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.
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Fall 2017

* An asterisk after dates below indicates that following that particular 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. Participants should go through the Dining Commons line and bring their lunches back to Baird Library.  Guests without a meal plan should give their names to the Sodexo cashier outside the Dining Commons and mention that they are attending the Windows luncheon.

Friday, SEPTEMBER 1: FALL ACADEMIC CONVOCATION (10:00 a.m. in the University Gym at St. Davids)
Dr. Joao (John) Monteiro, Associate Professor of Sociology, Eastern University

The Academic Convocation is a meaningful, time-honored tradition at Eastern University, during which we gather to corporately welcome new students, faculty, administrators, and staff, to celebrate student achievements, and to ask God's blessing on our new beginnings. (Please Note: 11:00 a.m. classes will start late as a result.)

Jenny Yang, Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Policy, World Relief
"A Christian Response to the Global Refugee Crisis"

We are facing the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War II, and there has been intense debate in our country about whether we should let in refugees and how we should respond. What are the facts about who refugees are and how should Christians in particular respond? At a time of heightened fear and anxiety over refugees, this talk will highlight the facts about the refugee crisis and how followers of Christ can form a Biblically-based response.

Friday, SEPTEMBER 15
Dr. Calenthia Dowdy, Associate Professor of Youth Ministry and Department Chair, Eastern University
"Walls, Alleys, and Dead Ends: Street Walking as Design for Livability & Community"

Join us as Dr. Calenthia Dowdy shares musings and life lessons from urban design fails, the Incarnation, and what the old folks knew about a God who sits high and looks low.

Dr. Tony Campolo, Emeritus Faculty, Eastern University
"Eastern Embraces the Red Letters"

The words of Jesus as set forth in the red letters of the Bible represents a radical departure from cultural Christianity. Together we will explore what it means for an Evangelical school to take Jesus' teachings seriously and employ them in transformative programs that approximate the kingdom of God in our time.

Friday, SEPTEMBER 29* (to be held in the University Gym at St. Davids)
Dr. Esther Lightcap Meek, Professor of Philosophy, Geneva College
"Loving to Know: An introduction to knowing for first-year college students"

Dr. Lightcap-Meek will be speaking on the content of her recent book, A Little Manual for Knowing, which the first-year traditional undergraduate students at Eastern University will be using as one of their textbooks for INST 150, Introduction to Faith, Reason, and Justice.

Friday, OCTOBER 6
Dr. Brian Williams, Dean, Templeton Honors College, Eastern University
"The Workshop of Humanity: Reading Toward Virtue"

Aristotle, contemporary neuroscientists, and sociologists agree: the young are not wise and have great difficulty cultivating the virtue of prudence. However, their moral formation affects not only their own well-being, but that of their academic institutions, families, friendships, churches, and the businesses and cultures they will help create. Aristotle claims that part of the problem is that the young lack experience with diverse moral situations and exposure to morally exemplary mentors. Neuroscientists claim that certain parts and processes of the brain that regulate moral behavior are not fully developed until age 25. Sociologists argue that “emerging adults” face a transition to adulthood that is increasingly more complex, confusing, and disjointed than it has ever been and do so with decreasing cultural, institutional, and parental guidance. Philip Melanchthon, the 16th century theologian and educational reformer, has a solution: read Homer. This session will explore Melanchthon’s suggestion that a certain way of reading literature, which we could identify as “tropological,” can help “emerging adults” cultivate the wisdom and prudence they otherwise lack, but desperately need.

Dr. Ash Barker, author of "Slum Life Rising: How to Enflesh Hope within an Urban World" and Founder of Newbigin House in Birmingham, UK
"Risky Compassion"

Dr. Ash Barker was immersed in Bangkok’s largest slum with his family for over 12 years. From this extreme context, he was challenged by the story of the Good Samaritan. As he states, “Life in Klong Toey slum confronted me. I couldn’t avoid the big, risky questions that this text and this neighborhood raised for me about life, death and what matters most.” Exploring the story of the ‘Compassionate Samaritan’ helped Ash find meaning in the midst of suffering and oppression. He prays and hopes this biblical story, and these musings about urban life, can have a similar impact on us.

