Skip To Content

Poehler Lecture Series

  • Poehler Lecture Series


The Poehler Lecture Series is an annual event designed to explore how students and faculty in the College of Arts and Letters, College of Education and Science, and College of Business and Organizational Leadership have connected their Christian faith with their academic discipline. Speakers are selected based on excellence in their academic discipline and the maturity of their Christian faith.

Past Poehler Lectures

2014 Poehler Lecture - Dr. David Mennicke

About Dr. David Mennicke

Dr. David Mennicke, professor of music at Concordia University since 1989 and a recognized leader in the field of choral music, delivered the annual Poehler Lecture on Faith and Learning, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The title of Mennicke's presentation is "When in our Music God is Glorified: Trinitarion Reflections on Music, Faith and Learning." Location: Graebner Memorial Chapel.

The lecture, at which faculty members of note explore the connections they have made between the Christian faith and their academic disciplines through their careers, is in its 13th year and is named in honor of Concordia’s third President Willy August Poehler, who served the university in that capacity from 1946 through 1970.

 

View Full Details

2013 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Jeffrey Burkart

About Dr. Jeffrey Burkart

Rev. Dr. Robert Holst

"The Persistence of Vision: Reflections on Faith and Learning,"

The Poehler Lecture was held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

The 32-year career of Jeffrey Burkart as a professor at Concordia only begins to reflect his contributions to the lives of people in parishes and classrooms across the church in his more than four decades of ministry. His formal training at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest (B.A.), the University of Nebraska (M.A.), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.) has complemented an utterly singular set of gifts--as teacher, composer, writer, director, public speaker, and leader in Christian education at multiple levels.

Burkart has been a resource to the wider Lutheran Christian community, all the while maintaining his full array of duties as one of Concordia's most popular, versatile, and celebrated faculty members. Those contributions, at Concordia and elsewhere, were recognized by his undergraduate alma mater in 2005 (Litt.D.), and by the Lutheran Education Association's bestowal of its Christus Magister Award in 2012.

 

View Full Details

2012 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Dale Trapp and Rev. Dr. Thomas Trapp

About Dr. Dale Trapp and Rev. Dr. Thomas Trapp

 Dr. Dale Trapp and Rev. Dr. Thomas Trapp

"Head to Head! Heart to Heart!"

The Poehler Lecture was held on April 24, 2012 at 7:00pm in
the Buetow Auditorium.

View powerpoint presentation from the event.

 

 

 

View Full Details

2011 Poehler Lecture - Rev. Dr. Robert Holst

About Rev. Dr. Robert Holst

Rev. Dr. Robert HolstThe speaker for the 10th Annual Poehler Lecture on Faith and Learning was Rev. Dr. Robert Holst. The title of the lecture was Faith, Learning and Jesus? Prayer: Luke 11:2-4. President Holst reflected on his education and career as a missionary, a college theology professor, an administrator, and 20 years as president of Concordia University St. Paul.

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Video

View Full Details

2010 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Loma Meyer

About Dr. Loma Meyer

Dr. Loma Meyer Loma Meyer's contributions to higher education in the church and the wider academy are singular and extraordinary. Educated at the University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University, with doctorates from both the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Minnesota, she was certified for the church's teaching ministry by colloquy. Her arrival at Concordia Saint Paul in 1967 marked the beginning of a career in higher education as an award-winning professor, director of instruction, dean of the faculty, vice president for academic affairs, and executive vice president?holding several of these positions simultaneously.

In the higher education of the church, Dr. Meyer has been among the most noteworthy leaders and administrators of her time, perpetually serving on task forces, local and national boards, and commissions. The broader academic community has long sought her expertise as well; and she has been active in various capacities for the Minnesota State Board of Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Regarded by her students and colleagues with admiration, profound respect, and affection, the years of her tenure at Concordia are often referred to simply as "the Loma Meyer era."

