Dr. Jeffrey Burkart, Professor of Educational Media/Communications Emeritus and current Concordia Artist-in-Resicence, will deliver the 12th Annual Poehler Lecture, titled "The Persistence of Vision: Reflections on Faith and Learning" April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Buetow Auditorium.
The 32-year career of Jeffrey Burkart as a professor at Concordia University, St. Paul 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.) have complemented an utterly singular set of gifts–as teacher, composer, writer, director, public speaker, and leader in Christian education at multiple levels.
Jeffrey Burkart has been a resource to the wider Lutheran Christian community, all the while maintaining his full complement of duties as one of Concordia’s most popular, versatile, and celebrated faculty members. Those contributions, here at CSP 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.
As varied as Jeff’s work has been–whether in terms of setting, audience, or genre–each facet of it manifests an even greater unity of focus and purpose. In a way that very few others can claim, his multidimensional work expresses splendidly the final unifying clause of Concordia University’s Mission Statement: it has all been done “in the context of the Christian Gospel.”
The Poehler Lecture features Concordia faculty of note exploring the connections they have made between the Christian faith and their academic disciplines through their careers.
The Poehler Lecture Series was made possible by a gift from Robert and Elisabeth Trembath. The series is named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Willy August Poehler, Concordia’s president from 1946-1970 and the father of Elisabeth Trembath.