Participants

GREGORY WOLFE ::

Gregory Wolfe is Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University and the founder and editor of Image, one of America’s leading literary quarterlies. He also directs the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at SPU and recently served as a judge for the National Book Awards. Wolfe has published over 200 essays, reviews, and articles in numerous journals, including Commonweal and First Things, and has been anthologized in collections such as The Best Christian Writing and The Best Catholic Writing. He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books on a wide range of topics, including Intruding Upon the Timeless: Meditations on Art, Faith, and Mystery (Square Halo, 2003), Sacred Passion: The Art of William Schickel (University of Notre Dame Press, 1998), and The New Religious Humanists: A Reader (Free Press, 1997). He received his BA, summa cum laude, from Hillsdale College and his MA in English literature from Oxford University. His current writing project is a book entitled The Company of Good Letters: How Erasmus and His Circle of Renaissance Christian Humanists Shaped the Modern World. He and his wife, novelist Suzanne M. Wolfe, are the parents of four children and live in Seattle, Washington.

JAMES ROMAINE ::

Dr. James Romaine is a New York based art historian. He is the co-founder of the New York Center for Arts and Media Studies, a program of Bethel University (NYCAMS.Bethel.edu). He has a PhD in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (dissertation: Constructing a Beloved Community: The Methodological Development of Tim Rollins and K.O.S.). He is a frequent lecturer on faith and the visual arts and has authored numerous articles, in the Art Journal of the College Art Association, Christian History & Biography, The Princeton Theological Review, Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God, and Faith and Vision: Twenty-Five Years of Christians in the Visual Arts. His books include Objects of Grace: Conversations on Creativity and Faith and The Art of Sandra Bowden, both published by Square Halo Books. Dr. Romaine is on the board of directors of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA).

DAVID ADEY ::

David Adey was born in Morristown, NJ. He graduated with a BA in Visual Art from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1994. He spent six years in the graphic design field working for clients such as Intel, Pepsi, Nike, Qualcomm, Taylor Guitars, Hasbro, Sega, and Universal Studios. He earned his MFA in Sculpture in 2002 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He has had recent exhibitions in San Diego, Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston and Berlin. In December 2008 his work was featured in Aqua Art Miami, as part of the Art Basel contemporary art fair. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Point Loma Nazarene University.

CHRIS DAVIDSON ::

Chris Davidson received his BA in English from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine. He is Assistant Professor of English at Biola University, where he directs the freshmen composition program and teaches creative writing. His poems have appeared in Dust Up, Alaska Quarterly Review, Caesura, Burnside Review, and elsewhere. He is cofounder of the Casa Romantica Reading Series in San Clemente.

ROBERT DENHAM ::

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Robert Denham holds a DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he studied with Michael Fiday, Joel Hoffman, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. He also holds degrees from UCLA (MA Composition)—where he studied with Roger Bourland, Ian Krouse, and the late Jerry Goldsmith—and Biola University (BM, Trumpet Performance). Denham’s music includes works of every genre and has been performed across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  He has won numerous competitions, is a member of ASCAP, and is published by Falls House Press, GIA Publishing, Imagine Music Publishing, Pasquina Publishing Company, Pelican Music Publishing, and Tuba Euphonium Press.

JACK HAFER ::

Jack Hafer is the producer of the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars starring Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Carlyle. He previously served as vice president and general manager of GMT Studios in Culver City, which is known for film projects such as Wag the Dog, LA Story, Predator, Minority Report, Tequila Sunrise, and Blade 1&2. His documentary Wall of Separation aired on PBS in 2007, and two more PBS documentaries will be completed this winter, one on the subject of higher education and one on the stem cell controversy. He has several feature films set to begin in 2009-2010.

DAVID HLEBO ::

David Hlebo has been creating and performing music nearly all of his life. During his career as a top call saxophonist and woodwind player, he toured with The Eels, making appearances on The David Letterman Show, MTV, and VH1 in Europe. He has been a featured performer for the Disney Corporation, Asian Pop Icon Jenny Tseng, and has shared the stage with the likes of Moby, Nine Inch Nails, and Peter Gabriel.

David has also developed and nurtured his love for composition and production. His solo album Black Salve Perry—uniquely blending pop, funk, jazz and hip-hop—has been featured on LA’s own KCRW and KJAZZ radio stations. David’s compositions have been featured in television, radio jingles, movie trailers, web animation, infomercials, independent films and political campaigns.

