Here you will find interviews and lectures from the variety of events that the Raven Foundation has hosted or participated in over the years. We hope they offer a unique and insightful perspective on topics of interest to you.

Civil War and Sacred Ground, organized by the Raven Foundation and CACE
Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College, IL
March 16 and 17, 2012

The Raven Foundation partnered with the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College for a conference that explored the questions of Biblical interpretation that led to the Civil War and continue to impact American culture today. You can listen to a recording of Dr. Tracy McKenzie’s lecture, “And the War Came”: Moral Reflection on the Causes of the Conflict and a recording of Dr. Mark Noll’s lecture, “Both Pray to the Same God”, a look at Divine Providence. The Q&A for both sessions were moderated by Dr. Vincent Bacote, CACE. Laura Reminger Porter, then a PhD candidate in history at Notre Dame delivered a lecture entitled, The Problem of ‘Sin’ in the Civil War-Era Upper South. The recordings are available here.

Ethan Frome, adapted by Laura Eason
Lookingglass Theatre
March 19, 2011
Laura Eason directed her new adaptation of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome. Listen to Raven Founder Suzanne Ross’ interview with Eason. You can also listen to the pre-show lecture given by Dr. Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Professor of English at Governors State University.

Making Peace with Revelation, organized by the Raven Foundation
First Congregational Church of Wilmette, Wilmette, IL
Nov. 6, 2010
Making Peace with Revelation
featured keynote speakers Dr. Charles Mabee and Dr. Jim Papandrea. Small group sessions were led by Reverends Stephanie VanSlyke and Tripp Hudgins, Ann Frisch of Nonviolent Peaceforce, Tio Hardiman of CeaseFire and Joan Lundgren of CARE.

You can listen to Dr. Mabee’s keynote lecture in which he contents that the book of Revelation urgently exposes the irrationality of war. The audio recording of Dr. Jim Papandrea’s lecture, Looking Back on the Future, is available here.

Mimesis and the Globalization of Religious Terrorism
Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Notre Dame University
July 2, 2010
Suzanne Ross moderated a discussion that explored the psychological dimensions of religious violence with James W. Jones of Rutgers University and Charles Selengut of Drew University. Listen to this exploration of a critical and timely issue.

Icarus, written by David Catlin
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
January 23, 2010
David Catlin also directed his original production based on the ancient myth. Dr. Sandor Goodhart, Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Purdue University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Studies, delivered a pre-show lecture and wrote an article for the Lookingglass Study Guide entitled, Daedalus and the Fall of Icarus. You can also listen to Raven Founder Suzanne Ross’ interview with David Catlin about the themes of fathers and sons and present day parenting.

Peter Pan, adapted by Amanda Dehnert
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
December 4, 2010
Amanda Dehnert directed her original adaptation of Peter Pan, based on the books by J.M. Barrie. Dr. Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Professor of English at Governor’s State University, delivered her essay written for the Lookingglass study guide at a pre-show lecture. Listen to the audio or read the essay, The Persistence of Peter Pan. You can also listen to Raven Founder Suzanne Ross’ interview with Amanda Dehnert here.

Fedra, written by J. Nicole Brooks
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
October 17, 2009
The myth of Phaedra was reimagined for the stage by J. Nicole Brooks and directed by Laura Eason. Brooks and Eason discuss the adaptation with Raven Founder Suzanne Ross. You can also listen to the pre-show discussion of the legend and history of Phaedra through to its latest version with Dr. Sandor Goodhart, Professor of English and Dr. Patrice Rankin of the Classics Department, both from Purdue University.

Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago
March 21, 2009
This production featured Lookingglass ensemble members Laura Eason and David Schwimmer as Emily and George. Dr. Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Professor of English at Governor’s State University participated in a post-show discussion and her article for the Lookingglass Theatre’s study guide, “The Passion to Know What Life Means to Us in Our Town”, is available for download here.