Travels, Teaching, and More

Nnenna Okore

Find out what some of North Park’s faculty members are up to this summer

CHICAGO (July 1, 2009) – From debuting exhibitions, to releasing new publications, to teaching and preaching at conferences and churches across the country and overseas, North Park University and Seminary faculty are staying busy this summer.

Art professor Nnenna Okore, a native Nigerian and an internationally acclaimed sculptor and installation artist, recently released a major exhibition in her home country at the Goethe Institute in Lagos. The exhibit was opened on June 20 by Okore’s mentor and famed sculptor El Anatsui, and will run until July 10. It was featured in an online article on Nigeria’s Bella Naija website on June 19.

Writing instructor Lee Strickland showcases her creativity in a short story she wrote in collaboration with two North Park students. Published in the online literary journal, The Summerset Review, Strickland’s narrative, “Animal Rights,” takes place in the Congo. It tells the story of a young girl forced to become a mother too soon, and underscores the violence toward young women and lack of women’s rights in the African nation. A Congolese student from one of North Park’s Dialogue classes helped provide the vivid details that bring the story to life.

The theme of minority rights is also the subject of sociology professor Lida Nedilsky’s new book, Marginalization in China: Recasting Minority Politics, released June 23. The book looks at issues that have produced discrimination and brought division among social and religious groups within China, and examines the systems and categories throughout China’s history that have established inequality.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Six faculty members will lead workshops at Covenant High in Christ (CHIC), the denomination’s triennial event that will be attended by 5,000 high school students July 12-17 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Speaking at the event will be Ginny Olson and Jim Dekker, co-directors of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies; Seminary professors Soong-Chan Rah and Klyne Snodgrass; University professor Boaz Johnson; and Provost Joseph Jones and his wife, Yvette. Stephen Kelly, University Ministries worship coordinator, will lead worship at one of the Base Camp sessions, and Campus Pastor Judy Howard Peterson will be a primary speaker. Peterson will later speak at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center in Swanzey, New Hampshire, July 18-25, along with University history professor Kurt Peterson (no relation).

A Lilly Endowment Grant will fund seminary professor Phil Anderson’s lectures and preaching at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais, Minn., on July 11-12. He will also speak at the 125th Anniversary of the Covenant’s Northwest Conference in Minneapolis on September 27.

Professor of communication arts Chad Eric Bergman will be delivering a paper in Helsinky, Finland, at the workshop "Nordic Spaces in the North and North America" in August, while Seminary professor Stephen Chester will preach at Immanuel and Community Evangelical Covenant Churches in Chicago on August 16. Colleague Carol Noren will lecture at and lead two worship services at a September international conference on preaching at Durham University in England.