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 2015-16

GS_VVitaleDr. Vince Vitale (November 2, 2015, 7:00PM in Spruill Ballroom) is Tutor in Philosophy and Mission at Wycliffe Hall, a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and a speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Before coming to Oxford, Vince taught in the Philosophy and Religion Departments of his alma mater, Princeton University, where as an undergraduate he took an unexpected journey that led him to put his trust in God. While at Princeton, Vince served as Faculty Director of the campus ministry Athletes in Action. Vince’s primary research interests are in philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, and ethical theory, areas that converged in his doctoral work on ‘the problem of evil’. He and Ravi Zacharias have co-authored the book Why Suffering? Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.

GS_BTaylorBarbara Brown Taylor (March 28, 2016, 7:00PM in Spruill Ballroom) is a New York Times best-selling author, professor, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, learning to walk in the Dark, was featured in TIME magazine. She has served on the faculty of Piedmont College since 1998 as the Butman Professor of Religion & Philosophy and has been a guest lecturer at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale. Taylor and her husband Ed live on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians, sharing space with wild turkeys, red foxes, white-tailed deer and far too many chickens.