Geneva has hosted a variety of guest speakers this spring, including an assistant secretary of defense under former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Torie Clarke, a communications specialist and former assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, spoke March 22 in the Student Center, discussing changes to national security and intelligence in a post-Sept. 11 world. She was at her desk in the Pentagon when the terrorist attacks occurred that morning and has played a leading role in shaping public perception of the war on terrorism.
Originally from Sewickley, Pa., Clarke answered questions ranging from preemptive war issues to how intelligence capabilities are changing. Several students who attended the event—part of The Colloquia Series meant to expose the campus community to crucial questions and issues impacting the world—said it was helpful to get Clarke’s insider perspective on the war in Iraq and 21st-century national security challenges.
"I think it's very important to discuss, because this is something that our generation has to deal with," said Julia Buck, a junior human services and Christian ministries major.
Dr. Peter Lillback, president and professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, was the featured guest at the 2007 J.G. Vos Memorial Lecture in February. Lillback focused his presentation on the concept of covenantal vocation.
Dr. Charles Marsh from the University of Virginia charged his audience in January to emulate Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts toward “the beloved community.” Marsh’s address, which marked the second of three events Jan. 15-19 celebrating King’s life and work, challenged listeners to consider what Christ’s call means in the context of mercy and social justice.
Geneva students also learned about AIDS issues from Princess Zulu, short-term missions from David Philips, honoring military and service personnel from Dr. Denny Prutow of the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary and about seeking God’s calling from Dr. Steve Garber, director of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture.
In April, Geneva will host Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year, Lois Rebich (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17), and hear from Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, a leading philosopher, at this year’s Bitar Memorial Lecture April 25 and 26.