Dr. Peggy A. Johnson, Bishop, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church
"Disability Ministry: healing inclusion and empowerment"

Join us as Bishop Peggy Johnson explores the Biblical passages that deal with people with disabilities and provide practical models for ministry in our churches and the world.

Friday, OCTOBER 27
Dr. Tara Stoppa, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Co-Chair, Eastern University
"Understanding Ourselves and Our Neighbors: Emotional Intelligence, Socio-Emotional Learning, and Human Thriving"

Abilities to process and effectively utilize emotional information both about ourselves and within our relationships to others are important aspects of human development and thriving. How might the concepts of emotional intelligence and socio-emotional learning potentially contribute to positive development?  Additionally, how can we nurture such intra- and interpersonal abilities to better understand ourselves, improve our social relationships, and help to promote justice within our communities?

Friday, NOVEMBER 3*
Dr. Jim Harries, Missionary in Kenya (East Africa), and Chairman, Alliance for Vulnerable Mission
"Dramatic Insights: Vulnerable Cross-cultural Mission Service in Africa over 30 years"

Opening story: ‘How to be mistaken for God in an African supermarket.’

An agriculturalist called to service in the majority world commits for lifetime service. Africa is not what he expected. The agriculturalist becomes a bible teacher. Mission senders do not want their people to be vulnerable. What to do: you’ve been called by God, but authorities don’t agree? The honourable option is to carry on, not in defiance, but in weakness. From a position of vulnerability on the field, amazing things begin to be evident. What is called anti-racism in the West, is flattening the truth in Africa! Visiting scholars and missionaries who use English, with money to give, might get the wrong end of the stick. Contemporary systems of sending Western missionaries are epistemologically faulty. If the system is set up to deny the truth of Christ, then there’s a problem with the system. Background reading here.

Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden, Founders of Someone To Tell It To, a non-profit counseling service
"The Art of Listening: The principles of compassionate listening and how they make you a better family member, friend and follower of Jesus"

Michael and Tom will share stories from their book “Someone To Tell It To: Moved With Compassion, published by Masthof Press, October 5, 2017.  These stories give voice to their own journey of faith and ministry.  They speak to the pain, brokenness, joy and triumph of people that they have encountered on the journey - and the compassionate way of responding to those experiences. See, Facebook - Someone To Tell It To, Twitter -@Listening Life, and Instagram - Compassionate Listening.

Friday, NOVEMBER 17*: HAHA (Hunger and Homelessness Awareness) WEEK
Heather Bargeron, Community Education & Engagement Specialist, Project HOME
"Hungry for More: Addressing the Root Causes of Hunger and Homelessness"

Heather Bargeron engages members of the Project HOME community in advocacy efforts for affordable housing, human services, and living wage jobs. She coordinates the Project HOME Speakers Bureau which educates the community about homelessness and poverty in Philadelphia and Project HOME’s work to end it. Join us as Heather and Project HOME residents will share on the realities of homelessness and the work that Project HOME is doing to address poverty and homelessness in Philadelphia.

This Windows lecture is in collaboration with the Eastern University YACHT club (Youth against Complacency and Homelessness Today).

Friday, DECEMBER 1
Dr. Franklin Oikelome, Associate Professor, PhD in Organizational Leadership Program, Eastern University
"Rethinking Diversity Management: Racial Inequality, Institutional Strategy and Leadership Mentality"

In theory, anti-discrimination and equality practices should thrive in organizations where diversity management structures exist. However, despite a plethora of initiatives aimed at fostering racial diversity and inclusion, there is recognition of a pervasiveness of racial/ethnic differences in work and career outcomes. Dr. Oikelome explores this disconnect using evidence from decades of research as well as the HRM, leadership and justice literatures. Based on the limitations of dominant approaches to diversity management, he proposes an integrative framework to facilitate racial equality in which the right leadership mentality is critical to institutional strategy.

Friday, DECEMBER 8
Music and Dance Departments, Eastern University
Eastern University's Music and Dance Departments will lead us in expressing the joy of this holy season.

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