Dordt College News

Convocation marks new semester

January 8, 2010


Dordt College will begin the new semester with a convocation ceremony on Friday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

The featured speaker will be Keith Pavlischek, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. His topic will be “Love, Justice, and Getting Mugged by Reality.”

Dr. Keith Pavlischek has a Ph.D. in Ethics from the University of Pittsburgh; a Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), a M.Phil. degree from the Institute for Christian Studies; and graduated magna cum laude from Waynesburg College with a B.A. in political science and history.

Dr. Pavlischek previously taught in Truman State University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, and has published and lectured extensively on ethics, political philosophy, and just war theory. He is the author of one book, John Courtney Murray and the Dilemma of Religious Toleration.

As a Marine Corps Reserve officer, Pavlischek served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and on the faculty of the Joint Military Intelligence College for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., teaching graduate courses in the Post Graduate Intelligence Program. He served as an intelligence officer in Operations Desert Shield and Storm; in Operation Enduring Freedom; and deployed to Iraq as an intelligence liaison officer to the Multi-National Corps. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and a Joint Meritorious Commendation Medal.

The public is welcome to attend this 9th annual spring semester convocation ceremony at Dordt College, which offers a formal way of bringing together the academic community to re-examine the college’s vision and connection to a variety of disciplines and callings.

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