As the final stragglers hold their commencements, student and faculty thoughts turn to summer. Later this week, the Midwest Faculty Conference begins at Cedar Campus. InterVarsity Faculty Ministry intentionally designed this conference to provide both intellectual engagement — this year’s main speaker is Ken Elzinga, and there will be seminars on Bach, Chesterton, and influencing the campus — as well as plenty of time for relaxation and refreshment. (BTW, the West Coast Faculty Conference begins August 1, and there’s still time to register.)
I’ve seen many friends on Facebook and Twitter preparing their summer reading, getting ready for academic conferences or research trips, or taking a brief break before summer classes begin. And, of course, there are lots of people moving — to new jobs, new schools, new families, etc.