Lecture Series

2015-16 Lecture Events


William Schniedewind, PhD, Professor of Biblical Studies, UCLA

“A Short History of the Word of God: Old Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament, Early and Modern Church”

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

William Schniedewind is a professor of biblical studies at UCLA, serves as the chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and holds the Kershaw Endowed Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies. He received a BA in religion from George Fox University (1984), an MA in historical geography from Jerusalem University College, and a PhD in Bible and Ancient Near East from Brandeis University (1992). He has been a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University and a research fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Schniedewind received George Fox University’s 2013 Outstanding Alumnus Award. He is the author of five books, including How the Bible Became a Book (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which has been translated into seven languages.

Schniedewind's lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Christian Studies and the George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

Lauren Winner

Lauren Winner, Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality, Duke Divinity School

“Wearing God: Encountering Overlooked Biblical Metaphors for God”

Monday, March 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m. - Video recording available on ITunes U
Bauman Auditorium

Lauren F. Winner is the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath. Her recent memoir, Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis, was named a “Best Book of 2012” in the religion category by Publishers Weekly and was a Christianity Today 2013 Book Award winner in the spirituality category. Her book on overlooked biblical images of God, Wearing God, was published by HarperOne in the spring of 2015. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture and Christianity Today. Winner has degrees from Duke, Columbia and Cambridge universities, and she holds a PhD in history. The former book editor for Beliefnet, Winner teaches at Duke Divinity School and lives in Durham, N.C. She travels extensively to lecture and teach.

Wilfred M. McClay

Wilfred M. McClay, G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University of Oklahoma, and also Director, Center for the History of Liberty, OU

“Why Religious Liberty Matters”

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

Wilfred M. McClay is the G. T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, and the director of the Center for the History of Liberty. His book The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America won the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history. Among his other books are The Student’s Guide to U.S. History, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America, Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past, and Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Public Life in Modern America. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education. He is a graduate of St. John’s College (Annapolis) and received his PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University. (McClay also serves on the Advisory Board of the William Penn Honors Program.)

Professor McClay's lecture is sponsored by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Melissa Lane

Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Princeton University

“The Politics of Unsustainability: Plato on the Logic of Constitutional Change”

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Wood-Mar Hall

Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University, associate chair of the Politics Department, and an associated faculty member in classics and in philosophy. She holds an A.B. summa cum laude in social studies from Harvard University and an M.Phil. and PhD in philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Her books include The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why They Matter (Princeton, 2015); Eco-Republic (Princeton, 2012); Plato’s Progeny (Duckworth, 2001); and Method and Politics in Plato’s Statesman (Cambridge, 1998).

She is a 2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. At Princeton, she is the founding director of the Princeton Program in Values and Public Life, co-chair of the task force on Service and Civic Engagement, and co-convenor of the Climate Futures Initiative. She has contributed to the New York Times and to a number of BBC radio programs.  

Colin Noble

Colin Noble, Chaplain, William Clarke College, Sydney Australia

“Resting for God”

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. (Family Weekend)
Hoover 105

Colin Noble has spent the last three decades living on four continents and working in government, corporate, academic and pastoral settings. After working in international banking in Tokyo for several years at the height of the Japanese economic boom, he pursued theological studies at Regent College. He then taught at the University of Sydney for 14 years before taking up his current position as chaplain to an educational community of 1,700 people, a role he has held since 2005. He has master's degrees in education and theology. Colin lives with his wife and daughter in Sydney, where he takes great delight in running in a rest-filled way in the bushland near his home. His son is a sophomore at George Fox University and a member of the William Penn Honors Program. Colin is the author of Working for God (Westbow Press, 2014). 

Matthew J. Milliner

Matthew J. Milliner, PhD, Assistant Professor of art history at Wheaton College

“Toward 2017: Visualizing Christian Unity”

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. - A video recording is available on iTunes U.
Hoover 105

Matthew Milliner teaches across the range of art history, and his scholarly specialization is Byzantine and medieval art, with a focus on how such images inform contemporary visual culture. Dr. Milliner has a Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University, and an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board of the United States Senate.