William Penn Honors Program
By George Fox University
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The program consists primarily of a series of small classes where students engage many of the most influential works of Western civilization in an interactive fashion, facilitated by faculty who are at once experienced scholars and fellow disciples who themselves wish to make deeper progress as students and servants.
|1||VideoJane Calvert, “Quakerism, John Dickinson, and the Creation of America’s Two Constitutions”||Jane Calvert, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, speaking on “Quakerism, John Dickinson, and the Creation of America’s Two Constitutions” on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013.||10/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoChristian Kopff, "The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition."||In a world obsessed with STEM subjects and globalization, does it matter what people did and said thousands of years ago? This talk argues that freedom and creativity in the modern world still depends on a continuing contact with the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean, Greek, Roman and Hebrew.||10/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoRobert P. George, "Religious Liberty and the Rights of Conscience."||At the heart of several significant public policy disputes today are issues of religious freedom and the rights of conscience. It is not, however, that some Americans profess belief in liberty and conscience and others do not. Rather, it is that Americans are divided about the meaning of freedom and conscience and what it means to respect these principles. Professor George will explore competing understandings of religious freedom and the rights of conscience and present an argument on their bearing on contemporary issues.||2/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Hans Boersma, “Why We Need an ‘Other’ Reading: Or, Why We Ourselves Are the Ones Taking the Exodus Journey”||--||2/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoMatt Milliner, “Toward 2017: Visualizing Christian Unity”||Matthew J. Milliner, an assistant professor of art history at Wheaton College and a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board of the United States Senate, presents a free lecture on the Newberg campus titled “Toward 2017: Visualizing Christian Unity”||10/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoLauren Winner, “Wearing God: Encountering Overlooked Biblical Metaphors for God.”||--||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoTodd Breyfogle, “The Earthly City and the Ethics of Exchange: Augustine on the Spiritual Economy.”||Breyfogle will speak on “The Earthly City and the Ethics of Exchange: Augustine on the Spiritual Economy.” He earned a BA at Colorado College in classics-history-politics and attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he read ancient and modern history and patristic and modern theology. Breyfogle earned a PhD at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and has written numerous essays and book chapters about St. Augustine.||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoJames K.A. Smith, "You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit."||James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society and the church.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||VideoPeter Iver Kaufman, “Leadership and the Humanities”||Kaufman is a professor at the University of Richmond in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s history and religious studies departments. He teaches a wide range of leadership courses and studies the political cultures of late antique, medieval and early modern Europe and North Africa. He has written nine books, is the author of more than 40 articles on authority, religious conflict and literary history, and is editor-in-chief of Religions and editor of a series of monographs on the religion around iconic figures.||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||VideoMiles Hollingsworth, “On the True Version of an Event: Saint Augustine of Hippo’s Conversion”||Hollingworth is well-known for his work on Saint Augustine of Hippo. He is a past winner of the Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction from the Royal Society of Literature and the Elizabeth Longford Scholarship from the Society of Authors. A philosopher who writes about the key texts and figures of the Western tradition, Hollingworth is founder and editor of the forthcoming book series Reading Augustine as well as the coeditor of the Edinburgh Companion to Political Realism. In 2011, he was shortlisted for the Gladstone History Prize. His new book, Ludwig Wittgenstein: An Intellectual Biography, is to be published by Oxford University Press this fall.||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||VideoJason Lepojärvi, "God Is Love, but Love Is Not God: C.S. Lewis's Theology of Love"||Jason Lepojärvi, PhD, is a post-doctoral visiting scholar at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Born to a Canadian mother and a Finnish father, Lepojärvi studied theology and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. His master’s thesis focused on Pope John Paul II's theology of the body and of sexuality. As a visiting DPhil candidate at Oriel College, Oxford, Lepojärvi served as president of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society in 2012–13. Prior to moving to Canada in 2016, Lepojärvi, his wife and their two daughters lived in Oxford, where he worked as a research fellow in theology at St Benet's Hall. His doctoral thesis God Is Love but Love Is Not God: C. S. Lewis’s Theology of Love (2015) analyzed C. S. Lewis’s contribution to the debate on Christian love that preoccupied much of 20th century theology. His current work is a post-doctoral research project on the theology of love, titled Idolatry: Catholic and Protestant Perspectives.||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||VideoJoseph Clair, "The Lost Purpose of Learning"||A native Oregonian, Dr. Clair followed his educational pursuit all over the world and earned degrees in both England and the United States. He became the William Penn Honors Program director and assistant professor of religious studies at George Fox after receiving his doctorate from Princeton University. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College (Illinois) and a master’s degree from Cambridge, where he studied as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is the author of Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine (Oxford University Press, 2016) and On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning (Bloomsbury, 2017), along with numerous articles and essays on Christianity, culture and ethics.||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|