The Women's Studies Lecture Series is an annual event for male and female students, spouses, and friends of GRTS that promotes awareness about issues related to gender and diversity from a Christian Worldview. Various guest lecturers present on topics that are related to relevant issues associated with ministry and current academic research. This free evening event provides a forum that fosters thoughtful dialogue and conversations that are an extension of our women's studies cognate which is embedded in many of our Master's Degree programs at GRTS.
The next lecture will be presented by Rebecca Deng of She's My Sister, a program of the American Bible Society. Her lecture will focus on her experience as a Sudanese refugee and her work bringing trauma healing to hurting women and children in the Great Lake region of Africa (GLA) . It will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7pm in the Leon J. Wood seminary building at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Rebecca received her Master of Arts degree in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies with a minor in Social Work from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Her expertise is in development, education, governance and peace and conflict mitigation. Rebecca came to the United States as a former Lost Girl of Sudan after living in Kakuma Refugee Camp for eight years. The violence she experienced as a child during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005) has given her a deep empathy for children and young adults who face similar situations today. Rebecca is a wife and mother and currently lives in Washington, D.C.