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October 9, 2023

The School of Christian Studies and Humanities invites you to the inaugural Lyceum: Forum for Christian Thinkers, Writers, and Scholars.

Location: Woods Great Room | Ornelas Student Center
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Lyceum is an annual forum in which ETBU hosts a Christian thinker, writer, or scholar to present and discuss his or her work in the context of the Christian Humanities. The format may vary, but the consistent practice will be to allow the scholar to present his or her material and then to engage that material in conversation. The conversation could take place through a panel discussion with faculty from the School of Christian Studies and Humanities, formal or informal question-and-answer, or other formats as appropriate to the speaker’s discipline. 

We have two goals:

  1. Offer our community an opportunity to engage excellent faith-based thinking and scholarship.
  2. Expand the audience's understanding of how all Christians are called to incorporate their faith into whatever work they are doing. 

Meet the Speaker

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Tania Runyan
Author & Poet | National Endowment for the Arts Fellow

Tania Runyan is an NEA fellow and author of the poetry collections What Will Soon Take Place, Second Sky, A Thousand Vessels, Simple Weight, and Delicious Air, which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature. Her first book-length creative nonfiction title, Making Peace With Paradise: An Autobiography of a California Girl, was released in 2022. Tania’s instructional guides, How to Read a Poem, How to Write a Poem, and How to Write a Form Poem, are used in classrooms across the country, and her poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry, Image, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Christian Century, and the Paraclete anthology Christian Poetry in America Since 1940. Tania lives with her family in Illinois.

A Message from Tania Runyan
What is Lyceum?

The term Lyceum can refer to a number of educational institutions in different historical and geographical settings. We chose the name Lyceum in the context of Aristotle’s School, founded in Athens in 335 BC. It was a place where curious people met to talk about how to make sense of the world. Aristotle taught philosophy, political sciences, the arts, and other fields. Through the Lyceum event at ETBU, we hope to engage our God-given curiosity about the way the world works to be more intentional Christian thinkers.

Do I have to be an ETBU student, faculty, or staff member to attend the Lyceum event?

No, Lyceum is open to the entire East Texas Community.

Name/Title Division Phone
Dr. Sandy Hoover
Sam B. Hall Professor of History
School of Christian Studies and Humanities 903.923.2086 Send Message View Bio