Episode 11: Jen Pollock Michel

Although our 2020 Focus series had to be postponed due to the coronavirus, Jeff conversed with one of our scheduled speakers, Jen Pollock Michel, over the phone. They talk about her three books–Teach Us to Want, Keeping Place, and Surprised by Paradox–the role of habits in shaping our desires, and what to read while in isolation. Consider this a preview for Focus 2021!

Episode 10: Learning in a Pandemic

As the United States and the world go into quarantine to help dim the spread of the coronavirus, many schools, colleges, and universities moved classroom instruction to remote/online instruction. Jeff Bilbro shares a brief reflection on the importance of learning in the middle of a pandemic. 

Jeff draws on this sermon preached by C.S. Lewis at Oxford in 1939.

Episode 08: Joe Weil

Joe Weil is from Elizabeth, New Jersey and has spent over two decades working in factories in that area while writing poems and playing music. He is now an Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University. He and Micah Towery joined Jeff Bilbro to discuss poetry, place, religion, and politics. 

Episode 07: Mary Darling

Jack Baker sits down with Mary Darling, a professor of communications at Spring Arbor University. They discuss Jack’s obsession with Wendell Berry, the rewards of collaborative writing, spiritual practices in a digital age, and much more. 

Episode 06: Dale Ahlquist

Guest hosts Cameron Moore and Robert Moore-Jumonville talk with Dale Ahlquist, the President of the American Chesterton Society and the author of several books about Chesterton. Dale discusses Chesterton’s worldwide popularity, how his wide-ranging interests fit together, and clerihews.

Episode 04: Tim Wegner

This year, Spring Arbor University’s Focus topic was “Chaos and Order.” We just wrapped up a rich week of presentations and discussions around this topic. To give you a taste of our Focus series, we asked math professor Tim Wegner to join us for a conversation about chaos, fractals, the liberal arts, and his favorite kind of fantasy.

Episode 03: Alan Noble

Alan Noble is Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University and the editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture. He’s the author of a new book, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. He joins Jeff and Robbie to talk about his book.