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Spring 2008 | Volume 31, Number 1 | Campus

Challenge Your Mind in April

Lecture lineup

Frank Spina
2008 Weter Lecturer Frank Spina
Divisions in today’s church. Brain rules. The sermons of John Wesley. Fortune 20 business. If you’re in need of intellectual stimulation after a long, dull winter, then April is the month to visit Seattle Pacific University. Between April 10 and April 29, SPU will host three major public lectures on campus, and a professor will speak in downtown Seattle.

Delivering the 2008 Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture on April 10 is Frank Spina, professor of Old Testament at SPU. Spina will use a story from the book of Judges as a metaphor to explore divisions in the modern church in his presentation titled “Multiplying Division: A Figural Reading of the Story of the Levite’s Concubine (Judges 19–21).” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150.

Also scheduled for April 10 is a lecture by John Medina, director of Seattle Pacific’s Brain Center for Applied Learning Research and author of the new book, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. At 7:30 p.m. in Seattle’s Town Hall, Medina will discuss his revolutionary ideas on how to boost brain power.

Following SPU’s April 17 invitation-only Downtown Business Breakfast, Carly Fiorina, the first woman to head a Fortune 20 company, will deliver a public lecture at 1 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. Former president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina is best-selling author of her memoir, Tough Choices.

Closing the April lineup is Robert Wall, the Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies at SPU. Wall will examine the use of 1 John in sermons by the great evangelist John Wesley in a lecture titled “John’s John: The Tenor of Scripture in a Wesleyan Key” at First Free Methodist Church on April 29 at 9:30 a.m.

For more information about any of these events, visit

—Photo by Luke Rutan

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