First Mondays Speaker Series

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.
2018-19 First Mondays Speaker Series
Date Title Speaker
Sep 3
Francis Edward Su
Oct 1
Gabriel Salguero
Nov 5
Makoto Fujimura
Feb 4
Sandra McCracken
Mar 4
Christina Edmondson
2017-2018 First Monday Speakers
Date Title Speaker
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

The Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero is the president and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NALEC). NALEC is a coalition of Hispanic evangelical churches and non-profits committed to Gospel-centered advocacy. He has served on the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Advisory Council and the board of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is a pastor at Calvario City Church, a Latino-led Assemblies of God multicultural church of about 4,000 people in Orlando, Florida.


November 5

Makoto Fujimura, Director of the Culture Care Initiative at Fuller Seminary's Brehm Center, is a world renowned abstract painter, writer, and culture shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura serves 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, Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, Waterfall Mansion Gallery in New York, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., and the Tikotin Museum in Haifa, Israel. 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, 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.