Speakers to offer international perspectives

June 4, 2014

ruchsm CowansmThree speakers will bring a European perspective to Bryan students this semester in a lecture series sponsored by the Bryan Center for International Development (CID).

CID Director Dennis Miller said a journalist, economist, and educator will address topics of media, business, and religion. “While the Center for International Development frequently sends outstanding professionals to Central and Eastern European countries to help train leaders there, it is equally important that Bryan students hear from individuals who can give them insights to the thinking of peoples in other cultures. This is a significant part of the process of helping educate our students so they will be able to make a difference in today’s world.”

In the past nine years the CID has brought numerous international experts to speak at Bryan. These lecturers have addressed topics such as the reemergence of Christianity in post-Marxist Europe, human trafficking, Europe’s Roma social crisis, proliferation of organized crime in Russia, the trend of creating businesses in Central Europe to fund Christian ministries, Taiwan’s global economic role, a United Nations perspective on women’s and children’s issues, and the crisis created in the care of orphans by new European Union regulations.

Speakers for the fall 2012 lecture series include:

Matthias Ruch, the U.S. correspondent for Financial Times Deutschland, a German business newspaper. Based in New York since 2008, he covers business and economics as well as politics in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

David Cowan, a PhD researcher at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) on the influence of the religious right on American foreign policy. He is author of Economic Parables: The Monetary Teachings of Jesus Christ, and has contributed essays on Christianity and economics to the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. He worked as a journalist, editor, and executive in banking and industry in Europe and North America for more than twenty years.

Dr. Dusan Jaura, principal of the C.S. Lewis Bilingual School in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is a leading proponent for Christian education in a nation where the Christian faith was suppressed for 41 years by the Marxist government. He is a coauthor and speaker for the radio program Lorien, which is broadcast on an alternative youth radio station and gives an informal presentation of Christian worldview in the context of postmodern society.