Spring 2022 Event Details

Eastern University is delighted to announce the transformation of its distinctive lecture series, Windows on the World. Since 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 spring semester! Presentations are on Fridays (dates below) at 10 a.m., in McInnis Auditorium. They are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and open to the public.

February 11, 2022: London Coe- Abolitionist and Owner of Peace on Fifth

London CoeWindows on the World (February 11th at 10 a.m.): “Why Aren’t You Eating More Chocolate?". Human trafficking is a growing international, and yes domestic industry that captures global headlines. As we look to make needle-moving changes in our personal lives and in our society’s life, how we reach out for each other, see each other, ignore each other helps mark how we see our connection and commitment to work for change. London Coe will speak of how daily impacts, like eating chocolate, drive sustainable incremental change. Her talk will introduce the impact of human trafficking on our everyday lives, give concrete solutions to drive change that anyone can handle, and address compassion fatigue and finding fire to help you be the change you want to see in the world.

Sitting in her living room, waiting for her calling, Ms. London Coe decided that the silence she heard was not good enough. As a result, she launched campaigns that grew her interest and curiosity about the world. These campaigns included: Fair Trade Dayton, a campaign that gained international recognition and certification of Dayton, Ohio as a Fair Trade City; Start Freedom Dayton, a three year film series premiering films about human trafficking and partnering with local and government organizations to educate the public about human trafficking prevention and eradication; Learn Love Eat, a food education conference for beer, bourbon, cheese, chocolate, and coffee; Peace on Fifth, a compassionate commerce store (celebrating ten years in 2021) selling traceable, slave free, fair and directly traded, eco friendly goods from local, national, and international markers supporting an end to human trafficking AKA modern day slavery.  London didn’t wait for the mountain to come to her, she went after the mountain. The idea of seeking instead of waiting for inspiration is steeped in the idea to pursue failure for success. Learn more about London Coe.

March 25, 2022: Anyango Reggy Gregory- Associate Regional Director at American Friends Service Committee

Anango GregoryWindows on the World (March 25th at 10 a.m.): “Walking with the Wounded”. Anyango Reggy Gregory believes that part of her God ordained purpose is to mobilize individuals and communities to become more actively involved in walking with those who have been most severely impacted by systems and structures of oppression. She is the Associate Regional Director for the South Region at American Friends Service Committee, a 104-year-old international peace and justice organization. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Beulah Heights University where she teaches courses on cross-cultural communications, peace and conflict studies, and leadership development. In addition to issues of justice, she is very passionate about teaching and learning about other cultures.

Being born to an African American mother and a Kenyan father, Dr. Anyango Gregory developed a deep interest in issues of justice, both in the United States and around the world, from an early age. For most of her adult life, she has worked to educate and advocate for justice for directly impacted communities across the US, Africa, and Latin America. She has also studied and taught on conflict transformation and trauma healing. The focus of her dissertation research was on post-conflict reconstruction and women in Rwanda. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to teach courses on conflict prevention at the Monrovia Bible College in Liberia and at the Genocide Studies and Prevention program at the National University of Rwanda. Learn more about Anyango Reggy Gregory.

April 22, 2022: Stephanie Tait: Author and Speaker

Stephanie TaitWindows on the World (April 22nd at 10 a.m.): “We’re People, Not Parables”. As an author, speaker, disability advocate, and trauma survivor, Stephanie Tait has harnessed her experience, writing her intimate understanding of pain into messages that foster healing within the Kingdom of God. For many, the term "ableism" feels like a fairly new addition to the cultural lexicon. But in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic, there has never been a greater urgency to ask ourselves this question: What impact, if any, does ableism have on our churches, our faith practices, and even our reading of Scripture itself? From teachings on the healing stories of the gospels, to "was blind but now I see," Stephanie will explore some of the specific barriers disabled people face to full inclusion and participation in the body of Christ - and point us towards prophetic imagination of what "on earth as it is in Heaven" could look like.

With radical candor and transparency, her work aims to partner sound theology and practice with the unashamed acceptance of struggle in the present tense. She aims to create space for the reality of suffering, as well as practical tools and experience for its management, in the center of our faith ethic, our communities, and our joy. As a Lyme disease sufferer, whose 14-year delayed diagnosis led to myriad lasting health consequences, and a trauma survivor who remains in active treatment for her C-PTSD, she speaks and writes about disability and suffering from the perspective of her everyday lived experience. Her book, The View From Rock Bottom, examines the influences of the prosperity gospel in the modern church and urges us to a deeper and more robust theology of suffering. Stephanie's current work most notably focuses on disability justice, seeking to correct the inequities that exclude disabled bodies from full inclusion in both the church, and our larger communities. Learn more about Stephanie Tait.