Sixth Annual Conference
October 12-15, 2005
"Christianity, America and the Problem of Empire"

Held in conjunction with the MSU American Studies Fall Conference
"America and the Problem of Empire"

The Conference will be held at the Kellogg Center Auditorium,
Michigan State University, South Harrison Road, East Lansing, Michigan.

 

The 2005 key note presenter for the ISCC will be Dr. Max Stackhouse.
Max L. Stackhouse, Princeton Seminary's Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, is director of the Seminary's Kuyper Center for Public Theology.

Also presenting will be Dr. Richard Gamble.
Dr. Gamble is Associate Professor of History at Palm Beach Atlantic University and the author of “The War for Righteousness.”

The 2005 Speaker for American Studies will be Dr. Michael Denning.
Michael Denning is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American Studies. He is the author of Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working Class Culture in America (1987); Cover Stories: Narrative and Ideology in the British Spy Thriller (1987); The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century (1997); and Culture in the Age of Three Worlds (2004). He has taught graduate courses on cultural theory, social movements, and twentieth-century cultural history, and is currently leading a working group on globalization and culture.

Also Dr. Melani McAlister.
Associate Professor of American Studies and International Affairs at George Washington University, Dr. McAlister is the author of Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and US Interests in the Middle East since 1945 (rev. ed. 2005);
"Black Islam and African American Cultural Politics” in Faith in the Market: Religion, Urban Identities, and Consumer Culture, John Giggie and Diane Winston, eds.; and "Prophecy and Politics: Left Behind and Christian Evangelicalism's New World Order" in Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture, Rebecca Stein, ed. She is currently working on a study of the global visions of American evangelicals.

And Prof. Joel Bakan.
Writer and director Joel Bakan will be speaking and answering moderated questions on his recent film, "THE CORPORATION."

Our thanks to David Stowe, Director of American Studies at Michigan State University, for his assistance in coordinating the MSU American Studies Conference with the ISCC Conference.

 

The entire conference schedule is listed below. The sessions are open to the public. The Registration Fee ($35; $25 for students) covers a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday Evening, lunch on Saturday, and a conference packet with speaker abstracts.


MSU American Studies Conference
"America and the Problem of Empire"

Wednesday, October 12

7:00 p.m.

Wells Hall

Screening of the film THE CORPORATION


Thursday, October 13

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Lincoln Room

Keynote by Dr. Michael Denning, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American Studies, Yale University

"Representing Global Labor in the Age of Imperialism:" an exploration of the ways in which the imagination of a global labor force takes shape in the era of imperialism.

 


Friday, October 14

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Auditorium

Panel response to Dr. Michael Denning

Lisa Fine - Panelist, Department of History, Michigan State University
Jyotsna Singh - Panelist, Department of English, Michigan State University

Lunch
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Q & A with Joel Bakan, writer/director of THE CORPORATION and Professor, the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
(E-mail American Studies at amstudys@msu.edu if you plan to attend.)

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Auditorium

Dr. Melani McAlister, Associate Professor of American Studies and International Affairs, George Washington University

"Are Christians Persecuted? The Global Visions of American Evangelicals"


ISCC Conference
"Christianity, America and the Problem of Empire"

Friday, October 14 (Cont'd)

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Auditorium

Dr. Max Stackhouse, Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, Princeton Seminary

"Christianity and the Globalization of a Faith-Based Ethics" will assess the major modes of moral discourse on the topic, outline the major alternative perspectives, and indicate what Professor Stackhouse considers the most faithful and compelling perspective on a global ethic might be.

Following Dr. Stackhouse's lecture

Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by the Institute for the Study of Christianity and Culture


Saturday, October 15

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Auditorium

Panel response to Max Stackhouse

James K. A. Smith - Moderator/panelist, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College
Melani McAlister - Panelist, Associate Professor of American Studies and International Affairs, George Washington University

John Tiemstra - Panelist, Professor of Economics, Calvin College

12:30 -2:00 p.m.

Lunch

2:00 -3:30 p.m.

Auditorium

"War for Righteousness" lecture given by Richard Gamble, Associate Professor of History, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Panel response moderated by Sam Thomas, Professor of History, Michigan State University

Hal Bush - Panelist, Associate Professor of English, Saint Louis University
Malcolm Magee - Panelist, Director, Institute for the Study of Christianity and Culture