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Kent State University’s Information and Religion Conference Scheduled for May 18 and 19

Posted Apr. 2, 2012
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Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D., associate
dean for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections
and University Archives at Abilene Christian
University, will deliver the keynote address at
Kent State's International Conference on
Information and Religion.

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion at Kent State University will host its second annual International Conference on Information and Religion on Friday,
May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at the Kent Student Center.

More than 25 paper and poster presentations relating to the theme, “Preservation and Access: Facilitating Research in Information and Religion,” are scheduled over the day-and-a-half program. Conference participants also will have the opportunity to network and discuss research collaborations at an hors d’oeuvres reception on Friday evening.

Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D., will deliver the conference keynote address at lunchtime on Saturday. Berryhill is associate dean for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections and University Archives at Abilene Christian University’s (ACU) Margaret and Herman Brown Library.

Before coming to ACU, Berryhill was associate librarian at Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tenn. from 1992-2004, and professor of English at Lubbock Christian University, 1975-1992. She 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.  Berryhill holds a research leave for 2011-2012, during which she will transcribe Alexander Campbell’s notes on lectures given at Glasgow University by George Jardine in 1808-1809.

Registration for the conference is $85 for one day or $135 for both days. Students may attend at a discounted rate of $25 for one day or $50 for both days.

For additional information about the conference and to register, visit www.kent.edu/slis/research/csir/conference-2012.cfm.

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion is a research initiative of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. The center was founded in 2009 with the goal of facilitating research on the various institutions and agents of religion and their effects on social knowledge through the use, dissemination and diffusion of information. The center hosts an annual symposium every fall semester and an annual conference in spring. Some of the best papers from the annual Conference on Information and Religion are published in ASIR: Advances in the Study of Information and Religion, an online, open access publication available through the Kent State Universities Libraries website and catalogued on OhioLINK. For more information about the center, visit www.kent.edu/slis/research/csir/index.cfm.