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 2019-19

Lumen Lecture Monday October 1st 7pm Spurill Ballroom
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Dr. David Taylor - “Anger, Violence, and the Psalms”
David Taylor is Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary as well as the director of Brehm Texas, an initiative that seeks the renewal of the church through the arts. He is the author ofThe Theater of God's Glory: Calvin, Creation and the Liturgical Arts (Eerdmans: 2017). He edited For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (Baker Books: 2010) and served as co-editor ofContemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds (IVP Academic: 2017). Up and coming books include, Worship and the Arts: Singular Powers and the Formation of a Human Life, and Honest to God: The Psalms and the Life of Faith. A pastor for ten years in Austin, Texas, he has lectured widely on the arts. In 2016 he produced a short film on the psalms with Bono and Eugene Peterson. An ordained Anglican priest, he lives in Houston with his family
 
Life & Calling Lecture Monday January 14th 7pm Spurill Ballroom
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Dr. Rebecca DeYoung - “The Art of Spiritual Formation: Glittering Vices and Graced Virtues”
Rebecca DeYoung (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) has taught ethics and the history of ancient and medieval philosophy at Calvin College for the past 20 years.  Her research focuses on the seven deadly sins and Aquinas’s work on virtue. Her books include Glittering Vices, Vainglory , and Aquinas’s Ethics. Awards for her work include the Book and Essay Prize from the Character Project and the C.S. Lewis prize for Glittering Vices.
 
 Lumen Lecture Thursday March 28th 7pm Spurill Ballroom
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Dr. Norman Wirzba - “The Spirituality of Eating: Everything Depends on It”
Norman Wirzba is the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Theology and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Duke University, Divinity School. He is also a Senior Fellow at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. He is the author of several books, including Way of Love, From Nature to Creation, and Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating. When he is not teaching or writing, he likes to work in his garden, bake cakes, and play guitar.