Fall 2017 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.

Nathan Whitaker
Aug. 29, 10:45 a.m., Sommer Center
Opening Convocation
Nathan Whitaker, author and attorney

"When Integrity Meets Life"
The best-selling co-author of numerous athletic biographies considers what it means to live a life of integrity.

Sept. 5, Yoder Recital Hall
Advising Forum
For all first-year students

Sept. 12, Yoder Recital Hall
Learning Community Forum
Bluffton University student panel
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.

Dr. William AngelSept. 19, Yoder Recital hall
Constitution Day Forum
Dr. William Angel, professor emeritus of political science, The Ohio State University at Lima

"Machiavelli and the Constitution of the United States"
The local Democratic Party leader explores how the United States Constitution seeks to restrain the results-oriented approach to power advocated by Machiavelli in "The Prince."

Cross Cultural experiences

Sept. 26, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Yoder Recital Hall
Cross-Cultural Experiences
Bluffton's students report on their spring 2017 cross-cultural experiences.


Oct. 3
Marisa Gerber

Option 1: Yoder Recital Hall
Marisa Gerber, staff writer, "Los Angeles Times"

"Telling True Stories in the Era of 'Fake News'"
The reporter shares her experiences of telling truthful stories, particularly in the context of covering the criminal justice system.

Sara Oliver
Option 2:
First Tuesday in the Library, Musselman Library Reading Room
Sarah Oliver

"The Summer I Became a Duck Mom"
The Bluffton junior biology major from Lexington, Ohio, describes her trials and successes in her summer experience in a developmental biology project.

Andrea Motto '77Oct. 10, Yoder Recital Hall
Alumni Forum
Dr. Andrea Motto '97, manager of public and youth engagement, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

"Privilege, Resilience and Equity in Science Education"
The educator and researcher will discuss the application of social justice principles to science education and to the systemic inequalities of STEM fields.

Oct. 17
Fall break, no Forum

Oct. 24
Dr. C. Arnold Snyder
Option 1:
Yoder Recital Hall
Dr. C. Arnold Snyder, professor emeritus of history, University of Waterloo

"Toleration in the Reformation: Historical Reflections for Today"
The scholar of Swiss Anabaptism describes how the early religious tolerance of Martin Luther's reformation turned into widespread intolerance in the name of faith.

Bethny Brown '06Option 2: Stutzman Lecture Hall
Alumni forum
Bethny Brown '06, vice president for human resources, Scotts Miracle-Gro

"God, Ego and Corporate America"
The senior executive for a global company answers the question "When will courage and conviction matter most?"

Isaac Samuel VillegasOct. 31, Yoder Recital Hall
Spiritual Life Week Forum
Isaac Samuel Villegas, pastor, Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship

"Bearing Witness: Mary as Our Guide"
The Mennonite pastor and church leader explores how Mary bears witness to God's presence by giving birth to Jesus and by being in solidarity with Him when He is crucified.

Nov. 7
Dr. Sanjay Khare
Option 1:
Yoder Recital Hall
Dr. Sanjay Khare, professor of physics, University of Toledo

"Building a Sustainable Energy Future"
The physics scholar charts pathways by which human civilization will be able to adapt to the long-term continuous decline in available total energy for a sustainable future.

Emily Short
Option 2:
First Tuesday in the Library, Musselman Library Reading Room
Emily Short

"Seek Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly: Theology in Practice"
Bluffton’s theology major and summer camp director reports on her experience developing and implementing a social-justice-oriented Bible curriculum at summer camp.

Dr. Mark Bourassa
Nov. 14, Yoder Recital Hall
Dr. Mark Bourassa, assistant dean of students, director of university event complex and conferences

“Bluffton's Honor Code in the World”
One of Bluffton's longest serving staff members examines the historical context of honor codes in the United States and at Bluffton and their impact on creating cultures of integrity.

Nov. 21
Andrew HudginsErin McGrawOption 1: English Festival Forum, Yoder Recital Hall
Andrew Hudgins and Erin McGraw, emeritus professors of English, The Ohio State University

“Being Smarter Than You Are: A Conversation with Two Writers about Writing”
The two writers and professors, who are married to each other, will read from their work and discuss the cross-pollination that occurs when two writers live together and argue with one another.

Robin ReevesOption 2: Stutzman Lecture Hall
Robin Reeves, founder and director, Reeves Etiquette and Image Consulting

"Professional Manners 101: How to Make a Great Impression"
The image consultant will demonstrate how to elevate your professional brand through body language, conversation skills and appropriate dining etiquette.
Sponsored by the Bluffton University Alumni Association

Erica Littlewolf
Nov. 28, Yoder Recital Hall
Erica Littlewolf, coordinator, Indigenous Visioning Center, Mennonite Central Committee Central States

"Doctrine of Discovery: A Living History” 
The Northern Cheyenne social justice advocate explains how a 15th century Christian doctrine continues to shape United States policy toward Native Americans.

Concert Band
Dec. 5, Yoder Recital Hall
Bluffton University Music Department

“Christmas Festival”
Ensembles from Bluffton's music department perform compositions that prepare hearts and minds for the Christmas season.