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Primacy of Persons 

2014 Conference 

Thursday June 5




12:00 - 4:50 PM         View new archive of Poteat’s unpublished writings at YDS Library Special

Collections Dept.  

6:00 PM - 10 PM        Informal gathering at Mory's 306 York St






Friday June 6             DAY 1



                         8:15 AM           Yale Divinity School • 409 Prospect St

                                                   Display of Poteat Special Collection


                                                   Acknowledgement of Poteat Archive at YDS Library Special Collections

                                                   Dedication of Moustakas's From the Catastrophe to Rebirth

                                            Orpheus & Eurydice • Haikus to Bill Poteat 



10:00 AM-11:30 AM                Session 1. Introductory Plenary Session (YDS Day Missions Rm)




10:00 AM-11:00 AM         Bruce Lawrence “Who Was William H. Poteat and What Was He About?”


11:00 AM-11:30 AM         Discussion


                      11:40 AM         Bus ride from YDS to Morse College Dining Hall (304 York St)

                      11:50 AM         Lunch • Morse College Dining Hall




   12:45 PM-3:05 PM                Session 2. Poteat’s Career-Long Primary Preoccupation

     (WL Harkness Hall • Rm 117) 




   12:45 PM-1:25 PM         R. Melvin Kaiser “What Was Poteat Up To From the Beginning, and What are We

                                                                                       to do About it?”

      1:25 PM-2:05 PM         James W. Stines “The Early and Later Poteat and the Problematic of Christianity.”

      2:05 PM-2:45 PM         David Nikkel “Curing Dualistic, Disembodied Patterns of Thinking in the Academy.”


      2:45 PM-3:05 PM         Discussion


                       3:05 PM         Break • Snack




      3:20 PM-6:00 PM               Session 3. The Poteat-Polanyi Connection (WL Harkness Hall • Rm 117)



      3:20 PM-3:55 PM          David Rutledge “Who Was Polanyi and What Was He About?”

      3:55 PM-4:30 PM          Gus Breytspraak “The Poteat-Polanyi Connection: A History.”

      4:30 PM-5:05 PM          Walter Mead "Poteat's Contribution to Polanyi's Thinking: A Radically Dynamic



      5:05 PM-5:40 PM          David Rutledge “Fertile Ground and Point of Departure: Poteat's Use of Polanyi.”


      5:40 PM-6:00 PM           Discussion


                         6:00 PM        Dinner • Morse College Dining Hall (304 York St)




      7:00 PM-9:00 PM               Session 4. Remembering William H. Poteat (WL Harkness Hall • Rm 117)




      7:00 PM-7:45 PM          Rev. Sam Mann “The Reflections of a White Ghetto Preacher on the Influence of

             the Thought/Spirit of W.H. Poteat on Preaching and The Civil Rights Movement.”


             7:45 PM-until-         Sharing of Memories • During which all who knew Bill are encouraged to

             celebrate Poteat and his legacy through a sharing of memories.









Saturday June 7        DAY 2





                         8:00 AM         Breakfast Buffet (Morse College Dining Hall)




    9:00 AM-10:30 AM               Session 5. Poteat’s Reading of/Interpretation of/Reliance on Modernity’s

                                                                                 Critics (WL Harkness Hall • Rm 117)




      9:00 AM-9:45 AM         Diane M. Yeager “Poteat and the Space of Appearances"

                                                                                           Reading, Interpretation, and Reliance on Key Critics

                                                                                           of Modern Culture


    9:45 AM-10:30 AM        Q&A Discussion • All who worked with Poteat and / or Key critics are welcome

                                                                                        to complement Diane Yeager's presentation


                      10:30 AM         Break




 10:45 AM-12:15 PM                Session 6. What Is It to Be Post-Critical? (WL Harkness Hall • Rm 117)




 10:45 AM-11:30 AM         Dale Cannon “What Is It to Be Post-Critical?”


 11:30 AM-12:15 PM         Q&A Discussion


                       12:15 PM        Lunch • Morse College Dining Hall




                                                         Concurrent Afternoon Sessions (WL Harkness Hall • Rms 117 & 112)


     1:30 PM-3:30 PM               Session 7A. Implications of Post-Critical Thought Opened Up by Poteat

                                                                                  (Rm 117)




      1:30 PM-2:20 PM         Kieran Cashell “Cézanne’s Belief: Poteat’s Contribution to Aesthetics.”

      2:20 PM-3:10 PM         Murray Jardine “Political Implications of Poteat’s Philosophy.”


      3:10 PM-3:30 PM         Q&A Discussion




   Session 7B: Implications of Postcritical Thought Opened Up by Poteat 

                            (Rm 112)




      1:30 PM-2:20 PM         Allen Dyer “Madness as Metaphor: Therapeutic Implications of Post-Critical


      2:20 PM-3:10 PM         Bob Hyatt “Poteat and Psychoanalysis.”


      3:10 PM-3:30 PM         Q&A Discussion


                         3:30 PM         Break • Snack




                                                         Concurrent Afternoon Sessions (WL Harkness Hall Rms 117 & 112)



      3:45 PM-5:45 PM               Session 8A: Implications of Postcritical Thought Opened up by Poteat

                           (Rm 117)




        3:45PM-4:35PM         Sam Watson “The Mindings Collage: Encouraging Students to Recognize and 

                            Honor the Workings of Their Own Minds.”

        4:35PM-5:25PM         James Clement Van Pelt “Mindbody at the Gateless Gate: Poteat’s Rediscovery

                                                      of the Experiential Singularity.”


        5:25PM-5:45PM         Q&A Discussion




    Session 8B. Implications of Postcritical Thought Opened up by Poteat

                             (Rm 112)




      3:45 PM-4:35 PM         Ellen Bernal “Bioethics: Poteat and Polanyi.”

      4:35 PM-5:25 PM         Richard Prust “If the Personal is Tacit, How Can we Identify a Person?"


      5:25 PM-5:45 PM         Q&A Discussion


                         5:45 PM         Dinner Buffet • Morse College Dining Hall





      7:00 PM-9:00 PM              Session 9.  Poteat’s Teaching (WL Harkness Hall Rm 112)




      7:00 PM-8:00 PM         Ed St. Clair, Bruce Haddox and Elizabeth Newman

 “A Panel Discussion of Poteat’s Graduate Seminar Teaching.”


      8:00 PM-9:00 PM         Q&A Discussion 


During this time those who studied with Bill are encouraged to complement the panelists' remarks with reflections upon Poteat's teaching (including Divinity School and Undergraduate Teaching).











Sunday June 8          DAY 3




                         8:30 AM        Continental Breakfast • WL Harkness Hall • Rm 117




    9:00 AM-11:00 AM             Session 10. Poteat’s Professional Achievements and Place in the Academy


      9:00 AM-9:50 AM         Elizabeth Newman “Poteat as Theologian.”

    9:50 AM-10:40 AM        Ron Hall “Dethroning Epistemology.”


 10:40 AM-11:00 AM        Q&A Discussion


                      11:00 AM         Break • Stroll to 100 Tower Parkway for Session 11 and Full Brunch


                      11:15 AM         Brunch • Final Session occurs during Brunch at 100 Tower Parkway


 1:15 AM - 12:30 PM              Session 11. Loose Ends: Where to from Here?

(100 Tower Parkway Activity Rm)



                Open Discussion (no formal presentations)




                      12:30 PM                                        End of Conference 

Moustakas, in his work and in his person, bore witness before me to a wholeness of being at once alien and familiar: alien as an other to my intellect; familiar as an exigent need of my total being.

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