Spring 2017 Forum Schedule

Forum is Bluffton's weekly gathering of students, faculty, and staff for interdisciplinary conversation and discovery. Forum begins at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 17, Founders Hall
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Forum
Damascus Road Readers Theatre
"My Voice, My Community, My Bluffton: Race on Our Campus"
Bluffton students offer a readers theatre performance that connects their experiences at Bluffton with the life of King.

Jan. 24, Yoder Recital Hall
Art as Activism and Dissidence in Cuba
PhilPhil and Carole Sugden
The documentary film producers preview their soon-to-be-released film about the role of art in Cuba activism and in the transformation of the world.


Jan. 31, Yoder Recital Hall
Cross Cultural Presentation
ClaireBluffton University students report on their fall 2016 semester experiences studying in Guatemala, Washington, D.C. and Spain.
11 a.m., Guatemala
7 p.m., Washington, D.C., and Spain


Feb. 7
Option 1:
The Elmira Case Film, Yoder Recital Hall
FriesenJulie Friesen
The restorative justice practitioner and 1993 Bluffton alumna screens a documentary film about how a drunken rampage in 1979 helped to launch the worldwide restorative justice movement.


Option 2:
Sticky geckos: My research experience studying gecko adhesion, Musselman Library Reading Room
Chelsea ZoltowskiChelsea Zoltowski
Bluffton's junior chemistry major describes her participation in the University of Akron's College of Polymer Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.


Feb. 14. Yoder Recital Hall
Student Life Division Forum
StuStu Cleek, associate dean for residence life, Westmont College
“Campus Racial Climate and Sense of Belonging at Bluffton University and Beyond”
The student researcher from Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California presents the results of a campus climate survey completed by Bluffton students in November 2016.



Feb.. 21
Option 1: Student Senate Presidential Debate, Yoder Recital Hall
Candidates for president of Bluffton University Student Senate debate one another in anticipation of the Student Senate election.

Option 2: Alumni Forum, Stutzman Lecture Hall
“Meet Your Major”
Six Bluffton alumni share direct and indirect career paths rooted in a liberal arts education.


Feb. 28  Smucker Lecture, Yoder Recital Hall
"Playing with Stress"
LynnLynn Coghill, graduate professor and director of MSW program, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
The behavioral health social worker and performance artist will engage the audience with practices that play with rather than fight stress.


March 7 (Spring Break, No Forum)

March 14
Option 1: Reflections: The Music of J. Harold Moyer, , Yoder Recital Hall
The Sunflower Trio
An ensemble of Hesston College music faculty performs a program of music by Mennonite composer J. Harold Moyer.

Option 2: in the Palms of My Hands, First Tuesday in the Library, Musselman Library Reading Room
MackenzieMackenzie Hoeckley
Bluffton’s senior art and writing major showcases some of her written work and discusses what she has learned from the process.


March 21
Option 1:  Women’s Studies Forum, Yoder Recital Hall
miriamDr. Miriam Abelson, assistant professor, department of women, gender and sexuality studies, Portland State University, Portland, Ore.
“Backwoods and Bathrooms: Masculinity, Race and Sexuality in Transgender Men’s Lives”
The sociologist and gender studies researcher chronicles the everyday lives of transgender people.



Option 2: Alumni Forum, Stutzman Lecture Hall
christinaDr. Christina Sherry, medical science liaison at Abbott Nutrition, Columbus, Ohio.
“The Art of Practicing Science: How a Liberal Arts Education Improves a STEM Career”
The research scientist and nutritionist explains how communication and creativity are vital for success in science.


March 28, Yoder Recital Hall
Civic Engagement Forum
GundyDr. Jeff Gundy, professor of English, Bluffton University
“Beauty is Something to Love” 
The poet and 2016-17 Bluffton Civic Engagement
Day Speaker explores through poems, images and music how beauty is intertwined with the human search for truth, justice and peace.

April 4
Option 1: Spiritual Life Week Forum, Yoder Recital Hall
snyderPaula Snyder Belousek, pastor, Salem Mennonite Church, Elida, Ohio
“John’s Dilemma: A Mennonite Bishop Wrestles with Doubt and Suffering in a Time of War”
The area Mennonite pastor reports on the struggles of Bishop John Brenneman with questions of war and conscience during the Civil War.


Option 2: C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture, Stutzman Lecture Hall
AnnDr. Ann Hostetler, professor of English, Goshen College
“Conflict and Creativity: Shunning and its Legacy in Amish and Mennonite Communities” The poet and journal editor discusses the impact of a shunning on three generations of an Amish family in Mifflin County, Pa., from 1930-2000.


April 11, Yoder Recital Hall
Keeney Peace Lecture
Dr. James Logan, professor of religion and African and African American studies, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.     

April 18, Yoder Recital Hall
Athletic Awards Forum
Mike DeCourcy, college basketball columnist, sporting news    

April 25, Yoder Recital Hall
Academic Awards Forum