GUEST SPEAKERS

Berry has a long history of distinguished guest speakers who have discussed important topics related to Christian faith and learning.  Some notable speakers from our past have included Martin Marty, Gerald McDermott, Peter Marshall, Alvin Plantiga, Michael Novak, Tony Dungy, and Ben Carson.

It is the pleasure of the Chaplain’s Office to host guest speakers each semester who provide stimulating lectures and discussions on matters of faith and higher learning.  These speakers come from a variety of backgrounds and speak on a variety of topics.  Each guest brings together the student body, faculty, and the Rome community for an enriching learning experience.  Below is a list of speakers for this academic year.  Coming soon, visitors will be able to hear recordings of these excellent lectures.  Be sure to visit frequently to get updates on the latest guests and topics.

Guest Speakers 2014-15:


Guest AndersonMatthew Lee Anderson – Writer, Speaker, Mere Orthodoxy Blogger

Formation Conference: September 12th and 13th 2014 in the College Chapel

Matthew Lee Anderson is at the head of a class of young Christian intellectuals who sharpen their minds by way of the blogosphere. Since his 2004 graduation from Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute, he has held jobs in book publishing and finance. But he lives through his blog, Mere Orthodoxy, which has won a small, loyal audience with its ruminations on political theory, ecclesiology, anthropology, and other rarified topics.

Matthew will be speaking at Berry’s Formation Conference alongside worship leader, Aaron Keyes.  The Conference is open to all Berry students.


Guest GarberDr. Steve Garber – Founder and Principal for the Washington Institute for Faith Vocation and Culture

Vocation Lecture: October 20th 2014 in the Krannert Ballroom at 7:00pm

As the Founder and Principal of the Washington Institute, the heart of his own calling is that people understand the integral character of faith, vocation, and culture. Author of The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior (Second Ed., 2007) and Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good (2013), he writes frequently for Comment and Critique, and in addition was a contributor to the volumes Faith Goes to Work: Reflections From the Marketplace, and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue, as well as to the Mars Hill Audio journal, “Tacit Knowing, Truthful Knowing: The Life and Work of Michael Polanyi.” For many years he taught on Capitol Hill in the American Studies Program, and then became the Scholar-in-Residence for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He serves as a board member for Ransom Fellowship, the Blood:Water Mission, A Rocha, and the Telos Project, and as a consultant for the Wedgwood Circle, the Murdock Trust, the Demdaco Corporation and the Mars Corporation.


Guest HauerwasDr. Stanley Hauerwas – Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke University

Lumen Lecture: November 17th 2014 in the Krannert Ballroom at 7:00pm

Professor Hauerwas has sought to recover the significance of the virtues for understanding the nature of the Christian life. This search has led him to emphasize the importance of the church, as well as narrative for understanding Christian existence. His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics. He was named "America’s Best Theologian" by Time magazine in 2001. Dr. Hauerwas, who holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School, delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2001.

His book, A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic,"was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century. Dr. Hauerwas recently authored Matthew: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2006) and The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God, (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007).


Guest MarshDr. Charles Marsh – Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies at University of Virginia

Lumen Lecture: January 26th 2015 in the Krannert Ballroom at 7:00pm

Charles Marsh is the Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and director of the Project on Lived Theology. He was born in Mobile, Alabama and educated at Gordon College, Harvard University and the University of Virginia. He has served as the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Visiting Professor at Humboldt University, Berlin, and was a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts. Among his numerous books is "God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights", which won the 1998 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. His most recent book, "Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer" was published on May 1, 2014 by Knopf/Random House.


Guest SmithDr. James K.A. Smith – Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College

Lumen Lecture: March 16th 2015 in the Krannert Ballroom at 7:00pm

James K.A. Smith teaches philosophy and theology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, having previously taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He has been a visiting professor at Fuller Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and Regent College in Vancouver, BC. Originally trained in philosophical theology and contemporary French philosophy, Smith's work is focused on cultural criticism informed by the Christian theological tradition. His more popular writing has also appeared in magazines such as the Christian Century, Christianity Today, First Things, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and others.