Q Union Video Conference
Friday, Oct 27, 2017
Chesterton House is hosting a viewing of the Q Union conference of "Healing Our Divided Nation." Q Union brings the Q experience to universities around the nation by teaming up with campus leaders for a unique evening that combines nationally broadcasted talks with curated live presentations from our students.
David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the bestselling author of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement; Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There; and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. He has three children and lives in Maryland.
Jason Petty, also known as Propaganda, is a Los Angeles-based hip-hop and spoken word artist who aims to communicate in any creative form possible. He’s an intellectual, a poet, political activist, academic & emcee with degrees in illustration & intercultural studies in addition to songs that have landed on Billboard's Top Christian, Top Gospel, and Rap music charts. Growing up black in a mexican neighborhood and later a suburban all-white neighborhood, he is armed with a bold message of alliance and has assembled a body of work that both challenges & reaches across the spectrum of pop culture. Propaganda is an advocate for the value of human life and seeks to empower people through art and social justice.
Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is an author of numerous books including Growing Young and Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World. Coinciding with her extensive research, focus groups, interviews and observations on the effects technology has on this generation, Kara has also done extensive work and analysis of how technology affects human relationships.
Come and join us!
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
All welcome for fun, food & fellowship.
Friday Conversation with Dr. Michael Stevens
Friday, Oct 20, 2017
Dr. Michael Stevens believes Wendell Berry is a crucial voice for the world today, and more particularly, for Christians. His book, written with co-author Dr. Matthwe Bonzo, "Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life" evaluates Wendell Berry’s writings theologically, addressing themes congruent with contemporary theological concerns while acknowledging ways Berry’s vision can be adopted and lived. It’s no secret that Bonzo and Stevens find Berry to be a profound writer who provides the church with a new vision of life. While Berry’s writing is unlike traditional theological writing, the authors affirm Hauerwas’ statement at the end of the Gifford Lectures in “The Necessity of Witness” when he “offers John Paul II, John Howard Yoder, and Wendell Berry as crucial voices exhorting the church to a properly countercultural vision of life.” Though Berry seems like a “surprising inclusion” in this list, Bonzo and Stevens argue it is because Berry “represents the fullest embodiment of telling ‘the Story’ through stories…Berry’s work is precisely the sort of ‘renarration’ that can bring healing and make visible the call to ‘practice resurrection’” (35).
Dr. Michael Stevens, author of "Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life"
Thursday, Oct 19, 2017
Dr. Michael Stevens believes Wendell Berry is a crucial voice for the world today, and more particularly, for Christians. His book, written with co-author Dr. Matthew Bonzo, "Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life" evaluates Wendell Berry’s writings theologically, addressing themes congruent with contemporary theological concerns while acknowledging ways Berry’s vision can be adopted and lived. It’s no secret that Bonzo and Stevens find Berry to be a profound writer who provides the church with a new vision of life. While Berry’s writing is unlike traditional theological writing, the authors affirm Hauerwas’ statement at the end of the Gifford Lectures in “The Necessity of Witness” when he “offers John Paul II, John Howard Yoder, and Wendell Berry as crucial voices exhorting the church to a properly countercultural vision of life.” Though Berry seems like a “surprising inclusion” in this list, Bonzo and Stevens argue it is because Berry “represents the fullest embodiment of telling ‘the Story’ through stories…Berry’s work is precisely the sort of ‘renarration’ that can bring healing and make visible the call to ‘practice resurrection’” (35).
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Au Sable Fellows & Graduate Christian Fellowship.
Free pizza will be provided!
Dr. Marisa Cristina March
Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017
Dr. Marisa Cristina March is a cosmologist who specializes in dark energy science research, a field that seeks to understand the acceleration of the Universe. Dr. March is a member of the ground based Dark Energy Survey where she works on supernova cosmology and observes at CTIO’s Blanco Telescope. Dr. March has worked on galaxy lensing for European Space Agency’s future Euclid space mission, she was a Post Doctoral Research Assistant at Penn’s David Rittenhouse Laboratory and prior to that a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. Dr. March studied theoretical physics at Imperial College London, where she also carried out her doctoral research on advanced statistical methods for astrophysical probes of cosmology; she also holds a Bachelors degree in Catholic Theology from Heythrop College London.
