The Department of Religion’s hosting of the 32nd G. Arthur Keough Lecture will bring to the University two outstanding international development scholars, March 22 and 23.
Under the broad theme, “Destination 2020: Will Justice and Peace Embrace? – Justice and Provision of Global Social Goods in an Era of Crises, Needs and Increasing Scarcities,” international development scholars and practitioners, Paul Mikov and Jonathan Papoulidis, will address critical issues of human rights and public policy.
Mikov will deliver the first lecture at 7:00 pm on March 22 in Richards Hall. His lecture is entitled, “Prospects and Perils in the Delivery of Global Public Goods in an age of Mega Trends and threats.”
Papoulidis will deliver the second lecture, “Prospects and Perils in the Delivery of Global Public Goods in an Age of Conflict and Interdependence,” on Saturday, March 23 at 3: 30 p.m., also in Richards Hall.
Mikov is executive advisor for Boris Trajkovski International Foundation and a visiting scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University in New York City, where he teaches in the human rights and humanitarian Affairs programs. Prior to his current roles, he worked with World Vision International for nine years, where he held senior management and leadership roles, specializing in humanitarian affairs and policy and advocacy. For the last six years, he worked as the director of World Vision International’s New York Office and as their United Nation Representative until August 2012.
Papoulidis is senior policy advisor, peace building and humanitarian affairs at World Vision Canada. He is currently a visiting Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. He previously served with the United Nations (UN) on three continents in peacekeeping, conflict prevention, humanitarian affairs, governance reform and recovery. He was UN special advisor for Aceh, Indonesia, and advisor to the UN deputy special envoy for Liberia.
Assistant Professor of Religion in the School of Religion at Oakwood University, George Russell Seay, Jr, Ph.D., will respond to the lectures. Seay has taught at Oakwood for the last three years. Prior to that, he served for 30 years as a pastor and departmental leader in the South Central Conference of SDA. His areas of expertise are theological and ethical studies with a particular interest Reformation thought, critical race theory, Martin Luther King Jr. studies, and theology of grace.
The annual lecture honors Keough, a former faculty member in the Religion Department at WAU.