I had a great time participating in the 2014 Conference on Faith and History, held this year at Pepperdine University. Pepperdine is literally across the street from the Pacific Ocean, in sunny Malibu, California, which means I spent several days basking in the sun and getting to talk about one of my favorite subjects: history.
I had good company on this trip. In addition to blogosphere friends and colleagues like Pietist Schoolmen Chris Gehrz and Jared Burkholder, recent Schrag Lecturer David Swartz, and others, several historians from Messiah College participated in the conference as well. Jim LaGrand and John Fea are faculty members in the history department; Brooke Strayer and Amanda Mylin are recent alums.
As John Fea reports on his blog:
May 2014 Messiah College History graduate Brooke Strayer presented a paper at the CFH Undergraduate Conference entitled “Tracing the Trajectory of the Brethren in Christ Peace Position in the United States.” It was based on her Messiah College senior honors thesis. . . . She did a great job and represented Messiah’s history department very well.
Another Messiah College history alum, Amanda Mylin (’12), presented a paper at the main CFH conference entitled “Luxury, Vice, and Virtue: The Intersection of Women, Consumerism, and Religion, 1750-1783.” Amanda is finishing her master’s degree in history at Baylor University.
Dr. Jim LaGrand chaired and commented on a session entitled “Dear Colleagues: What Christian Public Historians Want You to Know About Our Field, Our Audiences, and What We Need from You.”
Finally, I [John Fea] participated on a panel at the Undergraduate Conference entitled “Why I Hate (or Love) the History Channel.” At the main conference he joined roundtables devoted to social media and book publishing.
And, as I previously wrote, I participated in a roundtable discussion on “The Role of the Historian in Managing Institutional Change.”
I enjoyed my time at the Conference on Faith and History at this biennial meeting, and look forward to participating again in 2016!