Black Lives Matter?

November 21, 2016
Dr. Strobert sits down with Dr. Richard Stewart, retired Associate Professor of Church Administration and Practical Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Dr. Joseph Donnella, Chaplain of the College and adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, Gettysburg College to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement.

This wide ranging discussion explores the realities of being a member of a minority in the United States. Some topics covered include how people of color (even retired pastors) are often perceived as a threat; living a life in tension; ambivalence vs. practicality; theology beyond traditions; laws may be passed but they don’t change attitudes; and the lessons that Black parents must teach their son’s when encountering police. 
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Storyboards and Battle Plans: Gettysburg National Military Park Artist-in-Residence Leigh Rydberg

September 12, 2016
Leigh Rydberg, an artist/filmmaker from Minnesota was selected as the April 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Gettysburg National Military Park. She took a moment away from her work (on a film about First Minnesota soldiers at Gettysburg) and workshops with park visitors to talk with The Seminary Explores. Rydberg’s film and television production credits include Wilson, A Serious Man, The Drop and Boardwalk Empire.

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Where Michelangelo Stood: Vocation, Incarnation and New Work in an Old Form

August 1, 2016

Award-winning, classically-trained sculptor Sarah Hempel Irani opens her studio for a conversation with Katy Giebenhain from Seminary Ridge Review. She specializes in sacred art and portraiture and works in clay, plaster, bronze, and marble. She has stood at the chalk “x” marking the spot where Michelangelo stood when selecting Carrara marble. Hempel Irani works from live models with oil-based clay and armatures. She studied Fine Art and Classical Studies at Hillsdale College with sculptor Anthony Frudakis and was apprenticed to Jay Hall Carpenter, former Artist-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral. Her M.A. in Humanities is from Hood College Graduate School, with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 


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The Fourth of July, the Founding Fathers and the First Peoples of this Country

July 4, 2016

Think you know everything there is to know about the founding of this country?  Think again!  This year, to celebrate July 4th, listen to this fascinating conversation with Gettysburg College history professor Tim Shannon as he talks about the role of Native Americans during the Revolutionary War, and their varied relationships with the British, the French and the Colonists.  Don’t miss the discussion of Jefferson and his views of Native Americans.

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How we See: Facial Recognition, Make-up, and Beauty

May 9, 2016
In this episode, Dr. Richard Russell, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Gettysburg College discusses his work on prosopagnosia [facial blindness] and super-recognizers, and how differently we all “see.”  He also shares some of his current work that involves standards of beauty, the use of make-up, and both cultural differences and similarities.  His work raises larger questions about what we view as “normal,” and how we view ourselves in relationship to others.  Don’t miss this interesting episode!
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Health Care Ethics in the Finnish Context

April 11, 2016

In this episode, Pastor Karoliina Nikula discusses the larger field of Bio-Ethics, using the specific example of cochlear implants in Finland.

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Looking into the Heavens with an Astrophysicist

February 29, 2016

Astrophysicist Dr. Craig Foltz makes physics come alive in this engaging discussion of the origins of time, how telescopes work, and what it all means for our knowledge of the world and ourselves. 

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The Ten Top Stories in Religion 2015

January 18, 2016

Dr. Vincent Evener, Visiting Instructor in Reformation and Lutheran Studies at the Gettysburg Seminary discusses his choice of the ten top stories/events in religion for 2015. These include: The visit of Pope Francis, the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, issues of violence in particular the A.M.E. church killings in Charleston, South Carolina and terrorism, and immigration. He highlighted his concern for cooperation, openness, constructive endeavors to counter the rhetoric of suspicion and hate.

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Physics: What it is and why it matters (The Big Bang Theory, String Theory, and God)

January 4, 2016

Continuing our focus on “Science in the Seminary” this year, in this episode, Dr. Stephenson offers a basic description of physics and the kinds of things physics teaches us about the world.   Then moving into some specific theories about creation, the universe and how it all matters to our understanding of God.

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A Time of Transition: Retirement and the Clergy

November 9, 2015

Pastor Paul Mundey, Senior Pastor at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, discusses the issues of retirement for the clergy. What does retirement mean for the pastor? What are the issues for the congregation? Mundey shares his process of transition into retirement as an example and highlights some of the research and scholars on retirement and transitions in the parish.

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