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The David Nyvall Lectureship

The David Nyvall Lectureship was inaugurated in 1951 in memory of the pioneer Swedish American educator who served the school both as teacher and president. The theme of this spring lecture series is the interpretation of the Christian message for the contemporary world.

2015 Nyvall Lecture

Religious Encounters in Indian Territory

Dr. Jennifer Graber
Thursday, April 16
9:00 am–Noon
Isaacson Chapel, Nyvall Hall

North Park Theological Seminary welcomes Dr. Jennifer Graber for the 2015 David Nyvall Lectures. Her expertise is in religious transformations in Indian and settler communities in a part of Indian Territory over the course of the nineteenth century. Her lectures will explore religious change among Kiowa Indians and the Anglo-American communities who settled among them in what is now southwest Oklahoma.

This event is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, the lectures will be broadcast online live at www.northpark.edu/live.

Schedule

9:00 am Lecture One — Religious Encounters in Indian Territory: Missionary Perspectives
10:15 Coffee Break (Olsson Lounge)
10:45 Lecture Two — Religious Encounters in Indian Territory: Native Perspectives

About the Speaker

Jennifer Graber, PhD

Jennifer Graber is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She works on religion and violence and inter-religious encounters in American prisons and on the American frontier. Her first book, The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America, explores the intersection of church and state during the founding of the nation's first prisons. Dr. Graber's current project focuses on religious transformations in Indian and settler communities in a part of Indian Territory over the course of the nineteenth century. She explores religious change among Kiowa Indians and the Anglo-American communities who settled among them in what is now southwest Oklahoma.

Dr. Graber earned her master of theological studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and her PhD in American religious history from Duke University.

Previous Nyvall Lectures

  • 2011: Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and author of numerous books including Exclusion and Embrace (1996), Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006), and Allah: A Christian Response (2011)
  • 2012: Ellen T. Charry, PhD, professor of systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of God and the Art of Happiness
  • 2013: Scott Erickson, Nyvall at 150: The Founding President’s Enduring Impact at North Park
  • 2014: Fr. Virgilio P. Elizondo, professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology at the University of Notre Dame, and author of The Future is Mestizo, Galilean Journey, and The Human Quest

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