OBU Hosts Conference on Faith and History

More than 200 historians from approximately 70 colleges and universities across the country met at OBU for the Conference on Faith and History, Sept. 20-23.

“Hosting a national conference means much for OBU,” said Dr. Glenn Sanders, OBU professor of history and chair of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. “We're able to demonstrate our institution's good qualities by hosting 250 people on our lovely campus and by providing them a rich, comfortable environment for scholarly study.

“The conference itself enriched OBU’s intellectual life and provides our students and faculty a chance to talk with people from outside our community,” said Sanders, who coordinated the conference.

“The conference forwards OBU's institutional goals while building recognition of the university among our sister schools,” he added.

The primary goal of the CFH is to encourage excellence in the theory and practice of history from the perspective of historic Christianity. Some of the topics featured during the conference were Religion and Civil Rights, Spiritual Considerations in the Secular Classroom, and Interfaith Encounters in Political Context.

Students representing more than 25 colleges and universities will be attending the student conference Sept. 20-21. The professional conference began Thursday evening and conclude with a trip to the new Oklahoma History Center Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23.

OBU student Mary Sanders, a senior from Shawnee, Okla., will present Was Freidan Right? The Feminine Mystique in Newspapers 1958-59 Thursday at 11 a.m. in Geiger Center room 222.