Huntington announces Forester Lecture speakers

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University announces its Forester Lecture Series speakers for the 2006-2007 season.

Curt Tofteland
Producing Artistic Director of the
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Zurcher Auditorium, Merillat Centre for the Arts
Curt Tofteland is an internationally-recognized actor, artistic director, playwright, lecturer and organizer of Shakespeare Behind Bars, the only North American Shakespeare company contained within the walls of a medium-security adult male prison. This film-and-discussion program will feature screening of the 90-minute documentary film, “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to screen at more than 35 film festivals around the world, winning a total of 10 film awards.

Dr. Brian Bowen
Associate Director, Energy Center
Purdue University
Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Zurcher Auditorium, MCA
Dr. Brian Bowen is an industrial engineer and an expert in energy economics. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Indiana Energy Group, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He has provided expertise to energy officials in numerous developing nations, as well as United States Agency for International Development. His presentation will address the problem of increasing worldwide demand for oil, and the future of energy technology and supply in Indiana.

Dr. Thomas de Zengotita
The Dalton School and New York University
Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
Zurcher Auditorium, MCA
Dr. Thomas de Zengotita holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University and serves as contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine. His recent book, “Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It” (2005), has won the Marshall McLuhan Award for outstanding book in the field from the Media Ecology Association and was described by the Washington Post as “a fine roar of a lecture about how the American mind is shaped.” De Zengotita’s presentation will address the subject of how new media has transformed American life.

Forester Lecture Series Faculty Lecture
Dr. Tom Bergler
Associate Professor of Ministry & Missions
Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
Zurcher Auditorium, MCA

Dr. Tom Bergler, recipient of a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame, serves as assistant director of the Link Institute at Huntington University and edits the Journal of Youth Ministry. His presentation, titled “No More Slow Dances with Jesus: Using Contemporary Worship Music Responsibly,” will identify the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary praise and worship music by evaluating it in light of biblical teaching on worship and Christian discipleship. Finally, it will suggest steps that individual worshippers, worship leaders and song writers can take to foster a sound, biblically-grounded spirituality through singing.

Adams Tribute Lecture
Dr. Jim Ball

Executive Director of the Evangelical Environmental Network
and Publisher of Creation Care Magazine
Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Zurcher Auditorium, MCA

Dr. Jim Ball will present “A Christian Approach to Climate Change.” In May 1997, he received his Ph.D. in theological ethics from Drew University in Madison, N.J. From 1995-1997, Ball taught in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Montclair State University. His years of research on global warming resulted in a primer for Christians on the subject published by Evangelicals for Social Action in 1998 titled “Planting a Tree This Afternoon: Global Warming, Public Theology, and Public Policy.” Before becoming executive director of Evangelical Environmental Network in January 2000, Jim worked as the climate change policy coordinator for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C. He is an active member of Riverside Baptist Church in Washington.

Barbara Nicolosi
Founder & Executive Director, Act One, Inc.
March 13, 7 p.m.
Zurcher Auditorium, MCA
Barbara Nicolosi is executive director of Act One, Inc., an interdenominational training program preparing Christians for professional careers in mainstream film and television. Nicolosi received an MA in film from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and has written several screenplays currently in production. In addition, she has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and a consultant on many film and television projects. Nicolosi recently co-edited the book “Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture” (Baker Books) and will speak on the subject of Christian faith and the craft of filmmaking.

“Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God”
Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III
Professor of Chemistry, University of Georgia
April 16, 7 p.m.
Zurcher Auditorium, MCA
Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and lecturer. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. In addition, he has served on the faculties at University of California (Berkeley), University of Texas (Austin), University of Paris and Australian National University. His lectures and publications have profoundly influenced the field of modern chemistry and have earned him numerous international awards, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry (London). He speaks frequently on the relationship between science and religion, and his presentation, titled “Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God” will offer Christian perspective on scientific theories of the origin of the universe.

O. Carter Snead
University of Notre Dame
May 3, 7 p.m.
Zurcher Auditorium, MCA
O. Carter Snead is associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame and served as General Counsel to the President’s Council on Bioethics. He drafted the council’s report “Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies,” a comprehensive critical assessment of the governance (both public and private) of the activities at the intersection of assisted reproduction, human embryo research and genetics. His presentation will address the cultural and legal implications of recent advances in the fields of genetics and human reproduction.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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