Scholars Speak is a collection of articles based on research and geared for the general audience. Each short essay is written by a member of the Fresno Pacific University faculty or staff and examines an issue of community interest through the lens of that writer’s scholarship and expertise. Faculty at FPU are experts in their fields and see it as part of their mission as educators to share their knowledge beyond the campus. The pieces in Scholars Speak offer a variety of perspectives, subjects and writing styles.
- The U.N. fails to protect women in the Congo
- By Doug Kulungu. - November 22, 2010
- Doug Kulungu (BA ’10) is concerned about his homeland. The Congo has been in the grip of civil war for more than 15 years. Not just soldiers suffer in this war; women are victimized by rape as a weapon of terror. Doug brings this horror to life in this edition of Scholars Speak.
- For some, divorce is not an evil—it's a lifeboat
- By Quenint Kinnison, Ph.D. - October 5, 2010
- The Bible—both Old and New testaments—have strong words on divorce. But can divorce, painful as it is, be the best, most Christian, of a set of bad options? Quentin Kinnision, Ph.D., Christian ministries faculty, answers a thoughtful Yes in this edition of Scholars Speak.
- Are Christians hate-filled hypocrites?
- By Tim Neufeld - September 13, 2010
- A pastor preaches book burning and catches worldwide attention, not only for himself but for the faith he claims to espouse. Christianity has been here before, seen as a violent hate-filled religion because of the actions of a few, not those of the many. Who are Christians, really? That's the question Tim Neufeld takes on in this edition of Scholars Speak.
- Skills for the 21st century
- By Jo Ellen Priest Misakian - April 26, 2010
- Employers know what kind of workers they want. They’re after people who can think critically, solve problems, communicate and collaborate. Employees and entrepreneurs in the 21st century must also be flexible, adaptive, innovative, creative, understand technological and environmental issues and be able to deal with people from a variety of nations and cultures.
- Sound like a tall order? In this Scholars Speak Jo Ellen Priest Misakian tells how to make that happen. Want a clue? Well, Misakian directs the school library program at Fresno Pacific University.
- All I really need to know I relearned running a marathon
- By Michael Kunz, Ph.D. - March 24, 2010
- The first marathon runner died at the end of his race; still people by the thousands participate every year in what is perhaps the ultimate test of athletic endurance. Going this distance is also a source of remembered wisdom, or so says Michael Kunz, Fresno Pacific University AIMS professor of science, in this edition of Scholars Speak.
- The real battle for the future of Afghanistan
- By Ken Martens Friesen, Ph.D. - February 25, 2010
- Between the Taliban and troop surges, Afghanistan grabs the headlines—but Pakistan may be the real issue in the region. Such is the case Ken Martens Friesen, Fresno Pacific University history and political science professor, makes in this edition of Scholars Speak.
- Do armed citizens deter crime?
- By Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, J.D. - January 12, 2010
- Guns—cause of crime or means for the innocent to protect themselves? It's one of those questions most voted likely to turn a pleasant discussion into a shouting match, but one that Duane Ruth-Heffelbower takes on in this Scholars Speak.
- All articles express the views expressed of their authors, not the official position of the university.