Matt Dickerson, PhD '89
Friday, Sep 18, 2015
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Imagination may be one of the greatest gifts God has given to — or created into — his image-bearing human creatures. And that imagination is a vitally important aspect of our reason, or creativity, our language, and even our ability to enter into and understand and honor scripture. To be persons created in the image of God is to be creative and imaginative. The church, however, has not always valued or nurtured the imagination. Matthew Dickerson will explore the importance of our imagination, and look at ways the church can (and needs to) cultivate and disciple the imagination of its members.
In 1989, Matthew Dickerson earned his PhD in Computer Science at Cornell University where he also studied Old English Language and Literature. That same year (1988-89), he and his newlywed wife Deborah helped plant New Life Presbyterian Church in Ithaca. Since then, he has been a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, the faculty advisor for the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship group there, and for twelve years the Director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf.
He has written several books and book chapters and taught numerous college classes on the writings of C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien in particular, and on mythic and fantastic literature in general. He is an internationally known scholar on the works of J.R.R.Tolkien. His books in this area include Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien (with Jonathan Evans, 2006), Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis (with David O'Hara, 2009), From Homer to Harry Potter: a Handbook of Myth and Fantasy (with David O'Hara, 2006) and most recently A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R.Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
Matthew Dickerson is also the author of many creative and imaginative works of his own. His most recent work of fiction is a new fantasy novel titled The Gifted (Volume 1 of the Daegmon War), published in May of 2015 by AMG. He has also published two medieval historical novels: The Finnsburg Encounter (Crossway Books, 1991) and The Rood and the Torc: the Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn (Wings Press, 2014). His works of creative non-fiction include Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia (with by O’Hara, Cascade Press, 2014) and a forthcoming series with Wings Press that will begin in the fall of 2015 with the volume Trout in the Desert: On Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest. He has three sons: one entering his third year of graduate school, one entering his final semester of undergraduate education, and one who will start college in the Fall of 2016. About the book Downstream, Eugene Peterson has said, "From its early pages I was riveted. Their language is exuberant but also disciplined. It didn't take me long to know that it would soon take its place on my bookshelf alongside John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. They are that good.'' One of the essays from Downstream, which appears as the cover story in the current (July-August 2015) issue of Books & Culture, is available here: "The Clear Cut, the Cut Throat, and the Cascade Effect."
Dr. Dickerson's visit is co-sponsored by the New York State Presbytery (PCA).
Visit Chesterton House on Homecoming Weekend
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
While Cornell is celebrating Homecoming, Chesterton House is welcoming you to stop by our home! Join us for an Open House on Homecoming Saturday to learn more about Christian living and learning at Cornell.
This open house is for...
Chesterton House is a Center for Christian Studies that is designed to partner with other Christian organizations and serve the entire campus. Students involved in Chesterton House courses, programs, and residences are also involved in a wide variety of other campus groups, including CRU, Chi Alpha, Chinese Bible Study, InterVarsity, Christian Legal Society, Cornell Faith & Action, Cornell International Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Graduate Christian Fellowship, Navigators, Johnson Christian Fellowship, and others. Join us for fellowship and a facility tour. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Holland, '78
Friday, Oct 23, 2015
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Alan T. and Linda M. Beimfohr Lecture will be held during this year's Trustee-Council Annual Meeting (TCAM) weekend.
America faces a crossroads. Will the racial crises of Baltimore, Charleston, Ferguson, and Staten Island rage ad infinitum? Or will the founding principles of justice and equality be revivified in ways that will finally fulfill the dream of which Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently spoke? American history demonstrates an enduring dynamic between Christian witness and racial justice. What will the future hold?
Joseph H. Holland ("Holland") is a graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. and was an All-American football player. He has served on the University's Board of Trustees for twelve years before being appointed Trustee Emeritus. He holds his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and is a real estate developer, ordained minister, Harlem-based attorney and civic leader with twenty-five years of experience working in prominent organizations in law, business and government.
After law school, Holland relocated to Harlem where he established a real estate law practice and a holistic outreach ministry. He became legal counsel to Christ Community Church of Harlem and was ordained by its pastor, the late Rev. Linnette Williamson. He served as co-pastor and started Harkhomes, a shelter for homeless men. Stemming from his work with the homeless, Mr. Holland conceived Holistic Hardware www.holistichardware.com, a life and job skills program for restoring lives in crisis. He also held various government positions related to housing and has receieved numerous awards and honors for both his business and community-building initiatives including presidential recognition for his work.
Read more about Joe's memoir, From Harlem With Love (Lantern, 2012).
The Alan T. and Linda M. Beimfohr Lecture is made possible by Carl '76 and Elaine Neuss of Laguna Niguel, CA, in honor of the Beimfohrs' longtime commitment to Cornell. The late Alan Beimfohr was a 1966 graduate of Cornell's College of Engineering, co-founder of Knightsbridge Asset Management, a former President of the Cornell Alumni Association of Southern California, and a member of the Advisory Council to the Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan MFE program. The lecture series is designed to bring a public intellectual to Cornell to address issues related to faith in a pluralistic society.