Culture Making: How Language Use Shapes Us in Society and the Church
Policy writing in a government agency
David Bornus

Writing about science for the Church: moving from conflict to thoughtfulness and from fear to gratitude
Clayton Carlson
Trinity Christian College

Occupational Hazard
Amy Harms
Asuza Pacific 

3-4:15 p.m. - Session D

Theological Links: Language, Lutherans, and Lewis 
Christian Critics: Naming the Right Something for the Right Reasons
W. Brett Wiley
Mount Vernon Nazarene University

The Arts and Tradtional Lutheranism: A Protestant Outlier Tradition
J. Henry Allen
Union University

A Rift between Fairyland, Heaven and Earth
Mark Watney
Sterling College

This Land Was Made for You and Me: Panel and Poetry Reading 
Panelists: Josh Mabie and Tiffany Eberie Kriner
UW-Whitewater and Wheaton College

Music, Meaning, and the Market 
The Search for Everything: John Mayer, Kendrick Lamar, and the Ways We Find Meaning in Popular Music
Brett Callan
Sterling College

You Don’t Own Me, Do you?:  The Struggle of Christian Musicians to Nativigate Christian Identity Politics
Scott Culpepper
Dordt College

U2 and the Art of Being Human
Mark Peters
Trinity Christian College

5:30-7 p.m. - Dinner
Optional: Panel discussion on "Careers in the Humanities" with Dordt alums and students (Register here.)

7 p.m. - Film, TV, and Faith 

A Conversation between Alissa Wilkinson, Bradford Winters, and Scott Teems

9 p.m. - Open Mic Night


9-10:15 a.m. - Session E

Following Beauty Where It Leads: Art, Film, Fractals 
The Sixth Century Christ Pantocrator from St. Catherine’s Monastery Mount Sinai: a cross-examination of prevalent interpretations of the portrait
Haelim Allen
Union University

Fractals, the Trinity, and Music
Joshua Veltman
Union University

A Lifetime of Filming Human Stories about Late Life Time
Jim Vanden Bosch
Terra Nova Films

Creators on Creating: Poets and iPhone Practice 
Beauty, Prayer, and the Sticky Image: My iPhone Practice
Randy VanderMey
Westmont College

How God Enters My Poems
Dave Schelhaas
Dordt College

Poetry and the Problem of Self-Love
Aaron Brown
Sterling College

Three Mediums and “The Other”: Poetry, Fiction, and the Museum 
Panelists: Erica Hughes, Jahn Kuiper, Maria TeKolste
Dordt College English Alumni 

10:30 a.m. – Noon - Fiction and FaitH

A Conversation between Randy Boyagoda and James Calvin Schaap

Noon-1:30 p.m. - Lunch
Optional: Lunch with Alissa Wilkinson (Limited Seating. Register here.)
Lunch with Randy Boyagoda (Limited Seating. Register here.)

1:30-2:45 p.m. - Session F

The Supernatural, the Magical, the Mystical: Readings in Science Fiction, Magic Realism, and YA Fiction 
Andrew De Young
Author, Director of Product Development for Sparkhouse Family

Christine D. Cohen

Becca Van Dam Boer

Devon Van Essen
Northwest Nazarene University

Screening: Berlin Station and a discussion with Bradford Winters

3-4:45 p.m. - Session G

From Coast to Coast in the Heartland: A Fiction Reading 
Nicole Baart

Paula Treick DeBoard

Samuel Martin
Northwestern College, IA

Screening: Holbrook/Twain and a discussion with Scott Teems  

5:30-7 p.m. - Dinner

7:30 p.m. - Derek Webb Concert