Each year the division of Social Sciences sponsors a lecture event in honor of David L. Franz, Gordon History professor emeritus. Lectures in this series span the disciplines and feature speakers from around the world.
See below for details on past and upcoming lectures.
More information coming soon!
Sindiso Mnisi Weeks is assistant professor at the Umass Boston School for Global Inclusion and Social Development and was a Resident Scholar at the University of New Hampshire School of Law where she held a fellowship for the completion of a book, Access to Justice? Dispute Management in Vernacular Forums in Rural KwaZulu-Natal. Until December 2013, she was a senior researcher in the Centre for Law and Society at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where she had worked on the Rural Women's Action-Research program—combining research and policy work on women, property and governing authority under indigenous law—since 2009. She also taught African Customary Law as an advanced Assistant Professor in UCT's Department of Private Law in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Weeks has published in academic and popular media on indigenous law, women’s rights, cultural rights, governance, participatory democracy, dispute management and the South African Constitution. She holds a doctorate in Law from the University of Oxford where, as a Rhodes Scholar, she researched the tensions between living customary law(s) and South African state law. Prior to Oxford, she clerked for the Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Dikgang Moseneke. She is a graduate of UCT from which she obtained a BA (in Law, Philosophy and Language) and LLB, both with distinction. She has been the recipient of a number of awards including a Skye Foundation Scholarship, a Mellon-Mays Fellowship and the 2012 Women in Science Award for the Development of Rural Women through Science and Technology. In September 2014, Dr. Weeks will take up a position as an advanced Assistant Professor in the Public Policy of Excluded Populations at the University of Massachusetts Boston's School for Global Inclusion and Social Development.
This event is open to the public free of charge.
David Swartz: The Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity?
October 3, 2013
Co-hosted by the Center for Faith and Inquiry and the Gordon College Sociology and Social Work Department
David R. Swartz teaches history at Asbury University. He is the author of Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and writes at the Moral Minority blog. Areas of teaching interest and research include American religious history, twentieth-century American politics, Anabaptism, global religion, and issues of war and peace. He is the founder and faculty sponsor of Plowshares, a Central Kentucky group that promotes peace and reconciliation.
Andrew Yuengert: Practical Wisdom and Rational Choice: Economics' Proper Place in the Social Sciences
February 28, 2013
Co-hosted by the Gordon College Economics and Business Department
Andrew Yuengert is a professor of Economics at Seaver College, Pepperdine University. He has made research contributions in several fields: economic philosophy, Catholic Social Teaching, the empirical study of religion, labor economics, and finance. He was recently editor of the journal Faith & Economics. He is the author of two previous books: The Boundaries of Technique: Ordering Positive and Normative Concerns in Economic Research (2004), and Inhabiting the Land: A Case for the Right to Migrate (2004). His most recent essay is "Roman Catholic Economics," in The Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics (2012).
Kurt Werthmuller: The Arab Uprising: Spring, Winter, or Something Else Entirely?
April 2, 2012
Co-hosted by the Gordon College History Department
Kurt Werthmuller is a Research Fellow with Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom. Werthmuller is researching trends in the status of religious minorities in the Middle East, especially in the Arab world. Currently, he is examining the real and potential impact of regional uprisings on these communities.
Werthmuller served as Associate Professor of History at Azusa Pacific University from 2007-2011, and as Assistant Professor of History at Geneva College from 2005-2007. During this time, he published Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt, 1218–1250 (2010), wrote articles for the World History Encyclopedia (2011) and the Dictionary of African Biography (2011), presented on non-Muslims in medieval Egypt at the Middle East Studies Association and American Historical Association, and gave public lectures on the Coptic community and on the recent Egyptian revolution.
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen: Opposite Sexes or Neighboring Sexes? C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers and Psychology of Gender
March 8, 2011
Co-hosted by the Gordon College Political Science Department
Dr. Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen is professor of psychology and philosophy at Eastern University and former senior editor of Christianity Today. She taught previously at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Van Leeuwen is the author of numerous works on the relationship between faith and gender, including her book Gender and Grace (1991). She spoke about her most recent work, A Sword between the Sexes: C. S. Lewis and the Gender Debates (2010). This year's event was co-sponsored by the Women in Leadership Speaker Series.
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Mike McCullough: Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct
September 30, 2009
Co-hosted by the Gordon College Psychology Department
Dr. Michael McCullough, professor of psychology at the University of Miami, Florida, directs the Laboratory for Social and Clinical Psychology and holds a secondary appointment in UM's Department of Religious Studies. In his lecture he presented his research on the social-psychological factors that can modulate the desire for revenge and accelerate the forgiveness process. He is also interested in several aspects of religion, including how it evolved, how it develops over the life course, and its links to health, well-being, and social behavior.
David N. Hempton: Evangelical Enchantment and Disenchantment
April 17, 2008
Co-hosted by the Gordon College History Department
Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, Dr. David Hempton previously taught at Boston University and the Queen's University of Belfast. His research and teaching interests are in religion and political culture, identity and ethnic conflict, the interdisciplinary study of lived religion, comparative secularization in Europe and North America, and the history and theology of Evangelical Protestantism. Dr. Hempton's lecture concerned his 2008 book Evangelical Disenchantment, which profiles the faith struggles of figures such as George Eliot, Vincent Van Gogh, and James Baldwin.
Paul Chandler: Should We Have Faith in Fair Trade?
March 30, 2007
Co-hosted by the Gordon College Sociology and Social Work Department
Paul Chandler is CEO of Traidcraft, the UK's leading fair trade organization. Paul spoke about impact assessment of the fair trade model, common critiques of fair trade, what it means to be a Christian faith-based organization engaged in fair trade, and what he believes is an important prophetic ministry for the Church in this arena.