A few weeks ago I had the privilege to guest-host the Dennis Prager radio show. During my three-hour segment, I spent a lot of time focusing on the recent wave of protests in the Middle East—specifically in Egypt. The broadcast occurred just hours before President Mubarak resigned his post, but two professors from King's and I spent time analyzing what the possible next steps in Egypt might be. (Read below for more on this) I realize now that the process I went through is exactly how I would like King’s students to be able to think.
That is, my guests and I looked at the situation and its cultural context. In recent years, for example, America has spent countless resources in trying to export democracy to the Middle East. But if the Egyptian elections allow a radically Islamic regime to come to power democratically, then has our foreign policy been resonsible for undermining our national security? Time will tell, but the point is this: we examined assumptions, possible outcomes, and unintended consequences of actions taken by players all over the political spectrum.
It is this type of critical analysis that I want our students to take into the institutions of government, media, law, business, education, and more. Our students receive a fantastic education in some pretty powerful ideas here. But how they apply those ideas to future situations will be the real test of their education. I’m confident that they will outshine their peers.
I hope you are confident in their success, too. Please continue to support us with your prayers.
President, The King's College
King's Debate Society Attends Regional Tournament and
Student Wins "Director of the Year" Award
The King's Debate Society was started just three years ago by Matthias Clock (’11). Since then, it has gone from a student-run organization to a school-sponsored team. In late February, they continued their upward momentum at the Northeast Universities Regional Debate Championships hosted by Western Connecticut University, one of the largest and most competitive tournaments of their season.
Two teams from the debate society broke into the quarter finals: Jeremy Cerone (‘13)/Matthias Clock and Hannah Herman (‘13)/Trevor Blake (‘12). The Society for the Advancement of More and Better Argumentation, which sponsored the tournament, also awarded Clock, the President of The King’s Debate Society, the "Director of the Year Award." This award recognized his labor having "founded a debate society that in just three years has grown to have more than 10 teams and a coach, all while continuing to judge and debate at tournaments himself."
“This continues an exceptional year for the King's Debate Society, which has expanded practices to three days a week, taken more teams to more tournaments than ever before, and has not failed to have a team make it to the out-rounds at the last five tournaments,” said Vice President Josiah Peterson (’13) The debate soceity’s other victories this year include three teams breaking to the out-rounds at the Gotham Debates in New York City and one team coming in second place in a tournament at the University of Massachusetts.
The Lord has blessed the King's Debate Society through the vision of Matthias Clock, the financial support of the King's administration, and efforts of Coach Katie Teubl, to be able to achieve its mission of training students to effectively advocate truth in the marketplace of ideas.
The next tournament the King's Debate Society will attend is Nationals, hosted at the University of Vermont in early April.
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President D'Souza and Two Professors Talk About Egypt and the Middle East on National Radio Show
President Dinesh D’Souza sat in as guest host for the Dennis Prager radio show on February 11. For most of the three hour segment, he focused on the waves of protests in the Middle East, and he invited Professors Anthony Bradley and Robert Carle to join him. The Dennis Prager show is a nationally syndicated broadcast with listeners all over the country.
D’Souza spoke with Dr. Bradley about the American response to the situation in Egypt, and specifically focused on how President Obama’s theological views would influence his response. The interesting scenario in Egypt, they said, will be if a democratically-elected leadership turns out to be radically Islamic.
Bradley suggested that if America only focuses on building a democracy in nations that could potentially enact Sharia law, that would not be enough. Instead, he said, America should be a “champion for the proliferation of property rights, the rule of law, individual liberties and the expansion of markets because those are the mechanisms that tend to create the structural forms that lead to long-term equity.”
When Dr. Carle came on the air, D’Souza switched the focus to the type of regime that could come to power in Egypt. The interview occurred just hours before the President of Egypt resigned his position, but Carle and D’Souza identified the feeling in Egypt as parallel to the feelings during the Iranian revolution—which eventually produced an Islamist regime. Though it is too early to tell which way Egypt will trend, Carle and D’Souza agreed that it could go in several ways. One of these ways would be for a regime to be elected that supports the use of Sharia law.
Even if this were to happen democratically, Carle is not a fan. “Democracy is necessary, but not a sufficient piece of a just society. You need, in addition to democracy, a constitution that protects minority rights. And Sharia law is hostile to women and to religious minorities and oppressive to them,” he said. “Therefore, it violates international norms of human rights.”
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The King's College to Offer 11 Minor Progams in Fall 2011
The King’s College is pleased to announce that it will add 11 minors to its academic programming beginning in the Fall semester of 2011. The minors will supplement the current major programs, providing our students with an opportunity to further specialize in their areas of interest.
