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forester lecture series

Huntington University presents the Forester Lecture Series each semester. The lectures are designed to bring interesting persons and topics to the attention of students and the regional community. The Forester Lecture Series is open to the public and free of charge.

The Forester Lecture Series at Huntington University is coordinated by Dr. David Alexander, assistant professor of philosophy. For further information, contact Dr. David Alexander at (260) 359-4305.

Podcasts of chapel messages, Forester Lectures, and special events now available in the HU Portal.

Scheduled presentations

David Lyle Jeffrey


Walter and Georgiana Ball Lecture
Scripture in the Monastic Studium and the Rise of the Liberal Arts

Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey

Sept. 17, 7:00 PM
Zurcher Auditorium

Dr. Jeffrey is the Distinguished Professor of Literature at Baylor University. He is also a Humanities Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of Manuscript Research in Scripture and Tradition.

Laura Bates

Adams Tribute Lecture
"Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard
Dr. Laura Bates

Oct. 8, 7:00 PM
Zurcher Auditorium

Dr. Laura Bates discusses her new book and the ways in which the examination of Shakespeare’s criminal tragedies led to the rehabilitation of prisoners in solitary confinement.


Henry Schaefer


C. S. Lewis: Science and Scientism
Dr. Henry Schaefer

Oct. 29, 7:00 PM
Zurcher Auditorium

Since 1987, Dr. Schaefer has been Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia. In 2004, he became Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at the University of California at Berkeley.


C.S. Lewis: A Celebration of His Life, His Works, and His Continued Impact 50 Years After His Death.

Nov. 21, 7:00 PM
Upper Habecker Dining Commons, Banquet Rooms

A panel of experts discuss C.S. Lewis’ life, his writings, and his impact.
Dr. David Alexander
Department of Philosophy, Huntington University
Paul Michelson 2011 edited small  Dr. Paul E. Michelson
Department of History, Huntington University
"Why C. S. Lewis Speaks to the 21st Century"

Paul E. Michelson is Distinguished Professor of History at Huntington University.  He has been a three time Fulbright fellow. He has written, co-written or edited six books, published over 100 academic articles on subjects ranging from C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien to Romanian history and historiography.  He teaches a course every spring on the Life and Work of C. S. Lewis.
Paulette Sauders Dr. Paulette Sauders
Department of English, Grace College IN
"The Lasting Influence of C. S. Lewis's The Four Loves"

Paulette Sauders is Chair of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication, and Professor of English and Journalism at Grace College. Dr. Sauders has written extensively on C.S. Lewis’s idea of love, including most recently an article titled "Through the Lens of The Four Loves: The Idea of Love in Till We Have Faces. 
 Lewis Pearson Dr. Lewis Pearson
Department of Philosophy, University of St. Francis IN
"C. S. Lewis from a Catholic Perspective"

Lewis Pearson teaches at the University of Saint Francis, where he is director of the philosophy program, director of the liberal studies program, and a project leader for the grant-funded vocation discernment program “Living Your Call.”

Dr. Pearson’s appreciation for C. S. Lewis began when he read The Great Divorce as an undergraduate, and since then his love of Lewis’ writing has only increased.  He has given public lectures incorporating Lewis’ fiction and essays, and regularly teaches Lewis’ works in his classes. 
Devin Brown Dr. Devin Brown
Department of English, Asbury University KY
"Why C. S. Lewis Matters Today"

Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and Professor of English at Asbury University where, among other things, he teaches a course on C. S. Lewis. Dr. Brown has published seven books, including Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Inside Prince Caspian, and Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He was a consultant for the film The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and in August 2013, his book, A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis, was released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death. 

Martin Alphonse


Evangelism and India
Dr. Martin Alphonse

Feb. 27, 7:00 PM
Zurcher Auditorium

Dr. Alphonse is a professor of intercultural studies at Multnomah University. The lecture will trace the origin of Christianity in India, associated with the missionary work of Apostle Thomas in the first century, and its later development in the 18th century with the works of the world's first protestant missionary Bartholomew Ziegenbalg followed by William Carey. It will address several the pressing issues in Christian mission in India today, such as the cry for Hindutva, persecution of Christians, millions of children at risk, caste discrimination and the prospect for more than 300 million people called Dalits to embrace Christianity.

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

When Image is Everything: The Vice of Vainglory
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

Mar. 25, 7:00 PM
Longaker Recital Hall

Vainglory was one of the original capital vices, also known as the seven deadly sins. It’s defined as excessive attachment to attention and approval from others. This vice is now largely forgotten, but can still be a powerful diagnostic tool in a culture saturated with marketing, social media, and other forms of publicity-seeking self-display.


 martin todd 


Faculty Lecture:
Katherine Mansfield’s Critique of the ‘Modern Woman’

Dr. Todd Martin

Apr. 15, 7:00 PM
Zurcher Auditorium

Mansfield was a divided self. She never fully escaped the mores of her middle-class upbringing, yet she embraced the newfound freedoms established by emancipation. This notion is manifest in that several of her short stories mock the artist’s life and even suggest a sympathy for the stability of domestic life. Dr. Todd Martin is professor of English at Huntington University.