Full Schedule


7 p.m. - Nonfiction and Faith

A Conversation between Wesley Hill and John Wilson [SB 1606]

9 p.m. - The Ruralists Concert  [the fruited plain cafe, Sioux center]


9-10:15 a.m. - Session A

Reading and Spiritual Development: Fundamentals of Faith? [SB 1606] Chair: Mary Dengler
Bridges of Mystery, Surprise, and New Eyes: Intertextuality within the Parables
Tara Woodward // Western Theological Seminary

Literary Interpretation as Discipleship
Nathan Gilmour // Emmanuel College

Messages and the Masses [Campus Center Board Room] Chair: Bob DeSmith
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 [SB 1604] Chair: Howard Schaap
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 [Terrace Room] Chair: Luke Hawley
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 [Campus Center Board Room] Chair Bob DeSmith
Panelists: John Bakker, Mark Peters, Aron Reppmann, Melissa Vanden Bout // Trinity Christian College

Race, Criticism, and Creativity: from Politics through the Pew to Poetry [SB 1606] Chair: Mary Dengler
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 // Fresno State

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 [SB 2736] Chair: Ashley Huizinga
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

Comparisons, Names, and Self-Contribtion: Insights on Guitar from Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon
Janelle Cammenga // Dordt College

Community Appearance: William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"
Anna Jordan // Dordt College

“Kill the ‘Basterd’!” Or, Why Christians Like Revenge Flicks [SB 1604] Chair: Josh Matthews
Panelists: Samuel Martin, Michael Kugler, and Randy Jansen // Northwestern College

Poetry and Philosophy as Sacramental Language [SB 2732] Chair: Mark Tazelaar
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 [Campus Center Board Room]  Chair: Donald Roth
Policy writing in a government agency
David Bornus // University of Cincinnati

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 [Campus Center Board Room] Chair: Justin Bailey
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 [SB 1606] Chair: Howard Schaap
Panelists: Josh Mabie and Tiffany Eberie Kriner // UW-Whitewater and Wheaton College

Music, Meaning, and the Market [SB 2732] Chair: Luke Hawley
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: "What do you plan on doing with that?": Careers Paths for Humanities Majors // Panelists: Andrew DeYoung, Anna Kasik, Julie Ooms, Rachel Roberts (Register here.)

7 p.m. - Film, TV, and Faith 

A Conversation between Alissa Wilkinson, Bradford Winters, and Scott Teems [SB 1606]

9 p.m. - Open Mic Night [The fruited plain cafe, sioux center]


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

Following Beauty Where It Leads: Art, Film, Fractals [SB 1606] Chair: Rebekah Earnshaw
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 [SB 1604] Chair: Dave Schelhaas
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 [SB 1603] Chair: Luke Hawley
Panelists: Erica Hughes, Jahn Kuiper, Maria TeKolste//Dordt College English Alumni and Fresno State, Bellevue Christian School, and the Studebaker National Museum

10:30 a.m. – Noon - Fiction and FaitH

A Conversation between Randy Boyagoda and James Calvin Schaap [SB 1606]

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 [SB 1603] 
Andrew De Young // Author, Director of Product Development for Sparkhouse Family

Christine D. Cohen // Author

Becca Van Dam Boer // Author

Devon Van Essen // Northwest Nazarene University

Screening: Berlin Station and a discussion with Bradford Winters [SB 1606] Chair: Howard Schaap

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

From Coast to Coast in the Heartland: A Fiction Reading [SB 1603] Chair: Luke Hawley
Nicole Baart // Author

Paula Treick DeBoard // Author

Samuel Martin // Northwestern College, IA

Screening: Holbrook/Twain and a discussion with Scott Teems [SB 1606] Chair: Josh Matthews

5:30-7 p.m. - Dinner

7:30 p.m. - Derek Webb Concert [55th Ave.]