The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and cultural leaders to Dordt University to discuss with the campus and broader community ideas that will stretch our imaginations, grow our understanding, and help us re-form our world in God-honoring ways. The morning presentation is held at 11 a.m.




Sep 3
  Francis Edward Su
Oct 1
  Gabriel Salguero
Nov 5
  Makoto Fujimura
Feb 4
  Sandra McCracken
Mar 4
  Christina Edmondson

2019-20 SPEAKERS


SEPTEMBER 2: Russell Moore

Russell Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Dr. Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel (2015) and The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home (2018). A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.



OCTOBER 7: Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior, Ph. D., is an award-winning Professor of English at Liberty University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (2012), Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (2014), and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Literature (2018). Prior’s writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Books and Culture and other places. She is a Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a Senior Fellow with Liberty University’s Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.  She and her husband live with dogs, horses, and chickens in rural Virginia.



FEBRUARY 3: Jenny Yang

Jenny Yang is Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief. She has worked in the Resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer, where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate (2009), serves as Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, and was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.



October 5: Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Kristin Kobes Du Mez is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. She received a Ph.D. in American Religious History from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include the intersection of religion, gender, and politics in American history. She is author of A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism (2015), and her forthcoming book on evangelical masculinity and militarism will release in 2020. Her writing has appeared at The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Christian Century, Religion & Politics, and Religion News Service.