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 2017-18

Dr. Se KimDr. Se Kim (Sept. 25th, Spruill Ballroom, at 7pm)

Se Kim is the Associate Director of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society. DoSER builds upon AAAS’ mission to advance science and serve society by facilitating conversations between scientists and the largely religious public. Se oversees the variety of projects of the DoSER program, and enjoys implementing projects and mobilizing stakeholders for the purposes of promoting science appreciation. Prior to AAAS, Se was a NIH-funded post-doctoral fellow at Rice University. With a BS in Biochemistry and PhD in Molecular and Human Genetics, Se has research publications in fields of genetics, neuroscience, and plant biology. Se is currently interested in non-profit business management and pursuing a MBA degree at the University of Maryland. She is coming to Berry to speak on: “Faith and Science: Friends or Foes?” This is a free event, open to the public."

Dr. Vincent BacoteDr. Vincent Bacote (Jan. 29th, Spruill Ballroom, at 7pm) 

Vincent Bacote (Ph.D., Drew University) is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  He is author of several books and he has been a regular columnist for Comment and has also had articles appear in magazines such as Books and Culture,Christianity Today, Think Christian and re:generation quarterly and journals such as The Journal of Markets and Morality, Christian Scholars Review, Urban Mission and the Journal for Christian Theological Research. He has also contributed to The High Calling and blog of The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics. He is a fellow of the Center for Public Justice, and a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. He is coming to Berry to speak on: “Faith and Politics: What’s the Connection?” This is a free event, open to the public.

Dr. Amy ShermanDr. Amy Sherman (Mar. 26th, Krannert Ballroom at 7pm) 

Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. Named by Christianity Today in 2012 as one of the 50 most influential Evangelical women in America, Sherman is the author of six books and over 80 articles in a variety of periodicals including First Things, The Public Interest, Policy Review, The Christian Century,Christianity Today, and Books & Culture. Sherman works closely with Made to Flourish, a pastors network for the common good focused on issues of faith and work. Her most recent book, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, was awarded “Book of the Year” status in the Christian living category by CT. Sherman is the founder and former executive director of a Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, an urban ministry in Charlottesville, VA. She served for several years as a volunteer Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission. She earned her B.A. in political science at Messiah College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in international economic development from the University of Virginia.