Dr. Calvin White, interim provost of The King’s College, said, “We think that being able to offer minors to students in 2011 and beyond will add further value to a degree from King’s. Minors will allow students to enhance their knowledge in particular fields, while bolstering the strength of their resume and transcript in the eyes of employers.”
The College currently offers three majors: Politics, Philosophy, & Economics; Business Management; and Media, Culture, & the Arts.
The minors to be offered include: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Business, Media, Culture & the Arts, Journalism, Pre-Law, Literature, Theology, and Foundations of Education.
Each minor draws from one or two courses from the Common Core—20 courses in politics, philosophy, economics, history, theology, and writing that all King’s students take. The rest of the courses in the minor are drawn from current course offerings in the various degree programs. Minors are open to any student, though a student may only select a minor that is not part of their major. For example, a PPE major could choose a Journalism minor, or a Business major could opt to minor in Philosophy.
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Recent Graduate Speaks About Her NHL Experience
Debs Francisco knew that she wanted to be a journalist from a young age, and her passion for hockey quickly merged with her career aspirations. When it came time to pick a school, she recognized that The King’s College would not only train her to be an excellent writer, it would provide her a solid understanding of the ideas that move the world.
Now, she uses this education in her job as a Club Site Producer for the National Hockey League, headquartered in New York City. Francisco honed her writing skills at King’s and learned new media skills during internships—including one with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “These skills,” she said, “help me in my work building content for the website, writing game previews, and ensuring smooth operations during nightly hockey games.”
Her department’s goal is to drive as much traffic as possible to the websites of the individual teams, which they accomplish by producing video highlights and building photo galleries for the teams’ websites.
Debs’ passion for hockey is not the only reason she loves working for the NHL. As an undergraduate, she developed an interest in the business model of the League. She even wrote her capstone thesis on the economics of the NHL by exploring such topics as competitive balance in sports and whether salary caps are accomplishing their intended purpose.
“I’m glad I wrote my thesis on the economics of The League because it gave me an in-depth knowledge of the company I now work for. It helps people to take me seriously even though I am the youngest member in my department.”
Since Debs started working for the NHL in August, NHL.com has broken its daily traffic record four times, most recently reaching over 2.7 million video starts in a single day. “It’s been very exciting to see how our efforts are directly rewarded,” Francisco said. “The most rewarding thing, though, is being a light in the NHL.com newsroom where I am the only believer. God is really opening doors for me to share my faith both through words and actions.”
She credits the education she received at King’s with preparing her for this role. “I know our professors worked hard in the classroom, and I feel comfortable talking with my co-workers about the ‘big ideas.’ Not only that, but the education I got at King’s also made me a very well-rounded individual, and I think it set me apart from other candidates because I brought something else to the table besides a journalism background.” Francisco was very involved in campus life, serving as a freshman representative to student government and an editor of the student newspaper for several years.
Although Francisco is the youngest member in her department, she has already been given leadership responsibilities in her group. “I’m grateful that King’s teaches students a unique model of leadership by treating us like adults from day one,” Francisco said. “I don’t sit around waiting to be told how to do things, I figure them out on my own. I don’t think I would have developed that sense of independence without all of the student leadership responsibilities I handled at King’s.”
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The King's College in the News
Dr. Bruce Gordon, associate professor of science and mathematics at The King’s College, co-edited and contributed to The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science, released on February 15. Featuring essays from key thinkers in the sciences and the humanities, the book is a symposium on the nature of science and scientific inquiry, and constitutes a titanic clash of worldviews regarding whether the fundamental explanatory principle of the universe is immanent, and to be found in inanimate matter, or transcendent, and to be found in immaterial Mind.
Alissa Wilkinson, lecturer in writing, wrote a review of Nancy Pearcey’s “Saving Leonardo” for Comment Magazine. In the review, she discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the book, particularly on how Pearcey treats the concept of “worldviews.” Wilkinson was also recently featured in a promo video for artist Mako Fujimura’s Four Holy Gospels project. Check it out here [http://www.crossway.org/blog/2011/02/makoto-fujimura-featured-on-fox-news-live/]
Dr. Anthony Bradley, associate professor of theology and ethics, was on "Equipped for Life with host Pastor Christopher W. Brooks," a daily radio broadcast, on February 22. That week, the show focused on the purpose and power of biblical preaching as it relates to African Americans and theology.
Both Wilkinson and Bradley spoke at the annual Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, this month. The conference serves over 2,000 Christians thinking critically about the role that their personal transformation can have on public life.