Concordia St. Paul News

March 12, 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Burkart Featured Speaker at 12th Annual Poehler Lecture


Concordia University, St. Paul Professor Emeritus of Educational Media/Communications Dr. Jeffrey Burkart will be the honored speaker for the 12th annual Poehler Lecture Series on Christian Faith and Learning. Burkart will present his topic “The Persistence of Vision: Reflections on Faith and Learning,” on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 7 p.m., in the Buetow Music Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The Poehler Lecture Series is an annual event designed to explore how Concordia University faculty have connected their Christian faith with their academic discipline. Speakers are selected based on excellence in their academic discipline and maturity in their Christian faith.  The series is made possible by a gift from Robert and Elisabeth Trembath and is named in honor of The Rev. Dr. Willy August Poehler, Concordia’s president from 1946 -1970 and the father of Elisabeth Trembath.

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.