Description and Guidelines for Regional Collaboration and Conferences
Regional Collaboration and Conferences Grants represent a flexible category of programs that encourage examination of topics of special significance to faculty, administrators, and students at a particular institution or group of institutions, or matters of special intellectual concern to faculty and others in Christian higher education. The focus, character, and constituency of the conference, collaboration, or workshop may vary to suit the needs of the applicant, within the general guidelines listed above. Previous successful conferences, collaborations, and workshops have focused on issues facing schools in a particular region, topics of current debate among faculty at a particular school, student life issues, graduate student matters, various theological or denominational traditions in higher education, an array of topics in liberal and professional education, and issues of civic and public concern to the Christian intellectual community.
Funding is available for up to two Regional Collaborations or Conferences taking place in the 2016-2017 academic year at $12,500 each. It is expected that in many cases the host institution or group of institutions may also contribute to funding the conference. Institutions that have already received a grant in this category will not be eligible in the same category again for three years after the original grant was awarded. Although Regional Conferences or Workshops represent a flexible category of programs, priority is given to applications for programs that connect representatives from campuses within a particular geographical region.
Application deadline: September 15, 2017 for a program planned for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Learn more about past Regional Collaborations and Conferences here.
Upcoming Regional Conferences and Collaborations
Watch for upcoming announcements about the following Regional Conferences and Collaborations:
“Matter and Spirit: A Seminar on Contemporary Chinese Art and Society,” directed by Joel Carpenter, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, Summer, 2018. This project will convene 10 North American and 10 Chinese artists in a two-week seminar and studio event to take place in Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai. Participants will engage the realities of contemporary urban China, the Chinese visual arts scene, and each other. They will see how some prominent Chinese contemporary artists have created art in response to these conditions, how Chinese Christians see both “matter and spirit” interacting, and how the struggle for integrity in China might inspire and reshape their own life work.
“Reason and Faith on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation,” directed by Terrence James Kleven and Mark J. Thomas, Central College, Pella, Iowa. Date: October 13-14, 2017. This conference brings together five keynote speakers from a variety of Christian denominations, both Protestant and Roman Catholic, in order to discuss the relation of reason and faith as it is understood in both the Academy and Church over the past five hundred years. The conference seeks to make an inquiry into the reaffirmations and reconsiderations of the nature of faith and reason and their relations to each other as they have influenced the Academy and the Church. There will be a call-for-papers for scholars interested in contributing to the conference.