LOU HUESMANN ::

Dr. Louis Huesmann is the senior pastor of Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach, CA, where he has been serving since 1990. Under his years of leadership, Grace has become a vibrant multigenerational church with many young urban artists, musicians and educators calling Grace their community. The church has started Hope for Long Beach, a non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing a city-wide effort of volunteers investing their service to make Long Beach a great city.

After earning a B.S. in Microbiology from Ohio State University, Lou began to sense a shift in the focus of his gifts and calling in life and decided to pursue graduate training in theology at Grace Seminary (Winona Lake, IN) and later went on to earn a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA).

RICHARD LANGER ::

Dr. Langer is an Associate Professor in the Biblical Studies and Theology Department at Talbot School of Theology (Biola University). His teaching and research focus is on the integration of faith and learning. He has also spoken and published in the areas of bioethics and Christian political thought.

Prior to coming to Biola, he served for over twenty years as a pastor at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands, California. He has also taught philosophy and philosophy of religion at the college and university level for many years. He continues to live in Redlands with his wife Shari and his two children Crystal and Mark.

JUDY LARSON ::

Dr. Judy L. Larson is the new director of the Reynolds Gallery at Westmont College and the R. Anthony Askew Professor of Art History. From 2002 to 2007, she was the director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts [NMWA] in Washington, D.C., where she successfully nominated the museum for a National Award from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. Larson previously directed the Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke, and she has also served as curator of American art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University, Atlanta.

J. STANLEY MATTSON ::

As Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Foundation of Oxford, England and Redlands, CA, Dr. Mattson has spent the last twenty-two years actively advancing the legacy of C.S. Lewis, renowned scholar of English medieval and renaissance literature, author and Christian apologist.  He directs the Foundation’s highly regarded C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxford and Cambridge universities and has pioneered the development of the C.S. Lewis Faculty Forum.

An American social and intellectual historian by training, with advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dr. Mattson has served as Headmaster of The Master’s School in West Simsbury, CT, and as a member of the teaching faculties of North Carolina State University, Gordon College, MA, and the University of Redlands, CA.

FORREST ROBINSON ::

Forrest Robinson is a theatrical actor and director, who has performed such diverse roles as Peter Stockmann in An Enemy of the People, Marquess of Queensberry in Gross Indecency, Sir Anthony Absolute in The Rivals, James Tyrone in A Moon For the Misbegotten, and Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. His performance as Simms in Simpatico was awarded best male performer of Orange County 2000. He received a Master of Fine Arts from California State University, Fullerton, and has studied at the Pacific Conservatory, California and the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Michigan.  His directing accomplishments include Talk to Me Like the Rain, The Mousetrap, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Fantasticks, The Trip to Bountiful, The Star-Spangled Girl, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Forrest is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Biola University and also teaches acting and theatre appreciation at Fullerton Junior College, where he is considered “Artist in Residence.”

MELISSA SCHUBERT ::

Melissa Schubert is an Assistant Professor of Literature in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. She is currently completing her doctorate in Early Modern English literature at Claremont Graduate University, focusing specifically on the poetry of Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton. She is especially interested in the intersections between theology and literature in the English Reformation, in the reformation of poetics that concurred with that of the church. Beyond this, Melissa is serious about at least a few other things: gardening (unskilled amateur), Scrabble (skilled amateur), and being an auntie (aspiring professional).

PATTY WICKMAN ::

Patty Wickman is an artist whose large-scale paintings investigate non-linear narratives articulated within a realist framework, seeking to create a discourse between contemporary culture and biblical narrative. Solo exhibitions include Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica; Dan Bernier Gallery, Santa Monica; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Selected group exhibitions include Cornell DeWitt Gallery, NY; ACME Gallery, Los Angeles; W139, Amsterdam; Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach; Frye Art Museum, Seattle. Reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker and Image. Wickman is a Professor of Art at UCLA.

NANCY WANG YUEN ::

An Assistant Professor of Sociology at Biola University, Dr. Nancy Wang Yuen has conducted extensive research on race in the media.  Nancy has published an ethnographic study of Asian American actors and two reports on Asian Pacific Islander Americans in prime time television. Her dissertation study compares the experiences of professional working actors across race and gender. Currently, Nancy is working on a book chapter on African American actors and media representations of “South Central,” an article on news media coverage of race in the 2008 Democratic Primaries, and an article on racial landscapes in science fiction television.