Lecture Series 2012-2013
Heaven is for Real
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012 - Todd Burpo, Author of Heaven is for Real
5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the
four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery
slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking
about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying
in the waiting room. Colton describes the horse that only Jesus could ride,
about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy
Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us. Todd Burpo is the pastor of Crossroads
Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska. Heaven is for Real has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 88 consecutive weeks.
Sponsored by Sand Lake Wesleyan Church; hosted by the D. B. Reinhart Institute for
Ethics in Leadership
Plumb, Vietnam Veteran and POW
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2012
7:00 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Charlie Plumb graduated from the Naval Academy
at Annapolis and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful
combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days before
he was to return home, Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned
in an 8 foot x 8 foot cell. He spent the next 2,103 days as a
Prisoner Of War in Communist war prisons.
his nearly six years of captivity, Charlie Plumb distinguished himself among
his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications, and
served for two of those years as the Chaplain in his camp.
Since his return home, more than 4,500 audiences in nearly every industry have
been spellbound as Captain Charlie Plumb draws parallels between his P.O.W.
experience and the challenges of everyday life. He has shared his message to an
even wider public through appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline,
Larry King Live, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
One of the most sought-after achievement speakers of his time, Charlie Plumb's
presentations are as he is, sincere, straightforward, humorous, and tailored to
motivate each specific audience he encounters. His insights on how to cope with
the difficulties as well as the opportunities in life have a positive impact on
those who hear his message, those who read his books, and those who come to
know him as a friend.
Captain Plumb's Military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit,
the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the P.O.W. Medal.
Free and open to the public; no reservations
Lewis Feldstein, Author
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012
7 p.m. Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
Lewis Feldstein has written and lectured widely
on social capital, community building and charitable giving, and has served on
numerous national boards of directors. With Robert Putnam of Harvard
University, he co-founded the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America and
co-authored Better Together: Restoring the American Community (Simon &
Schuster, 2003). The book, published in 2003, analyzes the
grassroots development of civic engagement in the United States and offers a
positive message with stories of community renewal and social activism.
Feldstein was CEO and President of the New
Hampshire Charitable Foundation from 1986 to 2010. Under his leadership, the
Foundation became one of the largest funders of nonprofit organizations in
northern New England, with assets growing from $25 million to $375 million at
the end of 2008. Before serving on the foundation, Feldstein worked with the civil rights movement in
Mississippi, served for seven years in senior staff positions to New York City
Mayor John V. Lindsay, and was provost of the Antioch University New England
Graduate School. He has played
a lead role in building community foundations across Europe, and for seven
years worked on the World Bank leadership team as the bank invested in and
tested the role of community foundations and private philanthropy in the developing
world. He has been listed among the Top 50 of nonprofit executives by the
NonProfit Times and holds honorary doctorates from seven universities.
Cosponsored by the Wisconsin Library Association.
Free and open to the public; no reservations required.
Elizabeth Marquardt, Author
"Is There Any Such Thing as a 'Good' Divorce?"
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2012
7 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Elizabeth Marquardt is director
of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values in
New York City. She is the author of Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of
Children of Divorce (Crown,
2005 and Three Rivers Press, 2006). Based on the first
nationally-representative study of grown children of divorce in the U.S.,
Marquardt argues that while an amicable divorce is better than a bitter one,
even amicable divorces profoundly shape the inner lives of children. The book
was reviewed in the Washington
Post and featured in Newsweek, the New York
Times, the Wall Street
Journal, Reader’s Digest,
Marquardt has appeared three times on NBC’s Today Show as well as CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and Talk
Back Live, ABC’s World
News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Fox’s O’Reilly
Factor, CBS’s Early Show,
PBS’s Religion and Ethics
Newsweekly, NPR’s All
Things Considered Weekend Edition and
Diane Rehm Show and The Michael Medved Show.
Her writings have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, and Christian Century. She is
co-author of a ground-breaking study on college women’s attitudes about sex and
dating on campus, titled Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Hoping
for Mr. Right: College Women on Dating and Mating Today,
featured widely in the media and by columnists including Maureen Dowd and
William Raspberry. Marquardt is also principal investigator of an
internationally-released report titled The Revolution in Parenthood: The
Emerging Global Clash Between Adult Rights and Children’s Needs.
She has been a blogger at the Family Scholars Blog since 2003.
Marquardt holds an
M.Div. and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago
and a B.A. in history and women’s studies from Wake Forest University. She has
spoken to college audiences and presented at conferences around the country and
lives near Chicago with her husband, Jim, a college professor, and their two
Co-sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life, Diocese of La Crosse
DOCUMENTARY FILM: MY NEIGHBORHOOD
TUESDAY JANUARY 29, 2013
7 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
El Kurd is a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah
in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to
give up part of their home to Israeli settlers, who are leading a campaign of
court-sanctioned evictions to guarantee Jewish control of the area.
