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To Change the World



Tony Dungy

Best-selling author, sports analyst and former NFL head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers


"Motivating the Spirit"

Keynote lecture: Celebrating 50 Years of Championship
Intercollegiate Athletics at Messiah College

April 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Hitchcock Arena, Sollenberger Sports Center


Tony DungyMessiah College is pleased to announce that Tony Dungy will be presenting a public keynote lecture in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the intercollegiate athletic program at Messiah College.

Dungy retired in 2009 after a 31-year NFL career. In 13 seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dungy amassed a 148-79 overall record and reached the postseason an unprecedented 10 straight times. His teams averaged more wins in the regular season than those of any head coach in NFL history. In 2007, Dungy became the first African-American coach to lead his team to a championship in Super Bowl XLI.

Known for a leadership style that emphasizes decency and respect, Dungy managed to coach winning teams while still making faith and family his top priorities. Dungy discussed these values in his memoir "Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life," a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. Dungy's second book, a children's book titled "You Can Do It!," reached No. 1 on the New York Times list of best-selling children's picture books.

Coach Dungy shares with audiences his understanding of how faith, community service, sacrifice and commitment — both on and off the field — result in successes that don't always end up in box scores.


This event is SOLD OUT.


Messiah College gratefully recognizes the support of the following event sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
Susquehanna Bank

Transportation Sponsor

Radnor Benefits Group

Silver Sponsors

L.B. Smith Foundation      M&T Bank   Houck

The Turnbridge Group
Capitol Blue Cross

Dinner Sponsor

Wohlsen Construction

James McBride

Award-winning writer, composer and musician

Sept. 12, 2011, 7 p.m. Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center


James McBrideJames McBride is an award-winning writer, composer and saxophonist, whose landmark memoir "The Color of Water" is widely read in colleges and high schools across America. A New York Times best-seller for two years, the book is a moving account of his mother, a white Jewish woman from Poland who raised 12 black children in New York City and sent each to college. It has been translated into more than 17 languages, has sold more than 2.1 million copies worldwide and has been a perennial favorite of book clubs and "One Book, One Community" events in areas including New York and Philadelphia, as well as Messiah College's first-year student common reading program.


Currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, McBride will come to Messiah College with his jazz band, highlighting his amusing stories of redemption, forgiveness and identity with wonderful musical accompaniment.


Admission is free and open to the public; no ticket required.

For more information, contact Shirley Groff at 717-691-6013 or

Sponsored by the Messiah College Office of General Education and Common Learning.



James Davison Hunter

Author and the LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia


"To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World."

Oct. 26, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Hostetter Chapel


James Davison HunterJames Davison Hunter has written and edited numerous books and published a wide range of essays, articles and reviews, all variously concerned with the problem of meaning and moral order in a time of political and cultural change in American life. Most recently, he published "The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil" (2000), "Is There A Culture War? A Dialogue on Values and
American Public Life" (with Alan Wolfe, 2006) and "To Change the World" (2010).


These works have earned him national recognition and numerous literary awards. Since 1995, Hunter has served as the executive director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a university-based, interdisciplinary research center concerned with understanding contemporary cultural change and its implications for individuals, institutions and society. Under his direction, the institute sponsors university-wide colloquia, provides doctoral and post-doctoral research support, holds conferences,
fields national surveys of public opinion on the changing political culture of late 20th and early 21st century America and publishes an award-winning journal, "The Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture."


Admission is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036.

Book signing and dessert reception to follow in Howe Atrium.

For more information, contact Lili Hagenbuch at 717-766-2511, ext. 7099 or
Sponsored by the Messiah College Honors Program.



Anthony Grafton

Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the chairperson of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University


"The Past and Future of the Book"

Spring Humanities Symposium Keynote Lecture
2012 Symposium Theme: "The Transforming Book"

Feb. 23, 2012, 8 p.m. Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center


Anthony GraftonAnthony Grafton is a world-renowned scholar in cultural and intellectual history with a special focus on the history of books and readers. He joined the Princeton History Department in 1975 after earning his B.A. (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) in history from the University of Chicago. He is the author of 10 books and the coauthor, editor, coeditor or translator of nine others. A gregarious and much sought-after speaker, he has been lecturing most recently about the digital future as well as the historical past of the book. The Sunday Times recently described him as "an immensely learned devotee of the book in all its aspects." As such, Grafton has published studies like "From Humanism to the Humanities" (1986), "Defenders of the Text" (1991), "The Footnote: A Curious History" (1997), "Bring Out Your Dead: The Past as Revelation" (2001) and "Codex in Crisis" (2008). He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, the New Spring Humanities Symposium Keynote Lecture York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement, among others.


Admission is free and open to the public; no ticket required.


For more information, contact Joseph Huffman, director of the Center for Public Humanities, at


Sponsored by the Messiah College Center for Public Humanities.



Amir Hussain

Professor of Theology at Loyola Marymount University


"Building Faith Neighbors: Christians and Muslims Together"

The Messiah College Religion and Society Lecture

March 26, 2012, 7 p.m., Hostetter Chapel


Amir HussainAmir Hussain is a professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on world religions. His own particular speciality is the study of Islam, focusing on contemporary Muslim societies in North America.


Since 2005, Hussain has written more than 25 book chapters or scholarly articles about Islam and Muslims. Before coming to California in 1997, he taught courses in religious studies at several universities in Canada. Hussain is the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the premier scholarly journal for the study of religion, and serves on the editorial boards of four scholarly journals: the Journal of Religion, Conflict and Peace; Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life; the Ethiopian Journal of Religious Studies; and Comparative Islamic Studies.


Admission is free and open to the public; no ticket required.


Sponsored by the Messiah College Annual Lectures on Religion and Society.


For more information, contact Douglas Jacobsen, professor of church history and theology, at