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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.

The 2020 Nyvall Lectures have been canceled.

Please plan to join us next year as we will welcome Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes as our lecturer.



9:00 am   Lecture One
  Coffee Break
10:45 am   Lecture Two


About the Speaker

Cláudio Carvalhaes is a former shoe shining boy from San Paulo, Brazil. A theologian, liturgist, artist, and activist, he is the Associate Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Author of From the Ends of the World: Prayers in Defiance of Empire (Abingdon Press, August 2020); What Worship Has to Do with It? Interpreting Life Liturgically (Cascade 2018); Editor of Only One is Holy: Liturgy in Postcolonial Lenses (Palgrave, 2015) and Eucharist and Globalization. Redrawing the Borders of Eucharistic Hospitality (Wipf and Stock, 2013). He is writing a new book: #Plantgate Confessing To Plants And Other Absurdities At The End Of The World. Claudio is married to Katie and father of three children.

Previous Nyvall Lectures

  • 2019: Elizabeth Conde Frazier, PhD, Coordinator of Relations for Theological Entities at the Association of Hispanic Theological Education
  • 2018: Susanna Elm, DPhil, Sidney H. Ehrman professor of European history at the University of California, Berkeley
  • 2017: Amos Young, PhD, professor of theology and mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California
  • 2016: Kelly Brown Douglas, PhD, professor of religion at Goucher University and author of Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. 
  • 2015: Jennifer Graber, PhD, associate professor of religious studies at University of Texas at Austin and author of The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America
  • 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
  • 2013: Scott Erickson, Nyvall at 150: The Founding President’s Enduring Impact at North Park
  • 2012: Ellen T. Charry, PhD, professor of systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of God and the Art of Happiness
  • 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)