Lecture Series

2014-15 Lecture Events

Jane Calvert

Mark A. Noll

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
7:30 p.m., Wood-Mar Auditorium
Presentation: "The Challenges for Christian Learning: Looking Back, Looking Ahead"

Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and is an author of numerous works, including The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind and The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in 2006, received the National Endowment for the Humanities medal at a White House ceremony. He serves on the Advisory Board of the William Penn Honors Program.

Jane Calvert

Michael Ward

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
7:30 p.m., Bauman Auditorium
Presentation: "The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God: C.S. Lewis, Narnia and the Planets"

Ward is the author of Planet Narnia and a leading expert on the works of C.S. Lewis, is senior research fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, and professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University. As an Anglican clergyman, he served as chaplain of St Peter's College in the University of Oxford from 2009 to 2012 and as chaplain of Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge from 2004 to 2007. 

2013-14 Lecture Events


Makoto Fujimura

“A Conversation with Mokoto Fujimura on Faith, Art and Culture”

April 12, 2014

Makoto Fujimura is an artist, writer and speaker recognized worldwide as a “cultural shaper.” A presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003 to 2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. Fujimura’s work is exhibited at galleries around the world. He is a popular speaker for numerous conferences, universities and museums.

Robert George

Robert P. George, Princeton University

“Religious Liberty and the Rights of Conscience”

Feb. 6, 2014 - Video recording available on ITunes U

George is Princeton's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Additionally, he is chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

George is the author or editor of numerous books in the fields of constitutional law, ethics and legal and political philosophy. Among his book titles are Conscience and its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism, What is Marriage?: Man and Women: A Defense, and Embryo: A Defense of Human Life. (Serves on the Advisory Board of the William Penn Honors Program.)

Jeremy Begbie

Jeremy Begbie, University of Cambridge/Duke Divinity School

"Re-tuned by God: The Future of Worship"

Nov. 18, 2013

Begbie is a professionally trained musician and theologian who has taught in the United Kingdom and North America and delivered multimedia performance lectures across the world. He is the inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship in Theology at Duke Divinity School and founding director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, teaches systematic theology and specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interest is the interplay between music and theology.

In addition to his role at Duke Divinity School, Begbie is also senior member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. Previously, he has been associate principal at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and honorary professor at the University of St Andrews.

Robert George

E.Christian Kopff, University of Colorado, Boulder

“The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition”

October 18, 2013 - Video recording available on ITunes U

Dr. Kopff has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, since 1973. For about five of the last 30 years he has lived in Rome, Italy, teaching and studying. He is editor of a critical edition of the Greek text of Euripides' Bacchae and author of more than 100 articles and reviews on scholarly, pedagogical and popular topics. He currently works with the Classics Department of the University of Urbino, Italy, on ancient Greek lyric poetry. Kopff makes the argument that freedom and creativity in the modern world depends on a continuing contact with the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean, Greek, Roman and Hebrew.

Robert George

Jane Calvert, University of Kentucky

“Quakerism, John Dickinson, and the Creation of America’s Two Constitutions”

September 17, 2013 - Video recording available on ITunes U
Robert George

Marvin Olasky, editor of World Magazine

“Renewing the Christian Liberal Arts”

Sept. 13, 2013 - Video recording available on ITunes U

Olasky is editor-in-chief of World magazine and the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College. He is the author of 22 books, including Compassionate Conservatism, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue and The Tragedy of American Compassion. He’s also written 3,000 articles for publications including World, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. American.com describes him as "one of the country's foremost evangelical thinkers and writers." Previously, Olasky was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin for two decades and provost of The King’s College, New York City, from 2007 to 2011. Olasky earned an AB from Yale University in 1971 and a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan in 1976.

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