Thu., June 3, Fri., June 4 and Sat., June 5 2010
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To Nashvillians of a certain age, Lipscomb University is synonymous with staunch religious conservatism. And yet the university’s Christian Scholars’ Conference, now in its 30th year, remains one of the city’s most forward-thinking (and perhaps least appreciated) cultural events — three days of lectures, dialogues, performances and luncheons that address the (to some, irreconcilable) intersection of faith and the life of the mind. Past guests have included Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; this year’s event features former National Endowment for the Arts chair Dana Gioia, art historian James Elkins, lauded pop duo Over the Rhine and playwright/filmmaker John Patrick Shanley, who will lead a discussion after a presentation of his award-winning drama Doubt (see below). Of special note: the annual “Tokens” variety show, presented Friday night in a radio-program format that should delight Prairie Home Companion fans. For a full schedule and registration info, see csc.lipscomb.edu.