Each year the Calvin community is enriched by the presence of several visiting scholars. This year we are pleased to welcome:
Elizabeth Conde-Frazier is a practical theologian. She explains her research as follows: “The different aspects of worship—preaching, music, liturgy, education—are a part of my work as a scholar. My method of inquiry is qualitative as it connects best with Freirean pedagogies. This means that bringing communities together for sharing and critical thinking is at the crux of my work. As the Coordinator of Relations for Theological Entities for the Association for Hispanic Theological Education (AETH), I seek to bring together different communities that they may share their practices, theories and resources so as to be mutually enhancing. Considering the possibilities for creating such spaces between AETH and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is what I hope to work on collaboratively. I am also writing a book on Hispanic theological education, and I hope to write about the ways that such collaborative projects help to generate theology and knowledge for la pastoral as well as look at how it might foster foundations for doing the work of social justice in some form together.”
Dr. Crow taught botany and taxonomy for 33 years at the University of New Hampshire and served as Director of the UNH Herbarium and chair of the UNH Department of Plant Biology. He has taught at Au Sable Institute and more recently has been serving as curator of the Calvin University Herbarium. Additionally, he does botanical research at the Michigan State University Herbarium-recently having completed the taxonomic treatment of Utricularia (bladderworts) and Pinguicula (butterworts) for Flora of North America North of Mexico. While having a broad interest in floristics (including botanical expeditions to Tierra del Fuego, Siberia, Crimea and Caucasus, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Amazonia, and Mexico), much of his research has focused on aquatic plants of temperate and neotropical regions. He is co-author of Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Northeastern North America (G.E. Crow and C. B. Hellquist, Univ. Wisconsin Press), the second edition of which will be published in 2023. In 1999-2000 he spent a year-long sabbatical in Costa Rica under a Fulbright Fellowship where he wrote a bilingual field guide, Plantas acuáticus de Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Costa Rica (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Costa Rica). Garrett and David Warners (Calvin Biology Department) direct the Emma Cole Project, an effort to visit and evaluate all the sites Emma Cole describes in her 1901 book, Fora of Grand Rapids.
Lambert Zuidervaart is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies, the University of Toronto, and the Toronto School of Theology, and a former faculty member at Calvin University (1985-2002) and The King’s University in Edmonton (1981-1985). He is an internationally recognized expert in critical theory, especially the work of Theodor Adorno, and a leading systematic philosopher in the reformational tradition. His most recent work articulates a new conception of truth for an allegedly post-truth society, in two volumes: Social Domains of Truth: Science, Politics, Art, and Religion (Routledge, 2023) and Truth in Husserl, Heidegger, and the Frankfurt School: Critical Retrieval (MIT Press, 2017). His other writings include three volumes of essays in reformational philosophy published by McGill-Queen’s University Press: Shattering Silos: Reimagining Knowledge, Politics, and Social Critique (2022), Art, Education, and Cultural Renewal (2017), and Religion, Truth, and Social Transformation (2016); and two books on aesthetics published by Cambridge University Press: Art in Public: Politics, Economics, and a Democratic Culture (2011) and Artistic Truth: Aesthetics, Discourse, and Imaginative Disclosure (2004). He has also written two literary memoirs to honor canine companions: To Sing Once More: Sorrow, Joy, and the Dog I Loved (2021) and Dog-Kissed Tears (2010). Dr. Zuidervaart is currently doing research on what the world’s religions can contribute to the development of an Earth-sustaining and life-giving global ethic.