This month, Dr. Cory Grewell, PHC’s professor of Literature, hosted an East/Southeast regional meeting of the Conference of Christianity and Literature (CCL). The twenty-three paper presentations and the keynote speech touched on the theme of “Images of the Hero: Heroism in Literature.”
Tiffany Yecke Brooks, the keynote speaker, presented on “The Lukan Christ and His Distinction From Hellenistic Heroes.” In it, she examined the representation of the figure of Christ in the Gospel of Luke. Brooks pointed out how the writer takes pain to separate the figure of Jesus from the objects of hero cults in the first century. Dr. Grewell called it an “illuminating and incisive examination.”
Among the undergraduate papers presented by students from Lee University, four PHC alumni also presented: Seth Nowak (class of ’22), Katherine Forster (class of ’22), Marcus Kidder (class of ’22), and Rachel Hankinson (class of ’21). The small size and varied backgrounds of the attendees created a fertile environment for a “high degree of intellectual cross-pollination,” said Grewell. He attributed the seamless flow of the discussion to the ways in which the various papers seemed to converse with each other.