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The 2017 ATLA Annual Conference will meet in Atlanta, GA, June 14-17

Dates & Time: 
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 - 08:30 am

In 2017 the American Theological Library Association will gather in Atlanta, the center of the American Civil Rights Movement and home of many institutions that commemorate that struggle. The literature, music, and religions of the South have exerted influence far beyond the Mason-Dixon Line and the Mississippi River, and at this conference librarians will come from across North America and beyond to visit Atlanta and its institutions and think together about the roads behind and those ahead and how ATLA can realize its core values of creativity, innovation, and transformation.

The conference theme is taken from Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, an enormously influential shape note tune book, compiled by William Walker and first published in 1835.[1]  “Harmony” is offered to the Association as a capacious frame for thinking about how theological librarians can draw on technologies as well as human capacities and community to connect students and other patrons to ideas about history, literature, music, and theology. “Southern,” of course, helps focus on the specificity of sectional issues relating to harmony and dissension: race relations, the civil rights movement, the many southern-rooted religious traditions, and sacred music traditions.
 
Location: 
Atlanta, Ga.

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