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The Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute at King University will be hosting the second annual
BuechnerFest at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, N.C., May 30 through June
2, 2013. BuechnerFest will feature three days of enjoying and discussing the work
and career of the award-winning writer and Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Buechner and his work in a beautiful
setting and with a group of like-minded folks,” said Dale Brown, director of the Buechner
Institute and chair of the English department at King University. “We are really
excited about the possibilities of this event and grateful for the remarkable guests
who will be involved.”
The symposium offers something for both long-time readers of Buechner and people who
may have never read Buechner but are interested in conversations that center on contemporary
issues related to faith and culture.
The daily schedule of BuechnerFest will feature presentations, discussions, and opportunities
for enjoying the local fare. “We have put together a kind of thoughtful vacation
for those who would enjoy reading, talking, and celebrating a few days of challenge
and relaxation,” said Brown.
Time will be devoted to an overview of Buechner’s major works including everything
from “Godric,” and “Sacred Journey,” to some overlooked texts such as “The Final Beast.”
The conference will be led by the Buechner Institute’s National Advisory Board and
other friends of Fred. The conference will kick off at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 30
with Marilyn McEntyre, poet and professor of English at U.C. Berkeley. A fellow of
Westmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts, McEntyre has received several awards
for outstanding teaching. Marilyn is a member of the Buechner Institute National
Other leading presenters will include several members of the Buechner Institute National
Advisory Board including Dale Brown, Joel Cunningham, Tom Gulotta, Jennifer Holberg,
Thomas G. Long, and Jeff Monroe. Also presenting is Anthony S. Abbott.
For registration information and event itinerary for BuechnerFest, visit http://buechnerfest.king.edu or visit http://www.montreat.org/current/2nd-annual-buechnerfest. For additional information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156.
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in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors and pre-professional
degrees and concentration in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health
sciences, pharmacy, digital media, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are
offered in business administration, education, and nursing. For more information visit
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