Friends educators from around world gather at George Fox University June 18-21

May 18th, 2015

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The Friends Association for Higher Education Conference will feature one-woman play ‘First Lady Lou’

NEWBERG, Ore. – Religious Society of Friends educators from colleges, universities and study centers from around the world will gather for the annual Friends Association for Higher Education Conference, scheduled on the campus of George Fox University Thursday through Sunday, June 18-21.

Plenary speakers will include Haven Kimmel, Bill Jolliff, Jon Kerschner and Margery Post Abbott, and the event will include a presentation of the play First Lady Lou, a one-woman dramatization of the life of Lou Hoover, wife of President Herbert Hoover, by professional actress Jane Fellows. The theme of the conference is “Truth and Transformation.”

Workshop sessions Friday and Saturday will cover a broad range of topics, from pedagogy in Quaker education, seeking peace in Rwanda, transformational learning in Israel/Palestine, and gender diversity in higher education, to Quakers in literature, theatre, music, and business and economics. Several presentations will engage “Quakers and Literature” as part of a new book series featuring Quaker contributions to academic disciplines.

On Friday, June 19, Fellows will present First Lady Lou at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Wood-Mar Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and university employees, and $5 for students.

After the play, a “talk-back” session with Fellows and Leslie Hoover-Lauble, great-granddaughter of Herbert and Lou Hoover, will be moderated by the university’s archivist Rachel Thomas. Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, attended the precursor to George Fox, Friends Pacific Academy, in the 1880s.

Conference speakers will include Kimmel, an author and poet who has written four novels, two memoirs, and two books for children; Jolliff, a professor of English at George Fox whose poems, articles and songs have appeared in more than 100 journals; Kershner, a teacher of theology for Earlham School of Religion, Barclay College and Lancaster University; and Post Abbott, author of the 2010 book To Be Broken and Tender who serves as the presiding clerk of the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C.

More information on conference registration and speakers is available by visiting or calling Paul Anderson at 503-554-2651.

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. More than 3,700 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, six seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Paul Anderson
Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies, George Fox University

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