2010 Video

View Full Details

2009 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Carl J. Schoenbeck

About Dr. Carl J. Schoenbeck

Dr. Carl J. SchoenbeckCarl Schoenbeck has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career in Lutheran education, from the elementary school classroom to the highest levels of university administration. Dr. Schoenbeck earned both his bachelor and master of arts degrees at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois, and did his doctoral work at the University of Minnesota. Throughout his four decades of teaching and educational leadership, Dr. Schoenbeck has excelled at every level and at every task directed his way. Probably more than any other single individual, Dr. Schoenbeck led Concordia University, Saint Paul, in the transition to its present status as a multifaceted university; and he has done so with an administrative style characterized by openness, collegiality, a selfless disregard for any credit that might have come his way, and an unwavering commitment to the Christian mission of the university. All the while, Dr. Schoenbeck augmented his work at Concordia with equally committed service to his parish and its own school, his immediate and extended community, his peers in the profession, and other colleges and universities who have often sought his expertise and assistance.

2009 Video

View transcript

View Full Details

2008 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Herman K. Wentzel

About Dr. Herman K. Wentzel

Dr. Herman K. Wentzel Dr. Herman K. Wentzel is a professor emeritus of education and psychology at Concordia University, St. Paul. He received his B.A. at Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois, his M.A. from the University of Minnesota, his Ed. D. from Columbia University, New York, and a certificate in college and university administration from the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University. He was awarded the honorary L.L.D. by Concordia College, Bronxville, New York. At Concordia University, St. Paul, Dr. Wentzel taught in the education department and served as interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Executive Vice President, and Acting President. He was active on many committees and in faculty development projects. Prior to coming to St. Paul, he taught and served as academic dean at Concordia College, Bronxville, New York while also leading its development from a two-year institution to a four-year college. He also served as teacher and principal in Lutheran schools in Kansas and Missouri, and as a teacher and dormitory counselor at St. Paul's College, Concordia, Missouri. In addition, he has served as congregational organist, choir director, president, and committee member.

Drawing on his experience of 47 years as a Christian educator, in the Seventh Annual Poehler Lecture on Faith and Learning, Dr. Wentzel will set forth the basis in faith for all our activities at a Christian university. He will emphasize the centrality of the University's mission, noting especially "the context of the Christian Gospel," while also noting parallels in methodology in achieving the two goals of the University, growth in faith (the spiritual realm) and development of appropriate habits of thought (the rational realm). He will explain how the methodology used in the development of habits of thought may contribute positively to the development of faith as the University carries out its role as Christian educator. He also asserts that the pursuit of freedom and truth which the University fosters in the rational realm is not complete without the accompanying freedom found in the Gospel. Finally, he will discuss how changes in the culture and methodology of the University present challenges in carrying out its mission.

2008 Video

View transcript

View Full Details

2007 Poehler Lecture - Rev. Dr. Stephen C. Stohlmann

About Rev. Dr. Stephen C. Stohlmann

Rev. Dr. Stephen C. Stohlmann PicRev. Dr. Stephen C. Stohlmann is a professor of theology and biblical languages, director of the colloquy program, coordinator of the pre-deaconess program and CSP coordinator for the Iowa West Lay Leadership Institute. He received his bachelor's degree at Concordia Sr. College in Ft.Wayne, Indiana, his master of divinity degree at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri and a master of arts and Ph.D. at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has served as professor at Concordia University, St. Paul since 1976. Prior to coming to Concordia he served as dual parish pastor at Zion, Hampton and Immanuel Lutheran, Polk, Nebraska from 1971-1976. While at Concordia, Dr. Stohlmann has been instrumental in founding the Oswald Hoffman School of Christian Outreach and in the training of countless workers for the church. He has published numerous articles and given many presentations on the Old Testament, Law and Gospel, and has recently published works on the Athanasian Creed and a Bible study on Law and Gospel for lay people.

