First Mondays Speaker Series

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and cultural leaders to Dordt College 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.
2017-2018 First Monday Speakers
Date Title Speaker
Sep 4
Calvin, Refugees and Heretics: Scope and Limits of Human Rights in Reformation Europe.
Dr. Paul Lim
Oct 2
The Formidable Discipline of Daydreaming: An Exercise in Spiritual Theology
Timothy Brown
Nov 6
Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference
John Inazu
Feb 5
How We Spend Our Lives: Christian Formation in the Everyday
Tish Harrison Warren
Apr 2
Movies as Prayers
Josh Larsen

2018-19 Speakers

September 3

Francis Edward Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. From 2015-2017, Su served as President of the Mathematical Association of America, whose mission is to advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world. In this role, he has done much public writing and speaking on issues related to removing barriers for women and underrepresented groups to study math. He received the 2018 Halmos-Ford Award for mathematical writing and the 2013 Haimo Award for college teaching of mathematics. His book Mathematics for Human Flourishing will be published by Yale University Press in 2019.


October 1

Rev. Gabriel Salguero and his wife, Rev. Jeanette Salguero, are the co-lead pastors of the multicultural Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene in New York City where much of their work focuses on racial reconciliation. Rev. Gabriel Salguero is the founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) which offers an important leadership voice for the close to 8 million Latino evangelicals in our country. Salguero has been named as one of the most influential Latino evangelical leaders by the Huffington Post, CNN Español, El Diario, and Jorge Ramos’ Al Punto. Salguero has also served as an adviser to the White House on issues of immigration and health-care and the faith community.


November 5

Makoto Fujimura, Director of Fuller’s Brehm Center, is a world-renowned artist and writer. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. In 2014, the American Academy of Religion named Fujimura as its “2014 Religion and the Arts” award recipient. Fujimura’s work has been exhibited at galleries around the world, including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, and Vienna’s Belvedere Museum. Fujimura authored Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture (2009), Culture Care (2014), and most recently Silence and Beauty (2016).


February 4

Sandra McCracken is a prolific singer-songwriter and modern-day hymn writer whose songs such as “We Will Feast In The House Of Zion,” "God’s Highway," and “Thy Mercy My God” have settled into regular rotation in churches internationally. Her music has been featured by All Sons & Daughters, Audrey Assad, Indelible Grace, BiFrost Arts, Caedmon’s Call and others. She has also been a guest contributor for The Gospel Coalition, She Reads Truth, Art House America Blog, Relevant Magazine, and other publications. Her latest album is Songs from the Valley.


March 4

Christina Edmondson is a higher education professional and intercultural development facilitator. She serves as the Dean of the Intercultural Student Development Center at Calvin College and writes about discipleship, anti-racism, cultural humility and servant leadership. Her work has been seen and referenced in a variety of outlets including Essence.com, The Witness-Black Christian Collective, The Twelve, Perspectives Journal, and Gospel Today magazine. She is one of the hosts of Truth’s Table, a podcast that centers the voices of black Christian women exploring faith, justice, and culture.