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Lectures @ Messiah College for Spring 2009


The Office of the President is pleased to announce the following lectures and talks hosted at Messiah. Please contact the individual sponsoring office for further details.


Lewis Baldwin


Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin

January 20, 2009

Professor of Religious Studies and Director of African American Studies at Vanderbilt University

“The Continuing Search for Community: The Meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the 21st Century”


Contact: Dana Champion,

Sponsoring Office: Office of Multicultural Programs

Catherine Meeks Ed Bacon
Abdul Rashied Omar  

Catherine Meeks, Ed Bacon, Rabbi Ronald Sobel, Abdul Rashied Omar

February 12, 2009; 6:30 p.m.

Hostetter Chapel

Catherine Meeks
Director of the Wesleyan College Center for Community, Engagement, and Service

Ed Bacon
Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church
Pasadena, CA

Rabbi Ronald Sobel
Senior Rabbi Emeritus, Congregational Emanu-El
New York City

Abdul Rashied Omar
Kroc Institute for Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame

“Inter-Faith Peace-Making: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam”

Contact: Sharon Baker,
Sponsoring Office: The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies


Catherine Meeks Ed Bacon
Abdul Rashied Omar Imam Yaya Hendi



Spring Humanities Symposium


Dr. Edward B. Davis

February 23, 2009; 7:00 p.m.

Boyer 131


Distinguished Professor of the History of Science


"Intelligent Design on Trial"


Imam Yaya Hendi

February 24, 2009; 7:00 p.m.
Alexander Auditorium, Frey 110


Muslim Chaplain at Georgetown University


"Islam and Higher Education in the U.S."


Dr. Richard T. Hughes

February 25, 2009; 7:00 p.m.
Boyer 131


Senior Fellow in the Ernest L. Boyer Center and Distinguished Professor of Religion


"Christian America and the Kingdom of God"



Dr. Alan Wolfe

February 26, 2009; 8:00 p.m.

Brubaker Auditorium

Professor of Political Science at Boston College
Director, Boisi Center for Religious and American Public Life, Boston College

“Who’s Afraid of American Religion?”



Symposium Contact: Shirley Groff,
Sponsoring Office: The Center for Public Humanities

June Yoder  

Dr. June Alliman Yoder

April 6, 2009; 7:30 p.m.

Parmer Cinema, Boyer Hall

Professor of Communications and Preaching, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

“Annual Schrag Lecture in Anabaptism”


Contact: Jay McDermond,
Sponsoring Office: The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies

Morris Fiorina  

Dr. Morris Fiorina

April 2, 2009; 7:00 p.m.

Parmer Cinema, Boyer Hall


Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University
Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution


“The Road to (and from) the 2008 Elections”


Contact: Robin Lauermann,
Sponsoring Office: The Department of Politics

Grant Wacker

Dr. Grant Wacker

April 1, 2009; 7:30 p.m.

Hostetter Chapel

Professor of Christian History at Duke University Divinity School
President, American Society of Church History

“Billy Graham’s America”


Contact: Gina Hale,
Sponsoring Office: Department of Biblical and Religious Studies

Keith Reinhard  

Keith Reinhard

March 30, 2009; 7:30 p.m.
Brubaker Auditorium


Chairman Emeritus
DDB Worldwide Inc


"Executive-in-Residence Lecture"


Contact: Jon Stuckey at 717-796-5065
This event is co-sponsored by: Department of Management and Business and the Office of College Development, and is free and open to the public.

Karl Giberson  

Dr. Karl Giberson

March 3, 2009; 7:00 p.m.

Hostetter Chapel


Physicist, Eastern Nazarene College

“Scientists Assaulting God, Can Evolution Be a Religion?”


Contact: Ted Davis,
Sponsoring Office: Central PA Forum for Religion and Science


Darrel Bigham Gabor Boritt
Larry Burnley John Fea
James LaGrand
Mark Neely
Matthew Pinsker



Darrel Bigham, Gabor Boritt, Lawrence Burnley, John Fea, James LaGrand, Mark Neely, Matt Pinsker

American Democracy Lecture

April 21, 2009; 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion "Abraham Lincoln and the Transformation of American Democracy"

Brubaker Auditorium. Eisenhower Campus Center

Dr. Darrel Bigham
Professor of History, University of Southern Indiana
Chair of the Education Subcommittee of the National Lincoln Bicentennial Commission


Dr. Gabor Boritt
Professor of History at Gettysburg College


Dr. Lawrence A. Q. Burnley

Associate Dean of Multicultural Programs and Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity Affairs at Messiah College

Dr. John Fea
Associate Professor of History at Messiah College

Dr. James LaGrand
Associate Professor of History at Messiah College

Dr. Mark Neely

McCabe-Greer Professor in the American Civil War Era at The Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Matthew Pinsker
Associate Professor of History at Dickinson College


8:00 p.m.
American Democracy Keynote address: "My Life with Lincoln: Memory, History and Irony" by Dr. Darrel E. Bigham, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Southern Indiana and member of the Federal Lincoln Bicentennial Commission


Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center


For free tickets, contact: James LaGrand,
Endorsed by: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Sponsored by: The Center for Public Humanities

Everett Worthington  

Dr. Everett L. Worthington

April 24, 2009; 8:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Hostetter Chapel

Professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Ethical Issues Related to Faith and Justice”


Contact: Tonya Baker,
Sponsoring Office: The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

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