Spring 2018 Forum Schedule

Forum is Bluffton's weekly gathering of students, faculty, and staff for interdisciplinary conversation and discovery. Forum begins at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Rev.DanielHughes_forum18Jan. 16,  Yoder Recital Hall
Martin Luther King Jr. day forum
Rev. Daniel Hughes ’03, pastor, Price Hill Campus, Shiloh United Methodist Church

"JUST LOVE—Justice and Love Ignites Faith in the Beloved Community”
The United Methodist minister, community leader and Bluffton alumnus presents a faith lab offering experiences of spiritual connection in a fragmented and broken world.

amlinda Berry_forum18Jan. 23, Yoder Recital Hall
Dr. Malinda Berry, assistant professor of theology and ethics,
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminar

“In Praise of Being Different: Nonconformity, Integrity and Being Christian”
The seminary professor develops a political theology based in shalom—the holistic vision of biblical peace.


SarahThompson_forum18Jan. 30, Yoder Recital Hall
Keeney Peace Lecture
Sarah Thompson, 2018 Generations Fellow, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

“From Charlottesville to Congo to Cleveland: The State of Nonviolence”
The peace and justice advocate discusses emerging tactics in the struggle for nonviolent social change.


Feb. 6 
cross cultural fourm 18OPTION 1: CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCES, Yoder Recital Hall
Bluffton University students report on their fall 2017 semester experience studying in Guatemala.




Dean Walters forurn 18OPTION 2: FIRST TUESDAY IN THE LIBRARY, Musselman Library Reading Room
Dean Walters ’18, Bluffton student, Avon, Ohio

“Identifying Novel Chemical Compounds to Inhibit the Development of Cancer”
The senior biology and pre-med major discusses his research for a paid internship at the National Institutes
of Health during summer 2017.


Bluffton University students report on their semester experience at the Washington Community Scholars’ Center in Washington, D.C.

Matthew Yoder forum 18Feb. 13, Yoder Recital Hall
spiritual life Forum
Rev. Matthew Yoder, pastor, Grace Mennonite Church

“Failure and Spiritual Growth in Myth, Marvel and the Age of Social Media”
A local Mennonite pastor explores the hidden gift of failure through the lens of ancient stories, Marvel comics and how we use social media.

Feb. 20, Yoder Recital Hall
Student senate forum
Student Senate presidential debate 


MichelleLloydPaige_fourm 18Kevin William -forum18Feb. 27, Yoder Recital Hall
student life Forum
Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige, executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion, Calvin College 

Kevin Williams, director of residence life, Bluffton University

“‘Diversity Matters’: From the Author’s Point of View”
Two authors included in the edited volume “Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity and the Future of Christian Higher Education” discuss insights from their work as professionals in Christian higher education.

March 13
Dr Susan Hyatt_forum18Option 1: WOMEN'S STUDIES FORUM, Yoder Recital Hall
Dr. Susan B. Hyatt, chair and professor of anthropology, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis

“Water is Life, Meters Out!’ Revisiting the Lower Grange Campaign for Water Justice”
The anthropology professor enumerates the health and financial problems resulting from privatization of water and sewage systems around the world.


KennethBeeker_18Option 2: FIRST TUESDAY IN THE LIBRARY, Musselman Library Reading Room
Kenneth Beeker ‘18, Bluffton student, McComb, Ohio

“Deconstructing David Barton: Possession and Particularity in Partisan History Writing”
The senior majoring in both communication and history presents his departmental honors project—
a rhetorical analysis of the revisionist historical writing of David Barton.


March 20
AaronWilliams_forum18Option 1: alumni forum, Yoder Recital Hall
Aaron Williams ’05, founder, Unbound Holdings and chief executive officer, EkoMovers

“The True Price of Entrepreneurship”
The business owner, real estate investor and Bluffton alumnus considers the many ways that business ownership impacts communities and the world by creating jobs and opportunities.


SteveNolt_forum18Option 2:  C. HENRY SMITH PEACE LECTURE, Stutzman Lecture Hall
Dr. Steven M. Nolt, senior scholar, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, and professor of history and Anabaptist studies, Elizabethtown College

“Place, Race and Pacifism among Virginia Mennonites in the 1990s”
The well-published Anabaptist historian examines the debate over military service and conscientious objection in the increasingly diverse Mennonite community of Virginia’s Tidewater area—home to a concentration of military bases and contractors.

WilliamHawk fourm 18March 27, Yoder Recital Hall
Dr. William J. Hawk ’72, professor of philosophy and ethical reasoning in action, James Madison University

“Getting Past ‘What Happens in the Ethics Classroom Stays in the Ethics Classroom:’
A Strategy for Better Decision Making”
The professor and Bluffton alumnus reports on research that suggests how ethics instruction can improve “real-world” decision making.

April 3
MichaelMears forum18OPTION 1: Yoder Recital Hall
Michael Mears, British actor and playwright
Jake Short ’10, administrative and outreach coordinator, Center for Conscience and War
Maria Santelli, executive director, Center for Conscience and War

“100 Years of Conscientious Objection to War: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance and Civil Liberties from World War I through Today”
The actor/playwright and staff from the Center for Conscience and War, including a Bluffton alumnus, discuss the history of conscientious objection to war and its evolution under the law and practice from World War I through today.

LauraGalley forum18OPTION 2: FIRST TUESDAY IN THE LIBRARY, Musselman Library Reading Room
Laura Galley ’18, Bluffton student, Indianapolis, Ind.

“Nutrition Assessment of Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen, Hancock County, Indiana”
The senior dietetics major discusses her departmental honors project, which assesses the food quality at an Indiana soup kitchen where she worked as an intern during summer 2017.


MichaelMears_forum 18OPTION 3: EVENING FORUM, 7 p.m., Yoder Recital Hall
Michael Mears, actor and playwright from the United Kingdom 

Play: “This Evil Thing”
The one-person play explores the experiences of conscientious objectors in Great Britain during World War I.


JonathanAndreas forum18April 10, Yoder Recital Hall
Civic engagement lecture
Dr. Jonathan Andreas, associate professor of economics, Bluffton University

“Worthy of Honor”
The Bluffton economics professor explores the relationship of personal virtue to communities and institutions that seek to bring out what President Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature.”

April 17, Yoder Recital Hall
Athletics awards forum

April 24, Yoder Recital Hall
Academic awards forum