Life of the Mind

Special Guest Speakers Visiting Campus in 2015-16

A weekly lecture series designed to bring students and community members together as a weekly audience for visiting practitioners to share their journey in a 30- to 45-minute presentation followed by Q&A. The program introduces students and community members to both creative practice and critical thinking surrounding art and design theory. It also gives students the opportunity to ask real questions to practitioners who are working successfully in various fields.

All events are free and open to the public. Information is subject to change.

Matthew J. Milliner, Ph.D

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

Matthew J. Milliner, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Art History,
Wheaton College

Toward 2017: Visualizing Christian Unity

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

Suzanne Moore

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Hoover 105
Lettering Artist and Designer

Suzanne Moore

A Dynamic Collaboration: One Painter’s Perspective on the Illuminations of The Saint John’s Bible

One of only two American artists chosen to create illuminations for The Saint John’s Bible, Suzanne Moore worked on this “Bible for the 21st century” over a span of 10 years, beginning in 2001. Challenged by creative director Donald Jackson to develop images unlike any seen before, Moore worked closely with the committee on Illumination & Text at Saint John’s Abbey and University to develop original illuminations of extraordinary beauty and power.

Moore’s presentation will offer insights into the approach, creative process and techniques she used as a contributor to this modern-day Bible. Moore is a painter, printmaker and lettering artist whose eclectic interests fuse in the diversity of her artists’ books. Her books blend distinctive design, color use and surface treatments with textual content and contemporary lettering to create work that obscures the line between word and image, legibility and abstraction. Moore’s work is exhibited widely, and she teaches in the U.S. and abroad. Her books have been acquired for collections in the U.S. and Europe. Among them are the Pierpont Morgan Library, Princeton University, the University of Washington, Harvard University and The Library of Congress.

Colin Noble

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

Colin Noble
William Clarke College, Sydney, Australia.

Resting for God

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 masters' 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).

Melissa Lane

Monday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Wood-Mar Auditorium

Melissa Lane
Class of 1943 Professor of Politics,
Princeton University

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

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 the Department of Classics and the Department of Philosophy. She holds an AB summa cum laude in social studies from Harvard University and an MPhil 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.

Wilfred M. McClay

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

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

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

Why Religious Liberty Matters

Wilfred M. McClay is the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, in addition to serving as director of the university’s 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.


Sponsored by the Department of Biology and Chemistry

James M. Tour

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Bauman Auditorium

James M. Tour, PhD
T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering,
Rice University

Jesus Christ and Nanotechnology: The Impact of Faith Upon the Life of a Scientist

James M. Tour was named among “The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today” by in 2014; listed in “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters' in 2014; and recipient of the Trotter Prize in “Information, Complexity and Inference” in 2014. He was also named “Scientist of the Year” by R&D Magazine, 2013. After spending 11 years on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina, Tour joined the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University in 1999. His scientific research areas include nanoelectronics, graphene electronics, silicon oxide electronics, carbon nanovectors for medical applications, and green carbon research for enhanced oil recovery and environmentally friendly oil and gas extraction.

Lauren Winner

Monday, March 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Bauman Auditorium
Part of the Liberal Arts and Critical Issues Lecture Series

Lauren Winner
Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality,
Duke Divinity School

Wearing God: Encountering Overlooked Biblical Metaphors for God

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 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.

Art Talk

ART TALK Professional Practices and Networking in Art and Design a collaborative project of George Fox University’s Department of Art and Design and the Chehalem Cultural Center.

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Time: 6-7 p.m. 
Location: Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E Sheridan St, Newberg, OR 97132

Directions to Campus

From I-5:
From the south, take the Donald/Aurora exit (278) north of Salem. Follow the signs to Newberg. When you reach 99W, turn left.
Just past the highway split near the center of town, turn right on Meridian Street. After one block, you will see the campus on the right.

From the north, take the Tigard/Newberg exit (294) shortly after leaving Portland city limits. Stay on 99W until you reach Newberg.
At Meridian Street (just past the highway split near the center of town), turn right. Campus is on the right.

Northbound 99W (coming from McMinnville and Dundee)
From 99W, turn left on Meridian. Follow Meridian Street across southbound 99W (Hancock Street) for one block; campus is on the right.

Driving directions to Newberg campus via Google Maps