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melinda doolittle
Melinda Doolittle: Beyond Me
Aug. 28 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Belmont alumna Melinda Doolittle became a household name on American Idol. She tells her story of overcoming adversity and pursuing her dreams in her autobiography Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level.
*Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business 
shane claiborne
Shane Claiborne
Sept. 4 | MPAC | 10 a.m.
Shane has spent time on the streets of Calcutta working with Mother Teresa and on the staff of a Chicago mega-church. He helped found The Simple Way, a Christian community in inner city Philadelphia that has spawned numerous ministries and an international movement called The New Monasticism. His books include Ordinary Radicals, Jesus for President and Irresistible Revolution.
*Co-sponsored by the School of Religion

don miller
Donald Miller
Sept. 9 | MPAC | 10 a.m.
Sept. 9 | Neely Hall | 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 | 
MPAC | 10 a.m.
Donald Miller is the founder of Storyline, an organization that helps people plan their lives using the elements of story. He is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers including Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He is also the founder of The Mentoring Project, a non-profit helping to provide mentors for fatherless children. Don currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
*Co-sponsored by Growth & Purpose for Students 

andrew white
Andrew White: Vicar of Baghdad
Sept. 13 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Rev. Dr. Andrew White is the Chaplain of St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq. Over 6,000 people, including 600 Muslims, are connected to the church, which is the largest in Iraq and operates a medical clinic and food program. Andrew studied at both Cambridge University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He served as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, is the author of seven books, and has won the Three Faith’s Forum Prize for Inter-Faith Relations and the International Council of Christians and Jews Prize for Intellectual Contribution to Jewish-Christian Relations.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences 
nicole baker fulgham
Nicole Baker Fulgham: Educational Inequity

Sept. 18 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project, which trains faith-motivated advocates to help close the achievement gap in public schools. Dr. Fulgham’s academic work focuses on urban education policy and teacher preparation. She taught for Teach for America and advanced to become Vice President of Teacher Training. She is the author of a new book, Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can Do to Help Improve Low-income Public Schools for Kids.
*Co-sponsored by the Social Entrepreneurship Program 
the mccrary sisters

McCrary Sisters: Our Journey

Sept. 20 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.  
The McCrary sisters have spent a lifetime in the world of Americana and gospel music, recording with Stevie Wonder, Johnnie Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis and Patty Griffin and performing with the BC&M (Baptist, Catholic & Methodist) Mass Choir. Their latest album is All the Way. 
*Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business
helen shores lee
Helen Shores Lee: Dynamite Hill
Sept. 25 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Helen Shores Lee lived on “Dynamite Hill” in Birmingham, where 50 unsolved bombings took place during the Jim Crow era. Her father was a prominent Civil Rights attorney who worked on Brown v. Board of Education and was a confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr. The family was a target of the Ku Klux Klan, including two bombings of their home. Judge Lee was appointed Circuit Judge of the Tenth Judicial Court of Alabama and became the first African-American woman to serve in such a position. Her family’s story is recounted in her new book The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill
*Co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office of Administration & General Counsel
korey pollard
Korey Pollard: Faith & Film
Sept. 27 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Korey Pollard helps direct the new ABC series Nashville. His television credits include HBO’s Deadwood, FOX’s House, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and CBS’ CSI. His movie credits include Spy Kids 2, Thirteen Days, Waterworld, GI Jane and Stand By Me. He has spoken at universities across the country about living out one’s faith in the midst of the entertainment industry. 
*Co-sponsored by the Motion Pictures Program
oksana nelson
Oksana Nelson: Operation Christmas Child
Oct. 2 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Operation Christmas Child has sent 100 million shoe boxes to needy children around the world. Oksana was a Russian orphan when she received her first shoe box. Along with the toys and games, the box contained a toothbrush, the very first one she could call her own. Oksana was later adopted by a family in the U.S. and has since become a spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child, encouraging all of us to pack boxes to send to kids around the world. 
*Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs 
ian hutchinson
Ian Hutchinson: Science vs. "Scientism"
Oct. 4 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Ian Hutchinson is Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at M.I.T. He received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. at the Australian National University. He is the author of 200 journal articles and the standard textbook Principles of Plasma Diagnostics, as well as Monopolizing Knowledge: A Scientist Refutes Religion-denying, Reason-destroying Scientism. He speaks internationally on the relationship of science and faith.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Department of Physics 

shaun groves
Shaun Groves: Sponsor One Child
Oct. 16 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Of the million-plus children sponsored through Compassion International, many thousands have received the spiritual and physical help they need as a result of Shaun’s work as a voice for children around the world. He has won ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year and recently released his latest album Third World Symphony.


Justice and Missions Week: African Crisis & Hope

Monday, Oct. 21 
Blood:Water Mission
Jena Lee Nardella, Founder & President

Wednesday, Oct. 23
Blood:Water Mission
Mike Lenda, Director of Partnerships

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Guy Gilchrist: "Nancy" in Fatih & Comics

Oct. 30 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Guy Gilchrist was selected to draw Jim Henson’s The Muppets cartoon strip and then moved on to do Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry and The Pink Panther. He now writes and draws the comic strip Nancy, continuing a tradition that began in the 1930s and has become a worldwide phenomenon appearing in over 800 newspapers.
*Co-sponsored by the Art Department

lisa graham mcminn
Lisa Graham McMinn: Sex & the Soul
Nov. 6 | MPAC  | 10 a.m.
Lisa Graham McMinn taught for20 years in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at George Fox University in Oregon. Dr. McMinn’s books include Growing Strong Daughters, Sexuality and Holy Longing and The Contented Soul. Her articles appear in Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Sociology of Religion, Journal of Psychology and Theology, and Research on Christian Higher Education.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Health Sciences School of Social Work
rhonda and douglas jacobsen
Rhonda & Douglas Jacobsen: Faith Goes to College
Nov. 8 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Rhonda and Douglas Jacobsen’s latest book is No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education (Oxford University Press, 2012), which draws on conversations with hundreds of professors, administrators and students. Their other publications include The American University in a Postsecular Age and Scholarship and Christian Faith. “Jake” is Distinguished Professor of Church History & Theology and Rhonda is Professor of Psychology and Director of Faculty Development at Messiah College.
*Sponsored by the Teaching Center and the School of Religion
mike espy
Mike Espy: God at Work
Nov. 13 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m. 
Mike Espy was the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture and the first African-American Congressman elected in Mississippi since Reconstruction. He was appointed as Class Counsel in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill federal lawsuit and now works with Morgan & Morgan, the nation’s largest plaintiff’s law firm. Internationally, he participates in large-scale agricultural development programs in a number of Third World countries. 
*Co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office of Administration & General Counsel
sundo kim
Sundo Kim: Jesus in Asia
Nov. 15 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Bishop Dr. Sundo Kim has led Kwanglim Methodist Church in Seoul, South Korea for 30 years. It is now the largest Methodist church in the world, with 25,000 members. He has also served as Chair of the Board of World Vision Korea. 
*Co-sponsored by the School of Religion
fred luter
Fred Luter: One New Humanity

Nov. 20 | Neely Hall  | 10 a.m.
Rev. Fred Luter, Jr., is the first African-American President of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. He also serves as Senior Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans in the Lower Ninth Ward, which grew from 65 to 7,000 members, thanks to sharing the love of Christ in word and deed through their clothes and food pantries, ESL and adult literacy ministries, and outreach to the homeless and prisoners.