Fall 2020 Event Details

Eastern University is delighted to announce the transformation of its distinctive lecture series, Windows on the World. Starting Spring 2020, Eastern now features dynamic speakers on a monthly basis rather than a weekly basis.

We have three exciting names lined up for the fall semester! Presentations are on Fridays (dates below) at 10 a.m., in a virtual format. They are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and open to the public

September 11, 2020: Imani Barbarin: Blogger and Writer of Science Fiction and Memoir

Imani-Maude-BallingerWindows on the World (September 11th at 10 a.m.): “Challenging Ableism". Imani Barbarin is a disability rights and inclusion activist and speaker who uses her voice and social media platforms to create conversations engaging the disability community. Born with cerebral palsy, lmani often writes and uses her platform to speak from the perspective of a disabled black woman. In the last few years, she has created over a dozen training hashtags that allow disabled folk the opportunity to have their perspectives heard while forcing the world to take notice. #PatientsAreNotFaking, #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow, #AbledsAreWeird, and others each provide a window into disabled life while forming community.

Imani is from the Philadelphia area. She is a graduate of Eastern University with a degree in Creative Writing. She has a minor in French from the Sorbonne and holds a Masters in Global Communications from the American University of Paris. Her published works include those in Forbes, Rewire, Healthline, BitchMedia and more. She runs the blog CrutchesAndSpice.com and a podcast of the same name. She currently serves as the Communications Director for a nonprofit in Pennsylvania. Learn more about Imani.

October 23, 2020: Audrey Assad: Singer-Songwriter, Author, Speaker & Producer


Audrey AssadWindows on the World (October 23rd at 10 a.m.): “Religion and Mental Health.” Do our beliefs influence our mental health, or does our mental health influence our beliefs? Hint: the answer is yes. This talk explores the connection between our fundamental beliefs and our experience of the world.  Join us to hear Audrey speak about the relationship between religion and shame and mental health.

Evening performance: An Intimate Evening of Worship (October 23rd at 7pm) Join us as Audrey leads us in worship!

Audrey Assad, multiple Dove Award nominee and iTunes Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year recipient, will speak at Windows on the topic of "Religion and Mental Health", visit classes, and perform in an intimate evening of worship on campus. Audrey has toured with Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Jars of Clay and has written songs for Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, and Meredith Andrews. She is featured on one of Chris Tomlin’s albums, and her new album Evergreen explores themes of rebirth, identity, rebuilding trust, and discovering joy.  Learn more about Audrey.

November 6, 2020: Jemar Tisby: Author, Speaker, President of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective

TisbyWindows on the World (November 6th at 10 a.m.): “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism.” Jemar Tisby is a graduate of Notre Dame and holds a Master’s of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson. He writes about race, religion, and culture and co-hosts the podcast “Pass the Mic”, which amplifies dynamic voices for a diverse church.

Bringing his message to the masses, Tisby has accumulated a long list of speaking engagements at prestigious festivals and universities across the nation, including the National Antiracist Book Festival (Washington, DC), the University of Notre Dame, Washington University (St. Louis), Princeton University, Wheaton College, and Baylor University. With a focus on topics including racial injustice, U.S. History, and the Church, he has also addressed the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, the Confernece on Faith and History, and the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

His writing has been featured in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, CNN, Vox, and the New York Times. He is the author of the award-winning book, “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism”, which received the 2019 honors for Book of the Year from the Englewood Review of Books, and Best Religion and Spirituality Books from the Library Journal.

Jemar is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion, and social movements in the 20th century and is working to raise $1,000,000 for an endowment to financially support the ongoing work of Black Christian ministries, in his leadership role at the Witness. Learn more about Jemar.