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Windows on the World

Windows on the World is intended to stimulate personal involvement in and knowledge of some of the crucial and controversial issues facing Christians today. Through these forums, the campus community is exposed to Christian thinkers and activists who model our motto of “the whole gospel for the whole world.”

Presentations are Fridays, 10 a.m. in McInnis Auditorium (St. Davids campus) unless otherwise indicated.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and open to the public.
Click here to download PDF of the schedule

Spring 2014

* After this presentation, the Provost’s Office will host a luncheon in Baird Library to extend the conversation over a meal. These informal Windows luncheons are held from 11:30 until 1 or so in Baird Library in Walton Hall (2nd floor). Participants go through the Dining Commons line and bring their lunches back to Baird Library. Any guests who do not have a meal plan just give their names to the Sodexo cashier outside the Dining Commons (mentioning the Windows Luncheon).

January 17*: MLK Commemoration- Dr. Howard Stevenson, EU Alum ‘80. Professor and former chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. What if My Trayvon Came Home? ‘The StalkingTalk’ as Civil Disobedience in an Age of Racial Illiteracy. Despite the election of a two-term Black President, racial conflict and discrimination have been rising in areas of health, education, housing, and justice. This lecture will focus on how unaddressed racial stress hurts the quality of relationships and is tied to the lack of competent conversations and actions generated for addressing racial disparities. ‘The Stalking Talk’ is one of many ways to prepare youth for racial rejection. Practicing racial literacy (how to read, speak, recast and resolve racial stress) in our relationships is a practical way to fight for justice and equality in a society that still fears and avoids racial conflict while simultaneously idolizing distant racial symbols.

January 24: Rick Jonsen, Business Professor at EU. “Conceptualizing the Organization as Community: Implications for Companies, People and Human Resource Management”. David Specht and Richard Broholm (2004) provocatively argue that corporations are created by God, fallen and redeemed. When I first came across these words they were shocking. It’s one thing to acknowledge, as Jeff Vanduzer (2010) does, that businesses have an intrinsic purpose to serve society and promote human flourishing. But Specht and Broholm’s statement equating the circumstance of commercial organizations with that of humanity seems to stretch the meaning of Scripture. As shocking as these were (and still are), they set me on a journey investigating both their veracity and implications for practicing human resources management in commercial organizations. Join me as I share my ongoing journey with you, as well as my observations and conclusions to date.

January 31: Yes, And… How Collaboration in the Creative Process Empowers Kids and Adults. Hear from Yes! And...Collaborative Arts and the creative team behind the Winter Sort of Thing musicals about how they engage children and young people in collaborative creativity that leads to amazing works of art, while promoting a healthy exchange that empowers young and old alike. Jake Miller, Brooke Sexton, Natalie Hann and Sarah Butts Manzo will show how this process is reflected in the Winter Sort of Thing, and across Yes! And…Collaborative Arts programming.

February 7*: Michelle Brown, Director of New Business, The Shops at Devereux, EU Alum ‘08. You Are What You Do – The Dignity of Work at Devereux. Work is fundamental to one’s identity – this is not any different for those with a disability. When all people are able to contribute and be
recognized for their abilities, society as a whole reaps the benefits. Local economies are bolstered. Communities are strengthened. Learn about a local organization that is teaching skills to adults with intellectual disabilities and how you and others can contribute to their success.

February 14*: FAITH FORUM: Dr. Lynn Cohick, Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. Lynn Cohick will be teaching on Paul's letter to the Philippians for Faith Forum (Wednesday February 12-Friday February 14, 2014) based on her new commentary published by Zondervan.

February 21*: Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Director of Interfaith Affairs, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles "Why Jews Still Don't Trust Christians - and Why They Should". This presentation will touch on the history of Jewish-Christian relations, and the remarkable thaw that characterized the decades after World War II. It will move to the bumps in the road of further rapprochement, on both Christian and Jewish sides, and why, despite them, the outlook for the future looks bright. Included are suggestions for breaking new ground in Christian-Jewish relations, moving from interfaith conversation to multi-faith cooperation.

February 28: Andrew Bush, EU Associate Professor of Missions and Anthropology . “Learning from the Least: the Importance of Listening to Christians on the Margins as a Way Forward for Christian Missions”. Dr. Bush will discuss how non-western Christians can help renew the spirituality of western mission so that it can be a life giving movement. As an example of listening to Christians on the margins, Dr Bush will share from his newly released book Learning from the Least: Reflections on a Journey in Missions with Palestinian Christians. He will note how Palestinian Christians have made radical decisions to reconcile with their Muslim and Jewish neighbors.

March 14*: Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, professor at New York University School of Law, and EU Alum, ’81. “Just Mercy”. Bryan’s presentation will include an
examination of mass incarceration, excessive punishment, violence, identity and what it means to pursue justice where poverty, race, disability and complex dynamics create barriers to faithful service and just outcomes. Join us in a reflection on the absence of mercy in contemporary America and what the absence of justice and mercy means for all of us.

March 21*: Ted & Company TheaterWorks. “Laughter is a Sacred Space”. Ted Swartz is a writer and actor who has been mucking around in the worlds of sacred and profane for over 20 years. As theologian and thespian, Ted brings a unique perspective to his craft, creating a space where these two worlds can interact. Many people first learned to know Ted as part of the duo, Ted and Lee, working together with Lee Eshleman. Their creative partnership ended suddenly in 2007 when Lee took his own life. In Laughter is a Sacred Space, a show both humorous and vulnerably honest, Ted explores the paradox of working with a comedic partner struggling with bipolar disorder, as well as the challenge of writing and performing God’s stories while experiencing the absence of God after Lee’s death.

March 28*: Rev. Dale Kuehne, Ph.D., The Richard L. Bready Chair in Ethics, Economics and the Common Good; and, Professor of Politics, Saint Anselm College “Standing on the Threshold of an Inconceivable Age”. We live at a moment of extraordinary change in the way we understand the human person and the place of sexuality in personal and relational fulfillment. In this talk based on his recent book Sex and the i-World, Dr. Kuehne will explore how things have changed, consider why things have changed, and consider what reason and revelation have to say to us at such a moment.

April 4: Roger E. Olson, Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics, Baylor University. “The Future of the Evangelical Church and Evangelical Higher Education”. The recent past has thrown the future of evangelicalism into question. The once thriving and relatively unified movement is fragmenting. The future of both evangelicalism and evangelical higher education depends on recovering the movement's center and respecting evangelical diversity.

April 11: Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Dean of Esperanza College of Eastern University. “Becoming” for Justice. Dr. Conde-Frazier will lead us in thinking about ways of ‘becoming’ that nurture sensibilities for doing justice. She believes “doing is born out of this becoming”.

April 25*: Dr. Simon Coleman, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. “The Anthropologist as Agnoiologist: Debating Evolution from Darwinism to Dawkinism”. There has been much discussion over the last century about atheism and agnosticism and their relations to both secularism and a social scientific view of the world. In this talk, Dr. Coleman will explore the much less well-known concept of “agnoiology,” the study of ignorance, and consider how—ironically—it can help us understand what is intellectually at stake for anthropologists and others in debates over human evolution.

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