FIRST MONDAYS SPEAKER SERIES
The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to campus to challenge students, faculty, and staff to stretch their imaginations, to grow in understanding, to act boldly, and to re-creatively serve God's kingdom.
2013-14 Academic Year
February 3, 2014
Andrew Cunningham and Scott Marques
Scott Marques and Andrew Cunningham will speak at Dordt College, February 3, 2014, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium as a part of the Andreas Center’s First Mondays Speaker Series. They will talk about their involvement in the Communities of Fusion in Nampula, Mozambique. Communities of Fusion ties together education, economic, and evangelical opportunities to enhance the physical, mental, social, and spiritual behaviors of the impoverished communities of Mozambique, creating developed communities that thrive in all aspects of life. As a leader in the Communities of Fusion, Cunningham operates Novos Horizontes, a chicken hatchery and supply center providing materials and market space for local chicken farmers. Marques serves Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique through church plants and leadership through New Frontiers Apostolic Church. The Communities of Fusion combine community investment and productivity, through operations like Novos Horizontes and others, with the Christian community of church plants, like that of Marques, to enable the growing community of Nampula, Mozambique. Check out the video report from Nampula prepared by Dordt seniors Justin Gloudemans and Jayson Korthuis.
March 3, 2014
Dr. Caroline Simon
Dr. Caroline Simon, Whitworth University provost and executive vice president, will speak at Dordt College, March 3, 2014, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium as a part of the Andreas Center’s First Mondays Speaker Series. Her talk in the morning, “Bringing Sex into Focus,” will use the concept of “lenses” for viewing human sexuality. Prior to moving to Whitworth (Spokane, Washington), Simon served at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, for 25 years as a professor of philosophy, holding several other leadership positions as well, including director of general education and interdisciplinary studies, and associate dean for teaching and learning. While engaged in administrative leadership, Simon has continued to write as a philosophical ethicist, authoring and coauthoring several books and articles on virtue, moral knowledge, and human affection including, The Disciplined Heart: Love, Destiny and Imagination (Eerdmans, 1997) and Bringing Sex into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity (IVP Academic, 2012).
September 1, 2014
Prof. Nancy Pearcey
Best-selling author Nancy Pearcy is a professor and scholar-in-residence at Houston Baptist University, where she also serves as director of the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture. She has been hailed by The Economist as “America’s pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual.” Pearcy’s writing focuses on Christian worldview and apologetics. Her book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity (Crossway, 2004) is a Christianity Today Award of Merit Winner and an ECPA Gold Medallion Winner. Through her work with the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture students have unique opportunities to engage with her award-winning books and other resources on worldview and cultural engagement. Pearcey received her degree in biblical studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, with additional study at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Ontario. Professor Nancy Pearcy will speak in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at Dordt College on Labor Day, September 1, 2014, as a part of the Andreas Center’s First Mondays Speaker Series.