Plenary Sessions



Thursday, Jun 20, 201309:00AM - 10:00AMPlenary Session
Peter Ochs, Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia
Peter Ochs is the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. His research addresses the relation of contemporary Jewish thought to the classical biblical and rabbinic sources; relations among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions of scriptural interpretation; and relations among contemporary religious, philosophic, and scientific reasoning. He is the author of numerous works, including Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews (2011), The Free Church and Israel's Covenant (2010) and Crisis, Call and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions (2009). Ochs is founding editor of the Journal of Scriptural Reasoning.
Location: Grand AB
Friday, Jun 21, 201309:00AM - 10:00AMPlenary Session
William H. Willimon, the North Alabama Conference
William H. Willimon is the former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University and a retired bishop in the United Methodist Church, most recently serving in the North Alabama Conference.  He is considered by many as one of America's best-known and most influential preachers.  He has written more than 50 books, including Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the 7 Deadly Sins (2013), A Will to Lead and the Grace to Follow (2011), and Why Jesus? (2010).   He is Editor-At-Large of The Christian Century.
Location: Grand AB
Saturday, Jun 22, 201312:30PM - 02:30PMAll Conference Luncheon and Plenary Session
Joan Frye Williams, library consultant
Joan Frye Williams is a library consultant and futurist who specializes in library strategies, technologies, innovative practices, and the future of community-focused library services.  Her clients include libraries of all types and sizes, library consortia, state library agencies, professional associations, and elected bodies such as city councils and boards of supervisors.  She has contributed to Library Journal, American Libraries, and Library Technology Reports.  Recent areas of focus include libraries in a post-print world, future-proofing your library, and top tech trends for the non-technical.
Location: Grand AB