On Deck Speaker Series: KEN ILGUNAS, Trespassing across America: One Man's Epic Hike along the Keystone XL Pipeline
Thursday, September 12th — (11:00 a.m.)
Author, journalist, and Alaskan backcountry ranger Ken Ilgunas walked 1,700 miles across North America, following the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. This was the first modern journey across private property on which he trespassed over the Great Plains, a land of stampeding cows, charging moose, and climate-change deniers. He will talk about the people of the heartland, the right to roam, and the stories that form the basis of his book, Trespassing across America. This event, sponspored by The Lighthouse, will be held in the auditorium in Blocker Hall.
On Deck Speaker Series: ANDREW TOBLOWSKY, Antiquity in Antiquity: How Ancient Israelites and Greeks Understood Where They Came From
Thursday, September 26th — (11:00 a.m.)
Toblowsky researches religions of the ancient Mediterranean, particularly highlighting the unique connections between the classical Greek world and that of the ancient Israelites. In this lecture, Toblowsky will discuss how the peoples of ancient Israel and Greece lived in a world that they already understood to be very ancient and how they took delight in describing the exploits of heroes of old. Without either the ability or inclination to research as modern historians do, however, ancient historians relied on traditional sources of knowledge, and on systems, like genealogies and lists that organized that knowledge. As a result, they created inherently fluid visions of the past, which was repeatedly reshaped through competitions between storytellers. This event is sponsored by The Lighthouse.
On Deck Speaker Series: SAM KEAN, Spoons and Thumbs: Funny, Spooky, Poignant, and Completely True Science Stories
Thursday, October 24th — (11:00 a.m.)
Join bestselling author Sam Kean as he spins science stories from several of his award-winning books, including Caesar’s Last Breath and The Violinist’s Thumb. Among the topics he will discuss are the joys of the periodic, the perils and promise of the human genome, and the enduring mysteries of neuroscience. This event, sponsored by The Lighthouse, will be held in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.
On Deck Speaker Series: The Christians, a play by Lucas Hnath
Thursday, October 31st — (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Pastor Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his church's belief. Virginia Wesleyan’s Theatre Department, in association with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the Music Department, presents a play about faith in America today and the trouble with changing your mind. Directed by Professor of Theatre Sally Shedd. A discussion immediately follows the performance. This event, sponsored by The Lighthouse, will be in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.
On Deck Speaker Series: BETH BIENVENU, Arts for All
Thursday, November 7th — (11:00 a.m.)
Beth Bienvenu, Accessibility Director for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will offer insight into the NEA’s Creative Forces, a partnership between the NEA, the Department of Defense, and Veterans Affairs that serves the needs of military patients and veterans with traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions along with their families and caregivers. Creative arts therapies have become central to patient-centered care at clinics, telehealth programs, and community arts activities. This event, sponsored by The Lighthouse and the Arts@VWU, will be held in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.
On Deck Speaker Series: AUSTEN HARTKE, Transgender and Christian: A Coming Out and Coming Home Story
Thursday, November 21st — (11:00 a.m.)
Too often the world tells LGBTQ+ people that they must choose either their identity or their faith. But what if there was a third option? Join author Austen Hartke as he shares his experience of coming out as a transgender Christian, from his childhood in non-affirming churches to the Bible stories that gave him strength as an adult in seminary. This event, sponsored by The Lighthouse, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Women’s and Gender Studies, will be held in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.