Gordon in the News: last updated 05/31/2012

Power and Justice: Perspectives On Political Order

For Immediate Release
Monday, May 15, 2012

Media Contact
Cyndi McMahon

Wenham, MA—During this election season, as political headlines and conversations infuse classrooms, corporate breakrooms and family gatherings across the country, Gordon's campus is no exception. Amid the vibrant political discourse, Gordon College has been placed at the forefront in considering how this dialogue shapes (and is shaped by) academia. The Political Science Department of Gordon College, in partnership with Christians in Political Science (CPS), will host a three-day conference, "Power and Justice: Perspectives On Political Order," running May 31 through June 2.

“This year’s theme is taken from a foundational course in political science at Gordon College, Power and Justice: Perspectives on Political Order. These are issues we look forward to considering collectively as political scientists and with the broader Gordon community,” says Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, department chair and associate professor of political science at Gordon College.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College, the Center for Public Justice and the Institute for Global Engagement, the conference will feature insight and perspectives from leading political science voices working and teaching in the academic realm. The Christians in Political Science Conference will provide a unique forum to explore how faith informs teaching and scholarship. In addition to paper panels, plenary sessions, workshops, roundtables and fellowship, the conference will also feature a keynote address, “Higher Power? How Christians Use Power to Shape the World Around Us,” delivered by D. Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College and expert in evangelical political engagement.

Miroslav Volf, founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright professor of theology at Yale University Divinity School, will deliver the annual CPS Kuyper Lecture, entitled, “A Public Faith: A Christian Alternative to Secular and Religious Political Exclusivism." Other keynote speakers include Amy Black of Wheaton College, Peter Feaver of Duke University, and Anthony Gill of the University of Washington.

The conference is free and open to the public. For schedule or to register, visit www.gordon.edu/cps or contact Deb Drost in the Center for Christian Studies at .


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