News Release


Reading the World:
Developing a Christian Perspective for Our Times

May 30- June 2, 2007

Where:  Chicago Semester, 11 East Adams, Suite 1200
Who:  For staff of Chicago Semester, faculty and administrative staff of sponsoring colleges, Chicago Semester alums, and friends of the program.
Cost:  $195 for Full Time Faculty and Staff, except those from CS and supporting institutions; $150 for CS Alums, $95 for Students. Cost includes several meals and art event. (For anyone unable to pay the full cost, please contact organizers to check availability of assistance.)
Conveners: Clinton Stockwell, Director, Chicago Semester; Brad Breems, Professor of Sociology, Trinity Christian

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Plenary Speakers

Larry Bennett, Ph.D.   Larry Bennett is Professor of Political Science at DePaul University.  He is an editor and co-author of The New Chicago: A Social and Cultural Analysis (Temple University Press, 2006); and is co author of Chicago:  Race, Class and the Response to Urban Decline (Temple, 1989); and It’s Hardly Sportin’:  Stadiums, Neighborhoods and the New Chicago (NIU, 2003).  Editor of Where Are Poor People to Live?  Transforming Public Housing Communities. M.E. Sharpe, 2006.

Govert Buijs, Ph.D.  Director of the MA Program in Christian Studies of Science and Society, at the Free University of Amsterdam. He is the author of “The Promises of Civil Society” in Contact (June, 2006), and the forthcoming book, Christianity, Civil Society and Social Change (2007).

R.C Longworth.  Director, the Global Chicago Center, and former senior staff writer, the Chicago Tribune.  Author of Global Squeeze:  Coming Crisis for First World Nations  (1998); and “Political City” in Global Chicago, edited by Charles Madigan (University of Illinois, 2004);

David Lyon, Ph.D.  David Lyon is Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.   He is the author of Christians and Sociology (1975); Sociology and the Human Image; The Information Society:  Issues and Illusions (1988); The Electronic Eye:  The Rise of the Surveillance Society (1994); “Cyberspace Sociality,” (1997); Postmodernity (1999); Surveillance Society: Monitoring Everyday Life (2001); Surveillance after September 11 (2003), among many works.

Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Ph.D.  Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  He is also the co editor of the Review of International Political Economy and author of Christianity and Hegemony: Religion and Politics on the Frontiers of Social Change (1992); Global Futures:  Shaping Globalization (1992); Development Theory: Deconstructions/Reconstructions (Theory, Culture and Society) (2001); Globalization or Empire? (Routledge, 2004); and Globalization and Culture:  Global Mélange (Rowman, Littlefield, 2004), among many works.

Calvin G. Seerveld, PhD.  Professor Emeritus in Aesthetics, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto.  He is the author of The Greatest Song ([1967], 2005); Rainbows in a Fallen World [1980] (2005); How to Read the Bible and Hear God Speak (2003); Voicing God’s Psalms (2005); and is the recipient of Pledges of Jubilee:  Essays on the Arts and Culture in Honor of Calvin G. Seerveld, edited by Lambert Zuidervaart and Henry Luttikhuisen (Eerdmans, 1995), among many works.

James W.  Skillen, Ph.D.  President of Center for Public Justice, Washington, DC, editor of Public Justice Report, and author of hundreds of political articles and editorials. Among his 17 books are A Covenant to Keep: Meditations on the Biblical Theme of Justice (2000); In Pursuit of Justice (2004); and With or against the World: America’s Role among the Nations (2005)


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