2016 Schedule and Panel Descriptions

8:30-9:30 am Registration, Cook Auditorium Lobby, Murdough Center, Tuck School

9:30 am Keynote Address – Cook Auditorium

11:00 am • First Set of Panels and Interviews
Christian Activism for the Most Vulnerable | Interview | Stoneman Classroom»
Faith and Business: Finding Contentment in Success and Failure | Panel | General Motors Classroom»
Science: The Great Power and Overlooking the Whole | Interview | Rosenwald Classroom»

12:30 pm • Lunch – PepsiCo Dining Room, Byrne Hall (open seating)
All Conference attendees are invited to join us for a sandwich box lunch in PepsiCo Dining Room or more informally there will be  sandwiches near the classrooms so participants can roam the halls and network. We encourage you to use this time to form relationships with panelists, alumni, and students.

1:15 pm • X.ado Student Acapella Performance – Stell Hall (just outside dining room)
X.ado is a co-ed Christian a cappella group from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. They sing to the glory of God and joyfully proclaim the good news of Christ through their music!

2:00 pm • Second Set of Panels and Interviews
Black Scholars in White Space: Racial Identity and Public Theology | Interview | Stoneman Classroom»
History of Christianity at Dartmouth | Panel | Views from 4 Decades | General Motors Classroom»
War, Failure, and Meaningful Work | Interview | Rosenwald Classroom»

3:30 pm • Fireside Chat | Stell Hall (near PepsiCo Dining Room)
Moderated Fireside Chat with Michael Chen»

5:00 pm • Networking Closing Mixer | The Wheelock House | 4 West Wheelock Street
Join panelists, EWS Board Members, and conference participants for refreshments, conversations, and view plans for The Wheelock House – a Christian living and learning center at Dartmouth slated to open Fall term 2017.


Psalm 82:3-4 — “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

From the Law of Moses to the parables of Jesus, the Bible continually affirms a moral obligation to care for the poor and oppressed. Christians have adopted many different approaches to fulfilling this mandate, each approach influenced by a particular cultural and historical context. In the present day, Christianity is confronting global challenges like poverty and sex trafficking at a time when social justice has become a major topic of interest for religious and secular people alike. In this interview we will hear from Paul Lim, a professor of history and religious studies at Vanderbilt University who has studied how contemporary Christians are engaging in advocacy, and how their approach is both similar to and different from the efforts of past generations. We will consider how Christianity should continue to influence efforts to address structural injustice, both on an individual level and through policymaking.

Peter Blair D’12, Campus Program Coordinator, Thomistic Institute

Paul Lim, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Vanderbilt Divinity School

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I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:11-12

In no other profession are the costs of failure and benefits of success so visible as they are in business.  Despite living in the most prosperous era in mankind’s history, today’s business leaders are faced with tremendous pressure to deliver strong quarterly earnings while outmaneuvering fierce competition.  In light of this pressure, how should America’s future business leaders define success and cope with material failure?  Successful businessmen and women are praised as “visionaries” and highly sought after for advice.  But how much of their success can be attributed to their own merit?  In this panel, we will take a deep dive into faith in the workplace in order to define success and failure in business and determine how to find contentment in all circumstances.

Kemper Wagner T’16, Tuck MBA Second-year Student

Don O’Neill D’61, Chairman, Paper Manufacturers Company
A.T. Tshibaka D’70, T’71, Board Member: Ecobank Transnational Inc., Citibank Kazakhstan, EWS

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‘“Remember, young man, unceasingly,” Father Païssy began, without preface, “that the science of this world, which has become a great power, has, especially in the last century, analyzed everything divine handed down to us in the holy books. After this cruel analysis the learned of this world have nothing left of all that was sacred of old. But they have only analyzed the parts and overlooked the whole, and indeed their blindness is marvelous. Yet the whole still stands steadfast before their eyes, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Has it not lasted nineteen centuries, is it not still a living, a moving power in the individual soul and in the masses of people? It is still as strong and living even in the souls of atheists, who have destroyed everything! For even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardor of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old. When it has been attempted, the result has been only grotesque.”

- – Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881, Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher) - The Brothers Karamazov, Part 1, Chapter 5, transl. Constance Garnett (London: William Heinemann, 1912): 186.

Gregg Fairbrothers D’76, Consultant and EWS Student and Alumni Advisor
Hilary Johnson D’15, EWS Student Director Emeritus 

Laurence Principe, Drew Professor of Humanities, Johns Hopkins University

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He drew a circle that shut me out,
Heretic liar a thing to flout
But love and I had the wit to win
We drew a circle that took him in

The Black Lives Matter movement has become a powerful social force impacting everyone from students and professors to working citizens across the nation. It raises many of the seemingly unresolvable questions around social justice, inclusivity, and free speech and expression. With passionate voices on all sides of the argument, it can be challenging to determine where Christianity can fit into the discourse and provide a winsome perspective through which to seek resolution of the conflict. In this panel, we will be joined by Vincent Bacote, a Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Ethics at Wheaton College, to consider further the deeper questions underlying these conflicts and how we can impact our culture to create positive change.

Randall Balmer, John Phillips Professor of Religion, Chair, Director, Society of Fellows, Dartmouth

Vincent Bacote, Assoc Professor of Theology, Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton

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“Make, we beseech thee, this society of scholars to be a fountain of true knowledge, a temple of sacred service, a fortress for the defense of things just and right, and fill the Dartmouth spirit with thy spirit, to make it a name and praise that shall not fail, but stand before thee forever.”  — Lucius Waterman, A Prayer for Dartmouth College

Looking at the Christian ministries and fellowships on campus today, we rarely stop to wonder when they came to Dartmouth, and what was here before. When were the first ministries founded, and for what purpose? When and why did they disappear? How do these past ministries lead into those that exist now, and how can they provide valuable insight into our community today? Dartmouth, founded with the purpose of sharing the Christian faith, has seen both periods of secularization and Christian revival. Christianity has played an integral role in the history of Dartmouth College over the past 243 years, and the various fellowships and ministries of the Christian community have changed over that time. In this panel, three generations of alumni will share stories and recollections of the Christian landscape and their experiences in community. We hope that attendees will leave with a greater appreciation for the presence that Christian faith has had at Dartmouth, as well as an understanding of how the fellowships today developed and grew out of the ministries, initiatives, and prayers of the alumni who came before.

Andrew Schuman D’10, Grad Student, Yale School of Management and Divinity School

Bruce McKenzie D’81, SVP and Fiduciary Group Manager, Wealth Management, The Northern Trust Company
Louis Tucker D’95,  CEO, Mission Sync LLC
Eric Wadsworth D’74, Faculty Director, Dartmouth’s Masters of Healthcare Delivery Science Program

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How many people look back on their lives after retirement and feel that the work they did was meaningful? What does it mean to do meaningful work? A google search of “meaningful work” will yield multitudes of articles discussing what meaningful work is, analyzing why it is important, and providing advice for how to make any job meaningful. But despite the seeming increase in desire to find meaningful work, meaningful seems to be just one desire in the midst of a long list that also includes interesting, lucrative, flexible, and high-profile. In this panel, Sarah Apgar joins us to share her journey through the military, business school, entrepreneurship, and a corporate career, searching for meaningful work in the midst of varying jobs and successes and failures in those positions.

Catalina Gorla D’09, Founding COO,  Informulary, Inc.
Sara Johnson D’17, EWS, Student Director and Co-Editor, The Dartmouth Apologia

Sarah Apgar T’11, Director of New Stores and Facilities, Warby Parker

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Discussion of the role of the university in issues of diversity and inclusion.

Drew Matter TH’14, Vice President of Manufacturing, FreshAir Sensor Corporation

Michael Chen D’01, Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry, Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), Pittsburgh, PA

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