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Speakers, Winter/Spring 2012

All of the events listed are free and open to the public.

Leading Change:  A Conversation with Peter E. Raskind
Kamm Lecture Series
Tuesday, January 17, 4 p.m.
Center for Innovation and Growth, 340 Front St.

A consultant to banks and private equity bank investors, Mr. Raskind applies thirty years of commercial banking experience to provide perspective on market opportunity, strategy, operations, asset quality and management. 

In a “townhall” format he will discuss his leadership experiences from being the CEO at National City Bank before the debacle and takeover by PNC Bank, to interim CEO of the Port Authority and the Cleveland Public Schools.

Raskind’s talk is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Preregistration required. Call 440-826-2253 or register online at this link.


James H. Cone, Ph.D.
Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 18, 8 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

A prominent theologian, tenacious voice for the oppressed and author of eleven books, Dr. Cone is best known for his groundbreaking works, Black Theology & Black Power and A Black Theology of Liberation. Those titles, along with the highly acclaimed God of the Oppressed and Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare?, have been translated into nine languages.

Cone’s theology is rooted in the context of the African-American experience. He says, “Being black in America has little to do with your skin color. Being black in America means that your heart, your soul, your mind, and your body are where the dispossessed are.”

An ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Cone has lectured at more than 1,000 universities and community organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Cosponsored by the MLKing Week Committee 

Beldon C. Lane
, Ph.D. -  "The Power of the Sacred Place: How Nature Engages the Soul
Theo and Belle Moll Lectures
February 15 at 7:30 p.m.; February 16 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
First two lectures: Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St.
Final Lecture: Strosacker Hall, Sandstone 3

“I came to the desert to find peace, to seek a safe place, to read deep consolation off steep canyon walls.” These are the words of Belden C. Lane, who will share “The Power of Sacred Place: How Nature Engages the Soul” in a three-part lecture series at BW in February.

Dr. Lane, a professor of theological studies at St. Louis University, has been introduced as “a Presbyterian minister teaching at a Roman Catholic University telling Jewish stories at the Vendanta Society.” He teaches on American religion, the history of spirituality, and the connections between geography and faith. An avid traveler, he is also the author of three books; most recently,  Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality.

The lectures will take place on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 16 at 10 a.m. in Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St., with the final talk taking place on Thursday, February 16 at 2 p.m. in Strosacker Hall, Sandstone 3, 120 E. Grand St. All three lectures are free and open to the public as part of the Moll Lecture series, established in memory of Theo and Belle Moll to nourish spiritual life at BW.  

Reza Aslan,
Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series
Thursday, March 22, 8 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

A powerful speaker who represents a generation of Muslims ready to usher in a new era of Islamic democracy, Dr. Reza Aslan is the Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.  An author and entrepreneur, he is committed to showing Americans the true face of Islam today.  He believes that extremism is winding down despite the media’s claims.

His international best seller No god but God:  The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam has been names by Blackwell Publishers as one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. 

Timothy Beal, Ph.D. - Religion and Politics in a Presidential Election Year
Marting Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sandstone 3, Strosacker Hall
Tim Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University and Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (in progress). He has published widely on the cultural history of the Bible, and religion and popular culture. 

His most recent book is The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book.

Dr. Beal was born in Hood River, Oregon, and grew up in Alaska, about twenty miles outside Anchorage. He and his wife, Clover Reuter Beal, a Presbyterian minister at Forest Hill Church in Cleveland Heights, reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio with their two kids, Sophie and Seth.

His family loves to travel together. In fact, Beal says his Roadside Religion book project "began with a family road trip -- a travel seminar, let's call it -- through the Bible Belt in a 29-foot rented motorhome."

Sponsored by the Department of Religion  


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