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The 2014 Collegium Conference will be held Wednesday, November 19 to Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Mission San Luis Rey Retreat and Renewal Center, five miles inland from Oceanside, California. The Center is a 45 minute drive from the San Diego airport.

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2014 Distinguished Scholar

The Distinguished Scholar for our 2014 Collegium conference will be Dr. Anthony B. Pinn
Author, Professor, Theologian, Humanist
Anthony_Pinn_5Dr. Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has an MDiv, MA and PhD from Harvard University.
“Known internationally as a leading expert in the field of African American religion, Pinn is a professor, prolific author and much sought after lecturer committed to academic rigor and the continued growth of African American Religious Studies as a discipline within the academy.  Pinn’s continued teaching and research interests span liberation theologies, black religious aesthetics, religion and popular culture, and African American humanism…. He has written 28 monographs and edited volumes.”  www.anthonypinn.com
He is director of research at  The Institute for Humanist Studies. He works to foster greater connections and collaborations between Rice University and the larger Houston community through the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University. He also served as the first executive director of Society for the Study of Black Religion and served as a member of Board of Directors/Executive Committee of the American Academy of Religion.


Dr. Pinn’s topics will be “Death and Taxes, Part One: Humanism and the Limits of Charity” and “Death and Taxes, Part Two: Humanism, Death, and Cultural Production”
He writes:
By death and taxes I mean to point out two anecdotal certainties of life – human mortality and human need. More to the point, the “all I have to do is pay taxes and die” statement highlights an awkward recognition of two examples of human uncertainty, or human frailty. In some of my recent work, I’ve turned attention to an exploration of these two episodes of uncertainty. I bring my recent exploration to the Collegium by addressing the nature and meaning of this human uncertainty/frailty framed in terms of death and charity (as a response to human need). My goal is to explore how humanism might respond to these markers of human frailty, and in this way I want to give greater attention to the human in humanism. The first presentation uses Albert Camus and other thinkers to wrestle with the ultimate utility of charity. The second presentation extends my _The End of God-Talk_ by exploring death (in both existential and ontological terms) through Camus and hip hop culture. To get my conclusions, you’ll need to attend the sessions!


Oceanside is 38 miles north of downtown San Diego (which is less than 10 minutes from the airport).   Driving time (except rush hour) is about 45 minutes. By train the trip takes between 0:51 and 1:02, varying between express and local trains, and costs $5.50 one way. The complete train schedule is at: http://www.sandag.org/uploads/projectid/projectid_420_15497.pdf.   For train schedule updates look at: http://www.octa.net/lossan/LOSSAN-rail-corridor-agency.   Both “Coaster” commuter trains and Amtrak’s “Surfliner” make stops at Oceanside.

It’s a quick local bus ride (less than $2) from the San Diego airport to the downtown “Santa Fe” train station, and thence by train to Oceanside. I expect that we’ll have a car to shuttle folks from the Oceanside train station our Collegium site, Mission San Luis Rey, about five miles up the hill. If anyone has individual reasons for wanting to fly into the Los Angeles area (LAX or SNA) rather than San Diego, the same train system will take you southbound to Oceanside — a somewhat longer and costlier trip.

For those going to AAR, the convention center is less than a mile from the train station and easily accessible by local trolley.