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bob fisher
Bob Fisher: What Really Matters
Aug. 22 | Chapel | 10 a.m.
Bob Fisher, in his 15th year as president of Belmont, will open the inaugural series of 10 a.m. worship services in the new Chapel. Dr. Fisher has led the University to extensive growth, including more than doubling enrollment, greatly expanding the physical campus and launching a range of new graduate and undergraduate programs. He previously served as a professor of economics, chief academic officer and Fulbright Scholar, and is the co-author of Real Dream Teams and Life Is a Gift. He and his wife Judy have been married for more than 40 years and have three children and eight grandchildren.
deborah haarsma
Deborah Haarsma: Evolution & God
Aug. 27 | Chapel | 10 a.m.
Dr. Deborah Haarsma is an MIT-trained physicist and president of the Biologos Foundation, which explores the intersection of science and faith. She is co-author of Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design and is part of the Cambridge University Faraday Institute’s Test of Faith multimedia curriculum.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Sciences & Mathematics and the American Scientific Affiliation

john perkins
John Perkins: Poverty and Justice
Sept. 3 | 
Chapel | 10 a.m.
John Perkins’ brother was murdered by police in Mississippi, and Dr. Perkins’ Civil Rights work resulted in repeated beatings and imprisonment. Despite dropping out of grade school, he has written 12 books, been awarded 12 honorary doctorates and founded two national organizations: the Christian Community Health Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association.
*Co-sponsored by the Social Entrepreneurship Program

frank page
Frank Page: Suicide and Hope
Sept. 5 | Chapel | 10 a.m.
Frank Page is the author of Melissa: A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide. He has a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and served for many years as a pastor and on President Obama’s Council on Faith-Based Partnerships. He is the President of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.
*Co-sponsored by Student Affairs
Sept. 8 & 10: Emerge: Spiritual Emphasis Week
donald miller
Donald Miller: Living a Better Story

Sept. 8 | MPAC | 10 a.m.
Donald Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Blue Like Jazz and Searching for God Knows What. He is the founder of Storyline, an organization that helps people engage their lives using the elements of story.
*Co-sponsored by the Office of Growth & Purpose for Students (GPS)
mike nawrocki
Mike Nawrocki: Veggie Tales
Sept. 10 |MPAC | 10 a.m.  
Mike Nawrocki is co-founder of Big Idea Productions which created "Veggie Tales," for which Mike is the voice of Larry the Cucumber, as well as a writer and director of both short and feature-length films.
*Co-sponsored by the Motion Pictures Program
rice broocks
Rice Broocks: God's Not Dead
Sept. 15 | MPAC | 10 a.m.
Rice Broocks has a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary and is the author of God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty, which inspired the most successful independent faith-based movie ever. Broocks is co-founder of the Every Nation family of 1,000 multi-ethnic churches in 60 countries.
*Co-sponsored by Student Affairs
bryan stevenson
Bryan Stevenson: Fighting Legal Injustice
Sept. 22 | Chapel | 10 a.m.
Bryan Stevenson will receive the 2014 Belmont College of Law Champions for Justice Award. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which furthers prison and sentencing reform with a focus on the death penalty and the mass incarceration of people of color. A graduate of both Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has received the American Bar Association’s Wisdom Award for Public Service, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award, Sweden’s Olaf Palme Prize and the Gruber Prize for Justice. He is professor at NYU School of Law and a lecturer at Harvard and Yale Law Schools.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office of Administration and University Counsel 
kyle rote
Kyle Rote: Sports and Faith
Sept. 29 | Chapel | 10 a.m.
Kyle Rote, Jr. was a member of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He is a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the author of four books.
*Co-sponsored by the Athletics Department
candy brown
Candy Brown: God and Healthcare
Oct. 1 | Chapel  | 10 a.m.
Candy G. Brown’s fourth book, The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America (Oxford Univ. Press), explores the widespread acceptance of alternative medicine that lacks scientific evidence for efficacy or safety, and is often premised on non-Christian religious theories. Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. from Harvard and teaches at Indiana University.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and the College of Pharmacy