This lecture is a St. Albert The Great Forum hosted by the Cornell Catholic Community.
Join the film's screenwriter - Fred Foote '82 for this event
Sunday, Oct 15, 2017
Fred is a cum laude graduate of Cornell University (1982) and a graduate of Harvard Law School (1987). Since 1989 Fred has been involved with the First National Bank of America and its holding company (collectively, “First National”). He has been involved in First National’s purchase of tax liens, seller-carryback notes, loan portfolios, and the origination of both conforming and non-conforming residential loans. In 2002 Fred was recognized as one of the country’s 10 leaders in the private mortgage (seller-carryback) industry.
Fred is also the principal screenwriter of a feature film set against the backdrop of the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial (1925) entitled Alleged. This movie is a romantic drama that focuses on a young reporter in Dayton who finds himself increasingly caught in a web of lies involving the trial, his home town, the media (especially H.L. Mencken), and eugenics.
Friday Conversation with James Noronha ‘09
Friday, Oct 13, 2017
James Noronha (B.S. Engineering '09) was a member of Fellowship of
Christian Athletes and Naval ROTC at Cornell. He went into the Marines
after graduation, deploying to the Pacific and the Afghan War. After
leaving the military he spent a year in Jordan dedicated to missions and
learning Arabic language and culture. He helped start a gym there as part
of a team using the camaraderie of athletics to build connections to share
the gospel. James currently works at Turbocam, an international engineering
company dedicated to honoring God through their work and supporting
Christian service around the world. He manages a division, leads intern
development, and is exploring new locations to start manufacturing. He
volunteers at Athletes Intervarsity at the University of New Hampshire,
where he enjoys sharing his excitement in what God calls us to, and
equipping students to use their skills in athletics and business in God's
Claritas Conversation with Michael Chen
Friday, Sep 22, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Rev. Michael S. Chen serves the CCO as Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry, and he spent his formative growing-up years on the icy tundra of Minnesota in a majority Swedish and Lutheran culture, where he learned to inhabit a “ScandanAsian” identity. Voted “most likely to be beamed up by aliens” in high school, he was an eccentric fellow who was getting all A’s but realized that he was flunking life. The mystery and beauty of a more compelling figure than himself set him on a new path. Recruited to play ice hockey at Dartmouth College, he discovered a passion for ministry, earned a degree in sociology, and attended Princeton Seminary for his Master of Divinity.
Evening Lecture with Kyle David Bennett
Friday, Sep 15, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Claritas Conversation with Dr. Kyle David Bennett
Friday, Sep 15, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Spiritual disciplines are often viewed primarily as a means to draw us closer to God. While these practices do deepen and enrich our "vertical" relationship with God, Kyle David Bennett argues that they were originally designed to positively impact our "horizontal" relationships--with neighbors, strangers, enemies, friends, family, animals, and even the earth. Bennett explains that this "horizontal" dimension has often been overlooked or forgotten in contemporary discussions of the spiritual disciplines.
Kyle did his Ph.D. at Fuller Seminary with Rich Mouw & Jamie Smith (Calvin College) and wrote his dissertation on fasting. He studied existentialism and phenomenology with an eye to society and culture but is now writing on citizenship, social virtues, and healthy interpersonal interaction in North American democratic society. Kyle taught theology, philosophy, and ethics at Azusa Pacific University, Providence Christian College, and The Kings College. He also had a stint as the Reviews Editor over at Comment Magazine.
Kyle's first book Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World is recently released from Brazos Press in August, 2017 (#practicesoflove). His next project looks at the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and our need for healing gestures and expressions in North American democratic discourse. It's tentatively titled "Practices of Hope: Fruits of the Spirit for the Healing of Culture."