Fridays
12:00 noon
Rogers Theater, Pilgrim Chapel

Join us for weekly academic presentations by DBU faculty, staff, students, and guest speakers as we participate in and contribute to the "Great Conversation" from the vantage point of the "Greatest Conversation!"

The Friday Symposium is a weekly, interdisciplinary lecture series on campus sponsored by the DBU Philosophy department. It meets for one hour just about every Friday at noon at the Rogers Theater in Pilgrim Chapel. You can bring your lunch and feed both body and mind simultaneously.

The purpose of the Friday Symposium is to stimulate meaningful conversation about topics of classic and contemporary importance, and to do so from the vantage point of Christian conviction. So, plan on attending as many Symposium sessions as you can! It is a great opportunity for the entire DBU community to participate in and contribute to the "Great Conversation!"

History of the Friday Symposium

Dr. David Naugle launched the Friday Symposium in the 1995 Spring semester. Since that time, approximately 450 papers and lectures on topics spanning the disciplines have been presented on Christ and Culture by DBU faculty, staff, students, and special guest lecturers.

Purposes of the Friday Symposium

  • To provide the Friday Symposium speakers an opportunity to model the integral connection of the Biblical worldview and the academic enterprise.
  • To deepen the intellectual culture at DBU and to foster a spirit of curiosity and inquiry on campus.
  • To provide an opportunity for the DBU community to engage in meaningful conversation about topics of classic and contemporary relevance and to promote the formation of a rigorous Christian mind on all aspects of thought and life.

Noted Guest Speakers at the Friday Symposium Over the Years

David Aikman

Bob Fu Erin McGraw

Vince Bacote

Makoto Fujimura Ester Meek
Lilian Calles Barger Steve Garber Ken Myers
Michael Beaty Jenny White Green Jim Patrick
Kevin Belmonte Os Guinness Charlie Peacock
Jim Black Bill Hendricks Nancy Pearcey
Byron Borger Thomas Hibbs Alvin Plantiga
Jay Budziszewski Arthur Holmes Sam Ratcliff

Scott Cairns

James Houston Jenny Riddle

Nigel M. De S. Cameron

Brent Hull John Seel

Kate Campbell

David Gushee

Luci Shaw

John "Chuck" Chalberg

David Lyle Jeffery

Amy Sherman

Daryl Charles 

Dick Keyes Jim Sire

Louise Cowan

Glenn Kreider

Jim Skillen

Bill Dembski

Verdell Krisher James K.A Smith
Tim Demy Mark Lanier Gideon Strauss

John Dyer

Nick Lantinga Daniel Wallace
Bill Edgar Kenneth Lawrence Michael Ward

Sam Van Eman

Michael Lindsay Peggy Wehmeyer

C. Stephen Evans

Sandra Lewis Chris Willerton

Robert Fink    

Roger Lundin D.H. Williams
Jon Foreman (front-man to the
band Switchfoot visited)
George Marsden Michael Wittmer
Mark Foreman Paul Marshall Ralph Wood
Brian Franklin Daryl McCarthy Robert E. Wood
Will and Crystal Yates