August 7th, 2013
Author of more than 20 books and 3,000 magazine articles will inaugurate university’s William Penn Honors Program
NEWBERG, Ore. – Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World magazine and the author of more than 20 books and 3,000 magazine articles, will speak on the George Fox University campus from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the school’s Bauman Auditorium. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the public is invited to attend free of charge.
Olasky’s lecture, “Renewing the Christian Liberal Arts,” inaugurates the university’s new William Penn Honors Program, an alternative liberal arts general education program for undergraduate students set to launch in the fall of 2014.
Regarding his presentation, Olasky said, “I’ll show that professors and students at many universities worship idols and bully others into silence. Christians, though, should remember and claim the ‘liber’ – freedom – in liberal arts. As C.S. Lewis notes in ‘The Weight of Glory,’ we should strive not to be ‘like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.’
“I’ll point out a biblical pathway to the sea through coming down the ladder of abstraction, learning to be citizens rather than subjects, and distinguishing between science and scientism.”
In addition to his position at World, Olasky is the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College. He is the author of 22 books, including Compassionate Conservatism, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue and The Tragedy of American Compassion. He’s also written 3,000 articles for publications including World, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. American.com describes him as “one of the country’s foremost evangelical thinkers and writers.”
Previously, Olasky was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin for two decades and provost of The King’s College, New York City, from 2007 to 2011.
Olasky earned an AB from Yale University in 1971 and a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan in 1976. He has been married for 37 years and is the father of four sons.
George Fox’s William Penn Honors Program, modeled on the Socratic tutorial style, is designed to hone students’ critical thinking skills by exposing them to classical texts and using discussion as the primary mode of instruction. Graduates of the program will be prepared to engage their culture meaningfully at the deepest levels – and they will be able to do so in a humble and gracious manner from an orthodox Christian perspective.
For more information on the program or Olasky’s visit, contact Mark David Hall at 503-554-2674.
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. Nearly 3,500 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Mark David Hall
Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics