Dordt College News

Wycliffe Bible speakers at Dordt College Nov. 5-7

October 29, 2007

Hug-A-Linguist Days at Dordt College will take place Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 5-7. The public is invited to hear guest speakers from Wycliffe Bible Translators on both Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Classroom Building lecture hall CL160.

The Monday night keynote speaker will be Sue H whose topic will be “You can ‘figure out’ that language!” Sue was a language surveyor in Africa from 1990-1999, where she also completed a masters degree in linguistics at Georgetown University in Botswana. Her doctoral studies in linguistics were done at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, and she joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2005. Sue says her passion is involving the local community in assessing the need for language development, literacy and Bible translation.

The Tuesday night keynote speaker is Roger Gilstrap, who will speak on the topic, “Cross-Cultural Management vs. American Corporate Management Models.” His topic will be of particular interest to those interested in business and business management.

Roger and his wife, Kathy, began service with Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1973, beginning as translators and literacy specialists among the Algonquin people in Quebec, Canada. Since then Roger has served as director of the Bible translation and language work in North America; as an international personnel researcher; international vice president for personnel; executive director of Wycliffe Bible Translators Canada; and most recently as international coordinator of leadership development for SIL.

Dordt students are also invited to join the following class sessions at West Commons throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday:

Tuesday, November 6: 8 a.m., Sue, “Whose language is it?”; 9:30 a.m., Roger Gilstrap, “Postmodernism, Generation X and World Mission”; 10:50 a.m., chapel service with faculty member Abby Jansen on “Stewardship of Social Duty”; 1:45 p.m., Sue, “Can they learn to read?”; 7:30 p.m., Roger Gilstrap, “Cross-Cultural Management vs. American Corporate Management Models”; 9 p.m., informal round table discussion at the Campus Center Grille area.

Wednesday, November 7: 9 a.m., Roger Gilstrap, “Urgently Needed: Language Program Managers”; 10 a.m. Roger Gilstrap, “Postmodernism, Generation X and World Mission”; 11 a.m., Sue, “The remaining NEED – spiritual and linguistic”; 1 p.m. Sue, “Language Survey: As it was and as it might be.”

An information booth will also be set up in the Campus Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

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