pang foua yang rhodes
Pang Foua Yang Rhodes
Oct. 2 | Curb Event Center  | 7 p.m. First-Year Seminar Book Panel Discussion
Oct. 3 | Chapel | 10 a.m. Jesus and Immigrants
Pang Foua Yang Rhodes is a Hmong Marriage and Family Therapist with a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University, a Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her areas of clinical focus include spiritual development and immigrant mental health. She comes to Belmont in conjunction with the FYS Common Book for 2014, which deals with the Hmong experience in the U.S.
*A 2014–15 University Theme "Living in a Global Community" Event

alina-sarai and david gal-chis
Operation Christmas Child
Oct. 8 | Chapel | 10 a.m.
Alina-Sarai and David Gal-Chis are Belmont students and siblings who received Operation Christmas Child boxes in Romania as young children. They will kick off Belmont’s participation in OCC, a chance to fill shoe boxes with toys and practical items to share God’s love with children around the world.

bishop gregory mansour
Persecuted Christians
Oct. 22 | Chapel | 10 a.m.
Bishop Gregory Mansour is a leader of Christian Arab and Middle Eastern Churches Together (CAMECT), based in Lebanon, where he was ordained a bishop in 2004. He did his graduate work at the Catholic University of America, Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and at UCLA in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures program with an emphasis on Islamic studies.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Theology & Christian Ministry*


Justice and Missions Week

bryan howell
Monday, Oct. 27 | Chapel | 10 a.m.
Short-Term Missions
Brian Howell’s Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology gives him a unique vantage point to assess mission trips in his latest book Short-Term Mission. He teaches in the Sociology and Anthropology Dept. at Wheaton College, where he focuses on global Christianity and inequality.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and the Department of Sociology

dr. david and laurie vanderpool
Wednesday, Oct. 29 | Chapel | 10 a.m.

Haiti Missions 
David Vanderpool, M.D. is a trauma surgeon who along with his wife Laurie sold their home and medical practice in Brentwood, Tenn. to move to Thomazeau, Haiti to provide medical, educational and Christian growth opportunities through the organization they founded, Live Beyond. The U.S. office of Live Beyond is now on Belmont’s campus. A 2014–15 University Theme "Living in a Global Community" Event | *Co-Sponsored by the College of Health Sciences, the College of Theology & Christian Ministry and the College of Pharmacy

mike and jan bennett

Friday, Oct. 31 | Chapel | 10 a.m.
World Missions
Mike and Jan Bennett are the Belmont Missionaries-in-Residence for 2014–15. Mike was a partner in a law firm, and Jan was an ICU nurse prior to leaving the U.S. 15 years ago to reach out to fellow professionals in Caracas, Venezuela.

rick lytle
Rick Lytle: Faith-Informed Business
Nov. 5 | Chapel  | 10 a.m.
Rick Lytle, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Abilene Christian University, will talk about innovative ways to engage in business education in the context of a Christian university.
*Co-sponsored by the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics and the College of Business Administration
josh turner
Josh Turner
Nov. 12 | MPAC | 10 a.m.
Belmont alumnus Josh Turner has several #1 hit songs to his credit, is a double-platinum selling graduate of the School of Music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. His new book is Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood.
*Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business and the College of Visual & Performing Arts
caroline simon
Caroline Simon: Sex and the Soul
Nov. 19 | Chapel  | 10 a.m. 
Caroline Simon is the author of Bringing Sex into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity and The Disciplined Heart: Love, Destiny and Imagination. Dr. Simon is Provost of Whitworth University in Washington and editor of Mentoring for Mission: Nurturing New Faculty at Church-Related Colleges. She serves on the executive committee for the 1,000-member Society of Christian Philosophers.
*Co-sponsored by Student Affairs