Saturday, March 7, 2015

On the Road: Spring 2015

It felt strange writing "Spring 2015" in the title of this post.  There is nearly a foot of snow outside my window and my back and arm ache from shoveling it off my driveway on Thursday. Nevertheless, Spring does begin in a few weeks and I will be doing some limited speaking.

I have cut down my schedule this Spring due to the fact that I need to complete my American Bible Society manuscript by May 1st. This not only entails writing, but also travel to places such as Upland, Indiana, Crawford, Nebraska, and Cleveland, Tennessee for some very last minute oral history interviews.  I also need to make numerous visits to ABS headquarters in New York City.

Nearly every day is filled up between now and May 1.  I am writing around the clock--breaking only to teach my classes, attend meetings, and fulfill my responsibilities as a department chair.  And yes--a 2015-2016 sabbatical awaits me!  More on the later.

Despite the busyness, I still have some speaking engagements and other events planned for Spring 2015.

Today I am at Messiah College participating in the South Central Pennsylvania regional competition of the National History Day.  We have close to 400 kids on campus and over 100 judges.  

On April 10, 2015, I will be Skyping with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute chapter at the College of Southeastern Baptist Theology Seminary. We will be discussing Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction.

I head to Florence, Alabama on April 24 to deliver the Charles Coil Lectures at Christian Heritage University.  I have never been to Florence or Christian Heritage University, so I am looking forward to learning more about these places.

Later in April--the 30th to be precise--I will be giving a public lecture entitled "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?" at Penn State-Kensington in the Pittsburgh area.  I also may be appearing in studio on a local NPR talk show.

Finally, as the Spring winds down, I will be in Chicago for the annual meeting of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture.  I will be sitting on a panel about historical blogging.  

I hope to see some of you on the road. Thanks, as always, for reading The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  And don't forget to tell your friends what we are doing here!