Fall 2019 Forum Schedule
Forum is Bluffton's weekly gathering of students, faculty, and staff for interdisciplinary conversation and discovery. Forum begins at 11 a.m. in Yoder Recital Hall unless otherwise noted.
Dr. Beth Taylor Mack
AUG. 27 - “The Power of Relationships: How Connectivity Impacts Well-Being” - The health and wellness advocate challenges students to evaluate the health of their relationships with a “relationship roadmap.”
Two options are available for the Sept. 3 Forum presentations.
First year advising forum
OPTION 1 - First-year students meet faculty in their chosen academic programs or staff who provide support for deciding on a major.
Kathy Dickson ’03
OPTION 2 - STUTZMAN LECTURE HALL - “Discernment on Purpose — Checking in on Your Best Life” - Especially designed for sophomore, junior and senior Bluffton University students, this forum provides reflective and practical support for addressing college goals in the context of the bigger picture of your life.
Dr. Jane Wood
SEPT 10 - “President’s Reflections and Bluffton University Initiatives in 2019-20” - Bluffton’s president reflects about higher education in 2019 and explores Bluffton’s road ahead for the university during the coming year.
Sean E. Leuthold ’88 and Shane M. Leuthold ’92
SEPT 17 - “The Policy of Stop-and-Frisk and its Impact on American Civil Liberties and the Right to Privacy” - The judges evaluate the background, expansion and future implications of the stop-and-frisk policy, particularly how it can lead to unconstitutional racial and ethnic profiling.
SEPT. 24 - Bluffton University students report on their spring 2019 cross-cultural experiences in Bolivia, Botswana, Chicago, Israel/Palestine and Kentucky.
OCT. 1 - “It’s Not My Problem … And Other Myths About the Opioid Crisis” - The director and executive producer shares how spending two years immersed in the opioid crisis changed his perspective on drug addiction and those caught up in its web of destruction.
OCT. 1 - EVENING FORUM Film - “Heroin's Grip”- The film tells stories from the front lines of the heroin and opioid crisis.Following the screening a panel of local social service providers will discuss the challenges depicted in the film.
OCT. 8- Fall break
Dr. Randy Keeler
OCT. 15 - “Christian Faith and Academic Life” - The associate dean will reflect together with a panel of current faculty on the role of faith in the university from a variety of Christian traditions.
Two options are available for the Oct. 22 Forum presentations.
Keith Faber, Ohio Auditor of State
OPTION 1 - “Business is Better in the Sunlight” - Using real examples, Ohio's auditor will discuss the important of checks and balances, internally and externally, to avoid fraud and corruption.
Obi Martin ’20
OPTION 2 - READING ROOM, MUSSELMAN LIBRARY - “When Spells Weren’t Cast But Written” - The English major discusses writing, slamming and publishing the “p word.”
OCT. 22 - EVENING FORUM Film: “All the Queen's Horses” - The film describes how the city comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Ill., embezzled $54 million from the town over the course of 20 years. Following the screening, a panel of area bankers and public accountants will discuss practices for identifying and preventing fraud.
OCT. 29 - “In the Field: Helping Others Live Their Best Lives Through Social Work” - The panel of social work alumni, Shae Golden ’18, Megan Gonyer ’10 and Jake Stabler ’13 and moderated by assistant professor of social work Heidi Mercer considers how social workers keep clients and themselves healthy in the field.
Two options are available for the Nov. 5 Forum presentations.
Melissa Florer Bixler
OPTION 1 - “Becoming Atheists: Worship Among the Gods” - The Mennonite pastor and author invites us to take cues from the earliest Christians to become atheists toward the gods of our day: late stage capitalism, white supremacy and religion-infused nationalism.
April Horton ’20
OPTION 2 READING ROOM, MUSSELMAN LIBRARY - “From Bluffton to Honolulu: My Astronomy Research Experience on Oahu” - The senior public relations major will share her departmental honors project analyzing how Michigan State University responded to the sexual abuse committed by former MSU physician Larry Nassar.
Performers: Ted and Company
NOV. 5 - EVENING FORUMPlay: “Discovery: A Comic Lament” - Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne perform a play by Alison Brookins that explores the “Doctrine of Discovery” by looking at the love of land, loss of land and what it means to “own” something.
NOV. 12 - “The Shape of a Poem” - The award-winning poet examines the relationship between form and content and the ways a poem can be a container for the truths it aims to convey.
Two options are available for the Nov. 19 Forum presentations.
OPTION 1 - “Eyes Wide Open: Reality Bites and How to Deal” - The founder of a national professional women’s network shares her personal and professional journey toward positive social change.
Jenna Liechty Martin ’07
OPTION 2 - STUTZMAN LECTURE HALL - “Why Living My Best Life Depends On You: Camp as a place of Interconnection and Joy” - The camp director shows how camp and retreat experiences provide opportunities for genuine connection and community that are essential for living our best lives.
NOV. 26 - “Living Well. Living My IDEAL Life” - The denominational leader and cultural competency advocate offers practical tips on how to live our best life by navigating today’s culture and responding to the divine call.
Bluffton University Music Department
DEC. 3 - “Christmas Festival” - Ensembles from Bluffton’s music department perform compositions that prepare hearts and minds for the Christmas season.