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Spring 2018 Interview Series

March 22-28, 2018

We have an exciting line up of newsmakers this semester! Join us in the Barbara Hodel Center Coffee House and Lobby for any or all of our nine interviews this March. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Spring 2018 Interviewees


James WhitfordJames Whitford

Executive Director of Watered Gardens Gospel Mission (Joplin, Missouri)

If you want to fight homelessness, come hear James Whitford, executive director of Watered Gardens Gospel Mission in Joplin, Missouri, and director of the True Charity Initiative. He'll introduce you to ways to help change lives and not just hand out spare change.

Time TBD 

Ann GaugerAnn Gauger

Discovery Institute scientist and author (Seattle) 

If you're thinking of becoming a scientist or you have questions about creation and evolution, Ann Gauger will be helpful to you. She received a Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of Washington and is a senior research scientist at Biologic Institute. 


Ben BartonBen Barton

U. of Kentucky Law Professor and Author

If you're thinking of going to law school or want to improve criminal justice, you should hear University of Kentucky law professor Ben Barton: His latest book points out ways to have greater justice by using more technology and fewer lawyers.


Kay Coles JamesKay Coles James

President of The Heritage Foundation

If public policy intrigues you, come hear Kay Coles James. During her interview here five years ago, she criticized the Republican Party and white conservatives for their lack of outreach to members of minorities: She is the new president of The Heritage Foundation and is now positioned to change that.

Time TBD 



Barbara DuguidBarbara Duguid

Biblical Counselor and Author of Extravagant Grace 

If you're thinking of seminaries and theological education, or have questions about God's grace and our own sinful efforts, Barbara Duguid's wisdom will be helpful to you. She is the author of Extravagant Grace: God's Glory Displayed in our Weakness.


Jeff MyersJeff Myers

President of Summit Ministries (Colorado)

If you want to learn more about worldviews and how to discuss them, Summit Ministries president Jeff Myers will be helpful. He taught me the four deadly questions: What do you mean by that? Where do you get your information? How do you know you're right? What happens if you're wrong?




Peter CovePeter Cove

Founder of America Works (New York City)

If you want to help people escape from poverty, you should listen to Peter Cove. Fifty years ago he dropped out of graduate school to fight poverty through governmental means. In 1984 he founded America Works, which has succeeded where government failed in moving people from welfare to work. 


Min Jin LeeMin Jin Lee

Novelist and finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction (New York City)

If you like reading great novels and meeting great novelists, come to hear Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko. She moved from corporate law to fiction-writing, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, and will talk about how to become a writer, how being ill helped her development, and how her  Christian beliefs influence her work. 




Mez McConnellMez McConnell

Leading Scottish Poverty Fighter (Edinburgh)

Our last guest this year has come the farthest: Scottish poverty-fighter Mez McConnell looks like someone you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley, but he has an amazing testimony of how God redeemed him from his family’s cycle of abuse— and he's now helping to redeem many more. 


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