Vanguard’s Faculty Distinguished Speaker Series to Host William A. Dyrness, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, on Thursday, April 18.

Vanguard’s Office of the Provost and the Faculty Development Committee will host the next distinguished speaker lecture series on April 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Held in the Great Commission Hall, the series will feature William A. Dyrness, Ph.D., the professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Dr. Dyrness has prepared an engaging and timely lecture entitled: What Good Does Art Do? The Role of the Artist in Healing the Earth.

With more than 30 years of teaching experience in various countries including the U.S., the Philippines, Kenya and South Korea, Dr. Dyrness carries a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has published works in theology and culture, apologetics, theology and art, and global missions. At Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Dyrness teaches several theology courses.

In his many areas of expertise, Dr. Dyrness has researched, written and taught on subjects like theology and culture (especially theology and the visual arts), Protestant vision since the Reformation in relation to the visual arts, non-Western theology, Christian apologetics and global theology.

Also, Dr. Dyrness has served on the national boards of Christians in the Visual Arts and Development Associates International. And he is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church.

Currently, Dr. Dyrness is working on a major research project on the use of visual images in worship in Christian, Buddhist and Muslim communities, which is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. In addition, he is co-authoring a book with art historian Dan Siedell on the religious influences of modern art.

Please RSVP for this event by contacting Julie Cowen (

To read more about Dr. Dyrness, visit his Fuller faculty biography by clicking here.

Vanguard Professor to Present Paper at Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference on April 11

Vanguard’s Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kevin Walker, Ph.D., will present his paper, “When Progress Had an End: Happiness and Historicism in the Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson,” at the Midwest Political Science Association conference on April 11.

The paper explores two conflicting definitions Thomas Jefferson gave concerning happiness and the state. In his abstract, Dr. Walker states that understanding this “uniquely Jeffersonian paradox” should, in his opinion, help in recovering “the value of tradition as the vehicle of natural right and a surer protection of our liberties.”

To read his paper, click here and then scroll down to select his paper.

Vanguard to Host Chamber Music Concert on April 12

For a night of instrumental serenades, come to Vanguard’s Spring Chamber Music Concert on April 12.

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. in Needham Chapel. It will be an evening of duets, a triplet and a quintet playing instruments like the violin and piano to the organ and bassoon. Six pieces will be performed during the one-hour concert.

The chamber music pieces date back to the 1800s with one more modern piece from 1961. Eighteen students will perform in their separate groups contributing with their individual instruments. Composers include: Craig Phillips, Mel Bonis, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Marcel Tournier, Astor Piazzolla (arr. Jose Bragato) and Robert Schumann. In addition, various musical movements will be represented in the pieces performed.

This is a great opportunity to hear the musical talents of some of Vanguard’s gifted students.

To see contact information for the event, click here.

Vanguard to Host A Night of Spoken Word on April 11

Bring your snapping fingers for an evening of spoken word from performers Janette…ikz and Ezekiel from the Passion 4 Christ Movement (P4CM).

On April 11, Vanguard will host a spoken word event for students, faculty, alumni and the community. The event is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. in the Vanguard University Scott Courtyard.

P4CM brings together artists with a passion for Christ to creatively spread Biblical truth to the ends of the earth. Two of these artists, poets Janette…ikz and Ezekiel Azonwu, will be the featured speakers for Vanguard’s spoken word event. Another P4CM poet, Jose Palos, is in Vanguard’s School for Professional Studies. For a preview of their work, you can visit P4CM’s YouTube page.

Director of Diversity Programming and coordinator for the event, Thandiwe Dinani said: “Janette and Ezekiel are actually being brought back to Vanguard due to popular demand. We did an event last year, and students loved it so much that they asked if we could bring them again.” Last year, the event packed out the chapel and the café.”

Current students initially came up with the idea for a P4CM event at Vanguard.  After attending a P4CM event in Los Angeles, they encouraged Dinani to check out the movement and its artists. Impressed with their work and ministry, Dinani helped coordinate bringing artists to do an event at Vanguard last year. The turnout was great and the desire for more apparent.

After last year’s event, many students stayed and talked with Janette…ikz and Ezekiel about how they write and where they draw their inspiration. This impromptu question and answer time lasted for more than an hour. In response, this year there will be a free writer’s workshop in the Vanguard University Smith Hall, classroom 101 from 7 to 8 p.m. The workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to improve their poetry skills with the help of Janette…ikz and Ezekiel.

You will also not want to miss Thursday morning campus chapel in Newport Mesa at 9:30 a.m., led by P4CM.

The spoken word event is free to college students and qualifies for chapel credit, so students should bring their IDs. It costs $5 for alumni and $10 for off-campus adults.

To learn more about the Passion 4 Christ Movement, click here.

Vanguard University and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to Host the 2013 Spring Classical Concert

On Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and the Vanguard University Department of Music will present the 2013 Spring Classical Concert.

A continued favorite among the community, Vanguard’s annual Spring Classical Concert combines the musical talents of the Vanguard Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra with the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir.  The concert will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA.

This year the choirs and orchestra will perform Fauré’s Requiem and Handel’s Coronation Anthem #3: The King Shall Rejoice. In past years, performances have included works from Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, W.A. Mozart, G.F. Handel and many other famous classical composers. Also, some works from contemporary composers, such as Dan Forrest, have been performed.

Dr. James L. Melton, Vanguard’s Chair of the Department of Music, will conduct the concert. Along with teaching music education and conducting the 90-voice University Concert Choir, Dr. Melton is the conductor for the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir. The Spring Concert provides Dr. Melton an annual opportunity to bring together these choirs and Vanguard’s concert orchestra to create a beautiful composition of these talented voices and instruments.

For more information and ticket prices, click here.