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Nussbaum to Present Schemmel Endowed Lecture in Theology

By Clarke News  |  October 15, 2014

We all find ourselves in an ongoing process of personal identity formation, deciding our own optimal positions in the midst of the sometimes competing influences of American culture, political correctness and Catholic social teaching.  Stan Nussbaum, an American evangelical with long experience in Africa and England, will help to clarify our personal options by examining the subtle and not so subtle ways that these three forces attempt to shape and define us when he presents the Clarke University Schemmel Endowed Lecture in Theology. The lecture, titled “Friendly Enemies: American Culture, Political Correctness and Catholic Social Teaching,” will be held Thursday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center. Admission is free. Nussbaum, author of “American Cultural Baggage,” is the staff missiologist at GMI (Global Mapping International) Research Services in Colorado Springs and an adjunct professor at Wheaton College. He earned his doctorate at the University of South Africa with research on five African indigenous churches in Lesotho, and taught at the University of Birmingham, England. He regularly teaches field research methods at the master’s level in places like India, Nigeria, Uganda and Korea. He has published articles this year in the journal of the American Missiological Society and the Evangelical Missions Quarterly. A teacher at heart, his favorite current project is the ongoing refinement of his three-minute narrative summary of the Bible and the gospel ( He and his wife, Lorri, reside in Morton, Ill. They have two grown children and four grandchildren, two of whom are adopted from Ethiopia.  For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318. Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs.  Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.