In the Sixth Annual Poehler Lecture on Faith and Learning, Dr. Stohlmann explored the impact the multifaceted Word of God can have on the academic enterprise. In recent years, increasing diversity in faculty, student body and curriculum has caused many changes in Lutheran higher education. Yet, he maintains that Lutheran Christian education can still remain a holistic education concerned both with the mind and the spirit. While acknowledging the tensions which increasing diversity brings to Lutheran higher education, he suggests that the relationship of faith and reason can only be examined in the light of the resurrection of our Lord. He proposes that faith in the resurrection does not limit, but rather sets the Christian free to explore God's creation and the human creature and to engage in a fruitful dialogue between faith and reason. In the process faith can be enlightened and reason can be humbled as students and faculty engage in the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom and truth, all in the context of the Gospel and resurrection of our Lord.

2007 Video

View transcript

View Full Details

2006 Poehler Lecture - Rev. Dr. David A. Lumpp

About Rev. Dr. David A. Lumpp

Rev. Dr. David A. Lumpp PicDavid Lumpp is professor and chairperson of the department of theology at Concordia University. He received his bachelor's degree at Concordia Senior College; and his master of divinity, master of sacred theology, and doctor of theology degrees at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. His areas of professional expertise are primarily in systematic and historical theology. Prior to coming to Concordia University, St. Paul, he served on the faculty of Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has also worked part-time as an editorial assistant at the Center for Reformation Research and in the editorial department of Concordia Publishing House, both in St. Louis. He was ordained to the pastoral ministry of The Lutheran Church?Missouri Synod in 1983, at which time he was placed at and appointed to the faculty at Concordia, Ann Arbor. Within the Missouri Synod, he has served on the Commission on Worship and, more recently, on the Synod's Commission on Theology and Church Relations (serving for the past four years on its executive committee).

He has spoken and written for both academic and church audiences. He has written chapters for two popular books of Christian instruction, and edited another; and his devotional writings have appeared in two collections. His articles and reviews have appeared in Evangelium, the Concordia Journal, the Concordia Theological Quarterly, Religious Studies Review, Lutheran Quarterly, The Lutheran Witness, Lutheran Education, Lutheran Theological Journal (of Australia), the Metro Lutheran, and Theological Studies, among others. He has presented papers at numerous meetings of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, twice at meetings of the International Congress for Luther Research, and has been a plenary presenter at Concordia Seminary's annual theological symposium. Currently he is serving both as an author and contributing editor of a projected two-volume work of dogmatic theology, scheduled for release within the next two years.

View transcript

View Full Details

2005 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Kay Madson

About Dr. Kay Madson

Dr. Kay Madson PicDr. Kay Madson is a "small-town girl" from Central Minnesota whose personal and professional curiosity about people and the systems in which they live and work has carried her to fascinating destinations throughout the world - from India to Mexico to China. Her interests as a sociologist have focused on underrepresented or marginalized individuals in society in such areas as social welfare, ethnic minorities and the criminal justice system. Madson explored these interests first as a public welfare case worker, then as an adjunct instructor at local universities. She began her own "field investigation" of family sociology as an at-home mom during her three children's elementary school years, later returning to teaching at Concordia University, as an adjunct (1983) and then as tenure track faculty (1989). She was chair of the Social Sciences department (1990-93) and served as executive vice president (1993-2001). She has developed and taught a variety of classes in her discipline, particularly those that address issues of class, ethnicity and legal rights. Her current research project with CSP students is studying the religious beliefs and practices of adult children of Hmong immigrants and the extent to which these are affected by their dual culture.

2005 Poehler Lecture

View transcript

View Full Details

2004 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Eleanor Elson Heginbotham

Dr. Eleanor Elson Heginbotham

"The (General) Education of Henri(etta) Adams: Living with the Word"

View transcript

View Full Details

2003 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Bruce Corrie

Dr. Bruce Corrie

About Dr. Bruce Corrie

Dean - College of Business and Organizational Leadership 

2003 Poehler Lecture

View Full Details

2002 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Kathryn Schenk

2002 Poehler Lecture - Dr. Kathryn Schenk

View Full Details

 

 

Resources

Website Feedback Form