Wolterstorff to lead faculty workshop

Prominent Christian philosopher Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff will lead Northwestern College’s fall faculty workshop on Friday, Aug. 17. He will speak on “Justice and Pedagogy … in This Place,” picking up themes from his book Educating for Shalom.

“Dr. Wolterstorff has a passion for justice and shalom—the sense that all is right with the world as God intended it to be,” says Dr. Adrienne Forgette, Northwestern’s associate dean for academic affairs. “He has written and spoken frequently on the need for learning to have relevance in the world we live in. He’s concerned that the way we teach and work with students reflects the ultimate goal for how God works in the world.”

All Northwestern faculty members have received a copy of Educating for Shalom, a collection of essays about the purpose of Christian higher education. The faculty will follow up on the workshop with a series of book group discussions during the fall semester.

The Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University Divinity School, Wolterstorff is a prolific author. A native of Bigelow, Minn., he taught at Calvin College for 30 years before moving to Yale. A Calvin graduate, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

Previous fall faculty workshop speakers were Dr. Harold Heie, former academic dean at Northwestern College who is now senior fellow and founding director for Gordon College’s Center for Christian Studies and senior fellow for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks, associate director of the Whidbey Institute for Earth, Spirit and Community and author of “Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose and Faith.”