Interactive learning opportunities with Taylor faculty members across multiple disciplines. These sessions are intended for all audiences - prospective and incoming students, alumni, parents, and friends.
The first round of Taylor Talks took place on July 20-24, 2020.
Baseball and America, Michael Hammond
“People ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby. We will take a brief look at the story of baseball in American history. The game which has been called the Nation’s pastime has been a steady influence in American culture for almost 200 years. While the game is often lauded for not changing its boundaries or rules often, the organized sport of baseball has adapted to modernization, Western expansion, commercialization, media technology, racism, and corruption, and shaped American culture along the way.
At the close of the year 2019, reports of a contagious novel virus that causes pneumonia-like symptoms emerged in Wuhan, China. The viral disease, now famously known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has since risen to the level of a global pandemic with over 6.5 million reported cases and almost 400 thousands deaths worldwide. The global scientific community is working around the clock investigating possible control measures, such as development and testing of therapeutic drugs and vaccines. Beside all these advances in technology and biochemical knowledge, is there anything else we can learn from this pandemic? Is it enough that we have some understanding of the viral structure, or the proteins involved in the infection process, or that we have promising vaccine candidates. What else can we learn? What does this mean to a Christian professor of biochemistry, to a chemistry student, to a Taylor Alumni and to all of us who are called by the name of Jesus Christ? In this talk I will share some thoughts on the current pandemic in light of what the scripture says. I invite you to join me in reflecting on this crisis that has essentially shut down our world as we know it.
Evangelicalism 101, Michael Hammond
Do you consider yourself an Evangelical Christian? The term "Evangelical" has a rich history and a changing cultural meaning. For some people, the term evokes Billy Graham and revivals, while others interpret it as a political movement. In this session, we will examine the popular and scholarly definitions of Evangelicalism and discuss its importance to the Christian church today. We will consider the global missions movement, political implications, and challenging issues for Evangelicalism.
Over a thirty-year period from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle drew upon his scientific training as a physician to create one of the most influential figures, albeit fictional, in the development of modern forensic science. Seemingly ahead of his time, Holmes was developing criminalistic theories and forensic science tests before they actually existed. But perhaps the most important impact of the Holmes stories, was their incredible popularity which prepared the public to willingly accept forensic science into criminal justice systems when new forensic techniques were developed. This presentation will use excerpts from several Holmes stories to compare his approaches to that of our twenty-first century forensic scientists. We will also discuss the important people and contexts that influenced Doyle’s creation of Holmes and where Holmes fits into the timeline of modern forensic science.
Hope, rage, shared community, defiance, assurance – all characteristics of the music of Black Americans during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. From Billie Holliday and Nina Simone to Fannie Lou Hamer, the Freedom Singers, and vocal allies like Pete Seeger and Joan Baez, music influenced the gathering and sending of those fighting for justice during the Civil Rights Movement. The power of group singing became what Dr. King called “the soul of the movement.” We will explore some of the great protest and freedom songs through both a historical and contemporary lens. What made this music compelling? What can we learn from it today? This summer we have seen the peaceful protests of millions around the country, calling for further justice and reform in legislation, regulation, and accountability. Who are the prophets and poets of today’s marches?
As the University Archivist, I’m often asked about my favorite items in the collection, and what types of materials we collect. Come and learn about the mission and purpose of the Ringenberg Archives & Special Collections, who we serve, what we collect, and more. Several intriguing artifacts will also be shown and discussed, and attendees will participate in an exercise demonstrating how students are introduced to primary source materials. A time of discussion will follow.
This session will provide a brief biography of Dr. Milo Rediger, focusing on the development of his well-known Anchor Points essay published in 1972 from an award-winning opinion piece in a local newspaper. Excerpts from Rediger’s other significant writings and addresses will be shared. A time of discussion, reflection, and questions will follow.
This interactive session will utilize documents and artifacts from the collection to tell the story of Samuel Morris, specifically his time at Taylor University in Fort Wayne, IN, and his legacy that continues today. A time of questions and discussion will follow.
The Traumatized Brain and Vulnerable Children, Scott Moeschberger
With over 1 billion children experiencing violence every year, the importance of understanding how trauma impacts the brain continues to grow in importance. This session will provide a basic understanding of neurodevelopment and how children’s brains are impacted by violence and neglect. Implications for working with vulnerable children will be discussed in light of this emerging area of research.
The Value of Live Performance in the Life of the Christian, Conor Angell, Patricia Robertson, Loralee Songer, and Tracy Manning
Faculty members from Taylor’s Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance discuss how participating in live performances can uniquely develop a Christian’s mind and soul. The process of preparing collaboratively for live performances calls a Christian to aspire to technical excellence; to serve others; and to reflect deeply on oneself, on the world, and on the Creator of all beauty. We are transformed by our artistic experiences that explore incarnational truths in the presence of God and of humans.
This session will discuss current trends in working with Orphaned and Vulnerable Children worldwide including understanding the continuum of care in relationship to best practices and biblical principles. Topics will cover general areas such as poverty, foster care, adoption, trafficking, and violence against children. It will conclude with an overview of the Taylor OVC program and how students are being trained to serve in this ever-changing sphere.