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MNU Rekindles American Heritage Week

Updated September 8, 2015. In preparation for MNU’s 50th anniversary in 2016, the university is reintroducing programs and traditions that hold significant value to its students, alumni, staff and faculty. The Donald S. Metz American Heritage Week is one such program. American Heritage Week will be held September 15-17, 2015.

Originally created circa 1968 by the university’s first academic dean, Dr. Donald S. Metz, to celebrate and honor our American heritage, American Heritage Week encompasses a lecture series centered on the theme, “With Liberty and Justice for All.” The events, which are also open to the public, include:

  • Convocation featuring special guest Allen Brown, attorney and member of the first graduating class of MNU. Brown will speak to the unique nature of our democracy and the importance of engaging as Christians and U.S. citizens to preserve and protect our civil liberties. No admission cost, public welcome. 

    Date, location and time: September 15, College Church of the Nazarene Sanctuary, 9:30 a.m. Admission is free.
  • MNU Tuesday Luncheon features Allen and Saralyn Brown. The pair will discuss opportunities provided in the U.S. for entrepreneurs and visionaries to pursue their dreams.

    Date, location and time: September 15, Bell Cultural Events Center, 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $11.00 if paid in advance online up to the day before the event or $13.00 the day of the event
  • Perspectives: Forums on Life, Culture and Faith. Concluding American Heritage Week is the first of several forums the university is introducing to explore how Christians can respond to current issues facing society today. Faculty members will present, then a 3-student panel will pose questions after which the audience is invited to interact with questions and comments. The forums are moderated by faculty members.
  • A Christian’s Response to:

    • Economic Inequality in American Society, presented by Bo Cassell, moderated by Abby Hodges. Location: Performing Arts Hall
    • The Confederate Flag and the Power of Symbols, presented by Elizabeth George, moderated by Jordan Mantha. Location: McIntire Room
    • Terrorism and the Privacy/Security Debate, presented by Todd Hiestand, moderated by Andrew Overholt. Location: Snowbarger Room. 
  • Date, location and time: September 17, 9: 30 a.m., Bell Cultural Events Center. Admission is free. Public welcome. 

Reinstituting American Heritage Week is one way in which the university is honoring its roots and the commitment of MNU founders to uphold and honor this heritage. Known as Mid-America Nazarene College at the time of its founding, the college adopted the theme of American Heritage Education to emphasize the ideals of racial tolerance, compassion, service and patriotism through its curriculum and activities.

“Today, the principles of American Heritage Education still ring true,” MNU President David Spittal says. “By offering varying perspectives on the many social and civil struggles we face as Christian citizens, we are creating the opportunity for better understanding of one another and our individual responsibilities.”



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