Fall 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.

Jonas BeilerAug. 28,  10:45 a.m., Sommer Center
Opening Convocation
Jonas Beiler, licensed family counselor

"Tough Dialogue”
The counselor and author will draw on the witness of the Amish following the West Nickel Mines School shooting to describe how forgiveness can be at the center of challenging conversations and conflict resolution. 

Sept. 4 , Yoder Recital Hall
Advising Forum

Sept. 11, Yoder Recital Hall
Learning community forum

Bluffton Student Panel

“How to Succeed as a Bluffton Student”
Bluffton students discuss the habits and practices by which they have overcome challenges and embraced opportunities while pursuing a faith-grounded liberal arts education at Bluffton. 

cross cultural fourm 18Dr. Perry BushSept. 18, Yoder Recital Hall 
Constitution day forum  
Jonathan Andreas, Professor of economics

Perry Bush, Professor of history

“Debating the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution”


Sept. 25 
IcelandOption 1: Cross-cultural experiences
11 a.m., Yoder Recital Hall 

Bluffton University students report on their Spring 2018 cross-cultural



GuatemalaOption2: Evening Forum - Cross-cultural experiences
7 p.m., Yoder Recital Hall

Bluffton University students report on their Spring 2018 cross-cultural experiences.


Oct. 2
Option 1
Yoder Recital Hall 
Shé Langley, owner/chief creative technologist, Sushe Design

“Using Social Media to Tear Down Barriers and Build Up Relationships”

Becky BobanOption 2: First Tuesday in the Library
Musselman Library
Becky Boban '19, Bluffton student 

"Beyond the Words"
Art and writing major, Becky Boban, reflects on time spent at writer's workshops in Mt. Pleasant, Pa., and Dayton, Ohio. 


ForumOct. 16, Yoder Recital Hall
Alumni forum
Joel Wildermuth '11, Community and family outreach services associate, Delaware County Library 

"Beyond the Riley: Why Faith, Travel and Stories Matter
The librarian and candidate for ordination in the Lutheran church (ELCA) describes how a post-Bluffton course abroad profoundly impacted his life and shaped his perspective on global migration issues.


Hannah TroyerOct. 23, Yoder Recital Hall 
Spiritual Life Week Forum
Hannah Troyer, grassroots community organizer

“Grassroots Organizing: Reclaiming and Reimagining the Church”
The co-founder of a community organization focused around challenging conversations shares her dream of a church that proclaims Christ's love to a hyper-politicized and divided world. 


EricOct. 30, Yoder Recital Hall
Dr. Eric Seibert, Professor of Old Testament, Messiah College

"Following the Nonviolent Way of Jesus: Why Christianity and Violence Don't Mix" 

The professor and author describes the church's long and ugly history of violence and calls for Christians to follow the nonviolent way of Jesus instead.  

Nov. 6
Laura KisselOption 1: Forum, Yoder Recital Hall
Laura Kissel, Professor of media arts in the school of visual arts and design, University of South Carolina

Making the Film Cotton Road”
The documentary film director/producer discusses why and how she made the award winning film, Cotton Road. (to be screened at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in Yoder Recital Hall). 

Becca StarnOption 2: First Tuesday in the Library
Musselman Library
Rebecca Starn '18, Bluffton student, Findlay, Ohio

“From Kitchen to Corporate: My Internship at One of the Country's Favorite Restaurants”
The senior food and nutrition/psychology double major shares from her eight-week summer experience in Tennessee interning within the quality assurance and nutrition division at Cracker Barrel's corporate headquarters. 

Option 3: Evening Forum
7 p.m., Yoder Recital Hall 
Film: Cotton Road 

Film director/producer Laura Kissel will introduce a screening of Cotton Road, a documentary film that follows the commodity of cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial process in a global supply chain. 

Nick WhiteNov. 13, Yoder Recital Hall
English Festival Forum
Dr. Nick White, Assistant professor of English, The Ohio State University

“Sweet and Low: A Reading with Nick White
The fiction-writer and essayist Nick White reads from his new short story collection that tackles issues of masculinity, identity and place. 

Nov. 20
Yoder Recital Hall
Brandon Simmons, Professional speaker and development coach, Simmons Development Group 

“The Game and Beyond: Learn the Game, Play the Game, Win the Game”
The former Division 1 football player (Bucknell University) shares his journey from a challenging childhood to professional success as a collegiate athlete, coach, corporate leader and speaker. 

KerryOPTION 2: Alumni Forum
Stutzman Lecture Hall
Kerry Pinion '96, manager, client accounts at Automatic Data Processing, Findlay, Ohio

“Beginning with the End in Mind: Preparing to Join the Workforce”
The manager of recruiting services for a Fortune 500 company shares insights on preparing for the future, landing the job and being successful in the work place. 

NateNov. 27, Yoder Recital Hall
Dr. Nate Regier, CEO and founding owner of the Next Element

“Conflict Without Casualties: Compassionate Accountability and the Art of Struggling With”
The best-selling author shows through humorous anecdotes and compelling stories how to re-frame our relationship to conflict and use it as an energy source for positive change. 

ChristmasDec. 4, Yoder Recital Hall
Christmas Festival Forum
Bluffton University Music Department 

Ensembles from Bluffton's Music Department perform compositions that prepare hearts and minds for the Christmas season.