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.”
Spring 2020 Event Details
Eastern University is delighted to announce the transformation of its distinctive lecture series, Windows on the World. Starting Spring 2020, Eastern will feature dynamic speakers on a monthly basis rather than a weekly basis, with three exciting names lined up for the spring semester.
Presentations are certain Fridays during a given semester, 10 a.m. in McInnis Auditorium (St. Davids campus) unless otherwise indicated. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and open to the public.
Following each presentation, the Provost's Office will host an informal luncheon in Baird Library (Walton Hall, 2nd floor) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. to extend the conversation over a meal. Sodexo offers a discounted meal rate of $6/person, payable at the door. Luncheon attendees should go through the Dining Commons line and bring their lunches back to Baird Library.
February 21, 2020: Howard Stevenson: Racial Literacy Leader and TED Talk Speaker
Windows on the World (February 21 at 10 a.m. in McInnis Auditorium #19 on the campus map): “Why We Must Breathe: Racial Literacy as Nonviolence for Heart, Body, Mind, & Soul". In the service of others, we are often inspired to change the way dehumanizing systems perpetuate injustice. But how do we translate inspiration into action? Often, facing a racial encounter can be so threatening that individuals will run, freeze, or fight and make dangerous decisions. What if we could make a healthy decision during an unjust racial moment and instead of deer-in-the-headlights, we spoke truth to power? Racial literacy allows us to read, recast and resolve racially stressful encounters to become the “drum majors for justice” we aspire to be.
Howard Stevenson ՚80, an EU alum who also happens to be Bryan Stevenson’s brother, will spend the day at Eastern reflecting on important issues in honor of Black History Month. He will speak at Windows and will share lunch with students and interested participants following the Windows session.
Stevenson’s work involves developing culturally relevant, in-the-moment, strength-based measures and therapeutic interventions that teach emotional and racial literacy to families and youth. Learn more about Howard Stevenson and his TED talk.
March 13, 2020: Audrey Assad: Singer-Songwriter, Author, Speaker & Producer
Windows on the World (March 13 at 10 a.m. in McInnis Auditorium #19 on the campus map): “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. Come hear Audrey speak about the relationship between religion and shame and mental health.
Evening Performance: An Intimate Evening of Worship (March 13 at 7 p.m..in McInnis Auditorium). 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 songs of rebirth, identity, rebuilding trust, and discovering joy. Learn more about Audrey.
Following her presentation at Windows, Audrey will have lunch with interested participants.
April 3, 2020: Michelle Milne & Ted Swartz: Humorous, Social Justice Oriented Theatre Artists
Windows on the World (April 3 at 10 a.m. in McInnis Auditorium #19 on the campus map): "Taking Important Issues from the Head to the Heart: Theatre Artists Ted Swartz & Michelle Milne". Drawing on their combined performances and writing around issues such as immigration, mental health, racism, climate change, incarceration, and the Doctrine of Discovery, Michelle Milne and Ted Swartz will share a vision of spirituality, comedy, culture, and social justice through their eyes as theatre artists. Veteran actor/writers Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne will speak at Windows, have lunch with interested participants, visit classes, and perform Ted & Company's We Own This Now, a play about the Doctrine of Discovery, in the evening at 7 p.m. on April 3rd in the McInnis Auditorium. Ted and Michelle each bring expertise and 25 years of experience using storytelling, humor, and the arts (including movement and music) to spark community dialogue around issues of social justice and faith. Learn more at Ted & Company TheaterWorks.
Evening Performance (April 3 at 7 p.m..in McInnis Auditorium): We Own This Now: What if the land you love was stolen? Starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, We Own This Now looks at love of land, loss of land, and what it means to “own” something. Chris has farmed the land his grandmother found as a home in Kansas after fleeing Russia almost 100 years ago; his daughter Riley is learning more about who was on that land before her Oma arrived, and the jarring connections she has to the fate of those people. Diving into historical documents, absurd situations, and extended metaphors, the audience discovers alongside Riley and Chris how the Doctrine of Discovery (the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples) is still being used and causing harm today.