Ivan Fahs Memorial Symposium

Annual lecture and chapel featuring a noted sociologist or anthropologist


The Ivan Fahs Symposium takes place each fall and consists of a lecture and chapel message given by notable sociologists or anthropologists. On October 15, 2014, the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, along with the Center for Applied Christian Ethics (CACE), is pleased to host Andy Crouch for a morning chapel address and an evening syposium at Barrows Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. 

Mr. Crouch comes to us as the Executive Producer of This Is Our City and is the Special Assistant to the President at Christianity Today International. He is the author of Culture Making and the executive producer of the documentary films, Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip.

Past speakers have included: 

  • Warden Burl Cain
  • Dr. Marla Frederick
  • Dr. Christian Smith
  • Dr. Melba Maggay
  • Dr. Lisa McMinn
  • Dr. Robert Priest
  • Dr. Peter Cha
  • Dr. Laura Montgomery
  • Dr. Michael Lindsey
  • Dr. Mwenda Ntarangwi
  • Dr. Teresa Sullivan

Ivan FahsIvan J. Fahs served the Sociology Department at Wheaton College faithfully for many years as a professor. He was a gentle man who wanted Sociology to serve "the least of these."

He was a friend of the homeless, he was a friend of the powerless, and he acted as a servant leader in everything that he did.

Ivan loved life to the fullest. He took time for conversations with people, and he made Sociology meaningful to eveyone he met. He loved the Lord with all his heart, and he loved people just as much. Behind a tenacious commitment to excellence was a man of great compassion.

He went to be with his Lord in January of 2002, and the Ivan J. Fahs Memorial Seminar Room was dedicated in his honor. In October 2003, the department sponsored its first conference in his memory.

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