Second Annual International Conference on Information & Religion

Location: Kent State University Kent,

Second Annual International Conference on Information & Religion

Theme: Preservation and Access: Facilitating Research in Information and Religion

Dates: May 18-19, 2012

Keynote: Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D., Special Collections Librarian, Abilene Christian University

Call for Papers and Posters: The deadline to submit papers has been extended to Jan. 31, 2012.

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) will host its Second Annual International Conference on Information and Religion at Kent State University on May 18 and 19, 2012.

Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections, and University Archives at Abilene Christian University’s Margaret and Herman Brown Library. Before coming to ACU, she was Associate Librarian at Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tenn. (1992-2004), and Professor of English at Lubbock Christian University (1975-1992).

Berryhill holds advanced degrees in English, library science and church history. She does research in rhetoric in the Stone-Campbell religious reform movement of the 19th century and its 18th-century Scottish roots. At ACU she directs the university archives and leads the acquisition of print, archival and digital collections related to the Stone-Campbell movement. During 2011-2012, she holds a research leave, during which she will transcribe Alexander Campbell’s notes on lectures given at Glasgow University by George Jardine in 1808-1809.

Berryhill has received Pepperdine University’s Distinguished Christian Service Award for her efforts in preservation of Stone-Campbell history (2011) and has twice received the Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the WISE consortium of library schools for her Theological Librarianship course at the University of Illinois (2007, 2009). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Theological Library Association and serves on the Corporation Board of Restoration Quarterly.

Recent presentations and publications include:

“The Library Professor: Purpose, Praxis, Presence.” Southern California Theological Library Association workshop, May 6, 2011, at Hope International University, Fullerton, Calif.

“’Be With Me, Lord’: Sanderson’s Great Hymn.” In Never Enough Singing: Essays in Honor of Seth Kasten, ed. Melody Layton McMahon. Chicago: ATLA, 2011, 9-14.

“From Facts to Feeling: The Rhetoric of Moral Formation in Alexander Campbell’s Morning Lectures at Bethany College.” In And the Word Became Flesh: Studies in History, Communication, and Scripture in Memory of Michael W. Casey, ed. Thomas H. Olbricht and David Fleer. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2009.

“The Ministry of Scholarship: The Jubilee History of Restoration Quarterly, Part II: Leaders and Scholars,” Restoration Quarterly 50 (2008): 91-106.

"Belief, Union and Mission: The Gospel of John in the Early Stone-Campbell Movement.” In Evangelicalism & the Stone Campbell Movement: Engaging Basic Christian Doctrine, ed. William R. Baker. Abilene, Texas: ACU Press, 2006.

More details about the conference will be posted as they become available