Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

2019 Performance Criticism Conference

Paul Preaching

Paul preaching in the Areopagus, 1729-31, Sir James Thornhill, based on drawing by Rafael

Word Became Flesh:

The Question of Performance as Method in Biblical Studies

Date and Time: 

October 4, 2019, 8:30am-5pm 

Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Science (IES) 123-124


While registration is free, we ask that you fill out this form to help us gain an accurate head count for seating arrangements and coffee breaks. 

Schedule of Events:

8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.  ••• Coffee and Pastries

8:50 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  ••• Introductory Remarks

Chris Skinner, Graduate Programs Director, Loyola University Chicago

Zach Eberhart, Conference Co-Organizer, Loyola University Chicago

9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. ••• SESSION I


Kim Berkey (Loyola University Chicago)


Megan Wines (Loyola University Chicago)

“Outside the Box: Pushing the Boundaries of “Biblical” Performance Criticism”

Daniel Smith (St. Louis University)

“Remembered or Received? Paul’s Presentation of the Israelite Wilderness Generation in 1 Cor 10:1–22”

Bill Shiell (Northern Seminary)

“Tychicus will Tell You Everything”: Improvisation in Early Christian Performances


Devorah Schoenfeld (Loyola University Chicago)

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  ••• Lunch

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.    •••  SESSION II


Jon Hatter (Loyola University Chicago)


Zach Eberhart (Loyola University Chicago)

“From Script to Scripture: Characterization in Sophocles, Shakespeare, and the Gospel of Mark”

Kathy Maxwell (Palm Beach Atlantic University)

“Embodying Subjective Ambiguity?: Contributions of Performance Criticism”

Kelly Iverson (Baylor University)

“Performance, Ambiguity, and Audience Reception”


Olivia Stewart Lester (Loyola University Chicago)

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  ••• Coffee Break

3:00 p.m.-4:50 p.m.  •••  SESSION III


Scott Brevard (Loyola University Chicago)


Eric Zito (Loyola University Chicago)

“Fulfilled Expectations: A Media-Critical Examination of Pentecost”

Nick Elder (University of Dubuque Theological Seminary)

“Tolle Lege (in Silentio): Vocalized Reading and Other Media Myths in Early Christianity”

Danny Yencich (University of Denver)

“If the Gospels are ‘Oral-Derived’: Scribal Performance, Scribal Tradition, and the Synoptics.”


Edmondo Lupieri (Loyola University Chicago)

4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ••• Closing Remarks

Megan Wines, Conference Co-Organizer, Loyola University Chicago


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Feel free to reach out to either

Megan Wines at mwines@luc.edu or

Zach Eberhart at zeberhart@luc.edu 


Sponsored by the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology, the Loyola Theology Department, the Theology Graduate Student Caucus, and Northern Seminary