ENGLISH PROGRAM ANNUAL FRESHMAN LECTURE
Each year the English department organizes one or two guest lectures or presentations for all freshmen students.
“Our goal is to have the Freshman Lecture be perspectival, interdisciplinary, and focused on alternative interpretive practices,” said Dr. Michael Vander Weele, professor of English.
Speakers come from different disciplines and speak on topics that extend to other disciplines.
“Part of our mission as an English department is to help students see reading and writing as social practices that develop alongside other social practices,” said Vander Weele. “Our lectures have also emphasized practices, rituals, and liturgies, as much as theories or world views.”
All students are welcome to attend the lectures.
February 20, 2014. Gregory Wolfe (editor of Image magazine).
February 18, 2013. Deborah Bowen (English, Redeemer University College). “’What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?’: Narrative and the Christian Reader”
October 24, 2011. John Fry (History, Trinity Christian College). “The Politics of Laura Ingalls Wilder: Conversations about History, Literature, Politics, and Writing.”
September 28, 2010. Gideon Strauss (Director of the Center for Public Justice). “Living from a Deep Christian Perspective in a Postmodern World.”
October 11, 2010. Victor Sorell (Arts and Sciences, Chicago State University). “Walls that Speak: The Pilsen Murals in Cultural Context.”
November 2, 2009. John Bakker (Art, Trinity Christian College). “Art is a Dialogue without Words.”
October 30, 2008. James K. A. Smith (Philosophy, Calvin College), “Secular Liturgies: Christian Education as a Pedagogy of Desire” (Van Namen Recital Hall).
November 10, 2008. Gregory Wolfe (Editor of Image magazine), “Christianity and the Arts.”
Former guest lecturers:
John Bakker (Art, Trinity Christian College)
Roger Lundin (English, Wheaton College)