Shortly after their
displacement, Mohammed’s family and other residents begin peacefully protesting
against the evictions, determined not to lose their homes for good. In a
surprising turn, they are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters who
are horrified to see what is being done in their name. Among them is Jewish
West Jerusalem resident Zvi Benninga and his sister Sara, who develop a strong
relationship with Mohammed and his family as they take on a leading role in
organizing the protests.
personal stories, My Neighbourhood goes beyond the sensational headlines
that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem and captures voices rarely
heard, of those striving for a shared future in the city.
My Neighbourhood follows
Mohammed as he comes of age in the midst of unrelenting tension and remarkable
cooperation in his backyard. Highlighting Mohammed’s own reactions to the
highly volatile situation, reflections from family members and other evicted
residents, accounts of Israeli protesters and interviews with Israeli settlers,
the film chronicles the resolve of a neighbourhood and the support it receives
from the most unexpected of places.
My Neighbourhood is
directed and produced by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who documented Mohammed’s story
over two years, and acclaimed filmmaker Julia Bacha. It is the latest
production by Just Vision, an award-winning team of Palestinian, Israeli, North
and South American filmmakers, journalists and human rights advocates dedicated
to telling the stories of Israelis and Palestinians working nonviolently to
achieve security, freedom and peace in the region.
The 25 minute film will be followed by a Q&A via Skype with Suhad Babaa, Community Outreach and Digital Resources Manager for Just Vision.
Carol Gilligan, Professor, New York University School of Law
THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2013
7:00 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
professor, and novelist, Carol Gilligan was named by Time magazine
as one of 25 most influential Americans. Harvard University Press describes her
1982 book, In a Different Voice, as "the little book that
started a revolution." Her first novel Kyra published in
January 2008 was reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle as
"a rare thing: an engrossing, deeply emotional, thinking person's love
story." Her 1992 co-authored book, Meeting at the Crossroads,
was a New York Times Notable book of the year. In 2002, The
Birth of Pleasure was praised by theTimes Literary Supplement as
a "thrilling new paradigm" and characterized by National Public Radio
as the work of a psychologist who writes like a novelist.
a member of the Harvard faculty, she held the university's first chair in
gender studies. She received a Senior Research Scholar Award from the Spencer
Foundation, a Grawemeyer Award for her contributions to education, and a Heinz
Award for her contributions to understanding the human condition. Her recent
work includes The Deepening Darkness: patriarchy, resistance, and
democracy's future, co-authored with NYU law professor David Richards and
published by Cambridge University Press as well as The Scarlet Letter,
a play inspired by Hawthorne’s novel and co-authored with her son Jonathan
Gilligan. Carol Gilligan is currently a University Professor at New York
University; she teaches in the law school, the Steinhardt School of Culture,
Education, and Human Development, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Her latest book, Joining the Resistance, was published by
Polity Press in 2011.
Sam Harris, Holocaust Survivor
THURSDAY APRIL 11, 2013
7 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Harris is a child survivor of the Holocaust. Sam was born Szlamek Rzeznik
in May 1935 in Deblin, Poland. Sam was only four years old when
World War II broke out in 1939. Upon Nazi occupation a portion of Deblin was
turned into a ghetto where Sammy and his family lived. Soon overcrowding,
lack of food and medication caused men, women and children to die on the
streets of Deblin from typhus, dysentery and starvation.
In 1942, Sammy and
his family were rounded up for deportation. During the chaos of the round up
Sammy’s father pushed him out line and told him to run and hide. Sammy
watched his parents and four sisters and brothers march towards the
railcars. That was the last time Sammy saw his family. Sammy was
able to escape death, his survival was nothing short of a miracle.
As the round ups
decreased the Deblin ghetto was converted into a concentration camp where Sammy
survived. Since he was too young to work he hid from the guards, hiding
in the darkness of the barracks.
In 1944, as the war
approached Deblin the Nazis moved the Jewish workers from the Deblin camp to
Czestochowa concentration camp. Upon arrival in the main camp Sammy was
lifted up, kissed and hugged, and passed overhead from hand to hand by each
prisoner. The prisoners, many of whom had lost their own children, were
overjoyed at seeing a child.
On January 16,
1945, Sammy was liberated by the Russian army. As a young child, he survived
four years in the Deblin and Czestochowa concentration camps. After living in
an orphanage in Lublin, Poland and then Vienna, Austria, Sammy made his way to
the United States and lived in a foster home in Chicago. On April 10,
1948, through the Jewish Children’s Bureau Sammy was adopted by Dr. Ellis and
Harriett Harris in Northbrook, Illinois.
Today, Sam serves as President of the Holocaust Memorial
Foundation of Illinois and is leading the efforts to build the new Illinois
Holocaust Museum and Education Center. He continues to speak extensively
on the local and state level about the lessons of the Holocaust and his experiences,
which can be found in his memoir Sammy: A Child Survivor of the
Holocaust. [from the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center website]