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AU Religion Department to Host Lecture by Author

AU Religion Department to Host Lecture by Author

The Ashland University Religion Department is hosting a lecture by Reggie Williams, the author of “Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education.

Williams is assistant professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary. He is a member of the International Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society, as well as the Society for the Study of Black Religion, and a founding member of the Society for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Religion.

Ashland Center Establishes Peace Scholars

Ashland Center Establishes Peace Scholars

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University introduced four new scholars Wednesday morning.

AU first-year students Brianna Sargent, William Summers, Ryann Crockett and junior Emily Wirtz each received $1,000 scholarships from the Peace Scholars Program, established this school year, through the center.

Last year, students interested in becoming peace scholars had to write a 500-word essay, stating what nonviolence means to them, which had the most weight on their admittance to the program. They also provided references.

Moral Theologian to Discuss ‘Pope Francis, The Environment and Christian Life’

Moral Theologian to Discuss ‘Pope Francis, The Environment and Christian Life’

Moral theologian Jana Bennett will discuss “Pope Francis, The Environment and Christian Life” on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is the next event in the AU College of Arts and Sciences’ biennial Symposium Against Indifference. The theme for this year’s series is “Environmental Sustainability.”

AU Religion Department to Host Lectures by the Rev. Berthe Kalombo Nzeba

AU Religion Department to Host Lectures by the Rev. Berthe Kalombo Nzeba

The Ashland University Religion Department is hosting two lectures by the Rev. Berthe Kalombo Nzeba, the first female protestant clergy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Nzeba will be sharing her story and speaking on “The Congo’s Great Challenge” on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at noon in the Center for Nonviolence at AU located in Bixler Hall and at 7 p.m. in the Dauch College’s Ridenour Room. The events are both free and open to the public.

Ashland University Sets Academic-Themed Visit Days for Summer

Ashland University Sets Academic-Themed Visit Days for Summer

The Ashland University Office of Admissions has partnered with all academic departments on campus and will provide interactive Summer Visit Programs that will allow prospective students to investigate the college majors and careers that they are considering.

“The summer 2015 visit days are set up to allow prospective students to experience Ashland University in a number of ways, including spending time with faculty and current AU students as well as asking questions of admissions representatives,” said W.C. Vance, director of admissions. “These programs are more comprehensive than traditional campus visits because of the heavy academic and career component.”

AU Event to Feature C.S. Lewis Papers and Lewis Scholar

AU Event to Feature C.S. Lewis Papers and Lewis Scholar

A series of letters exchanged between novelist C.S. Lewis and former Ashland College professor Tom VanOsdall will be displayed on the Ashland University campus and accessible to the public as part of an event set for May 7 at 7 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Dr. Michael Peterson, a Lewis scholar from Asbury Theological Seminary, speaking on “C.S. Lewis, Evolution & Intelligent Design.”

Ashland University Professor to Speak at St. Louis Conference

Ashland University Professor to Speak at St. Louis Conference

Dr. Peter Slade, associate professor of religion at Ashland University, will be a speaker at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis for its City Ministry Spring Conference. This year’s theme is “Welcome One Another: Racial Identity in Christ.”

An article on the conference in the online magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America explains: Greg Perry, associate professor of New Testament, and Dean of Students Mike Higgins are organizing the conference, and this year’s theme stems from events less than 17 miles away in Ferguson, Missouri. In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown and the protests the teen’s death sparked, Higgins and Perry worked to foster conversations between white and black Christians.

Dr. Don Rinehart to Present His Last Religion Department Lecture

Dr. Don Rinehart to Present His Last Religion Department Lecture

The Religion Department at Ashland University will celebrate its graduating seniors and close out the year with a final lecture by long-time Ashland resident Dr. Don Rinehart on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Chapel at the corner of King Road and College Avenue.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Last Lecture: The Beginning of Wisdom.”

C.S. Lewis Papers to be Displayed at Ashland University; May Event to Feature Lewis Scholar

C.S. Lewis Papers to be Displayed at Ashland University; May Event to Feature Lewis Scholar

A series of letters exchanged between novelist C.S. Lewis and former Ashland College professor Tom VanOsdall will be displayed on the Ashland University campus and accessible to the public as part of an event scheduled in early May.

“This May 7 event will highlight the relationship between C.S. Lewis and professor Tom VanOsdall during 1963 and the letters they exchanged,” said Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor of philosophy at Ashland University.

Ashland University Lectures to Discuss Current Issues

Ashland University Lectures to Discuss Current Issues

The Ashland University Religion Department is co-sponsoring two events on campus in early October. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, Carl Ralston and Nhu will share their story as part of a program titled “Remember Nhu: Ending Child Sex Slavery through Prevention.” This event, which is co-sponsored with the Office of Religious Life, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the lower area of the Chapel on College Avenue.

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