First Mondays Speaker Series

Due to Covid-19, Dordt University will host the First Mondays Speaker Series as virtual events specifically for current Dordt students. It is our goal to post recordings of the events in the future, so that the public can view them.

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and cultural leaders to Dordt 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.

2020-21 First Monday Speakers
Date Title Speaker
Oct 5
Jesus and John Wayne: The Culture and Politics of Evangelical Masculinity
Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Oct 5
Christianity and Feminism, A Tangled History
Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Nov 2
The Politics of Love and Truth
Justin Giboney
Nov 2
A Distinct Public Witness
Justin Giboney

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November 2

Justin Giboney is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA. He is also the Co-Founder and President of the AND Campaign, which is a coalition of urban Christians who are determined to address the sociopolitical arena with the compassion and conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mr. Giboney has managed successful campaigns for elected officials in the state and referendums relating to the city’s transportation and water infrastructure.

In 2012 and 2016, Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention and he served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative. A former Vanderbilt University football player and law student, Justin served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors. He’s written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today and The Hill.


October 5

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.