Dr. Kenneth Parker, Associate Professor of Theological Studies , was selected as the Spring 2010 speaker. Dr. Parker spoke on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in the Saint Louis Room in the Busch Student Center. The title of his presentations was "The Three Elements of Life."
Dr. Parker received his B.A. in History and Writing from Houghton College, his M.A. in Historical Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Divinity from the University of Cambridge. He worked on post-doctoral studies in Nineteenth-Century Roman Catholic Theology and Church History at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He was also a monk for five years at Saint Andrew's Abbey in the Mojave Desert. Dr. Parker arrived at Saint Louis University in 1992 and he teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate and
graduate level. Dr. Parker received the Helen Mandeville Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities in 2008.
In the spring of 2007, Dr. Parker conceived a plan to bring undergraduate courses to a prison in our region. Through the support
of Fr. Wayne Hellmann, the department chair, and faculty and upper administration, he negotiated with the Missouri Department of Corrections to implement a pilot program. The Incarnate Word Foundation very generously provided the funding to start the project. The officials in Jefferson City approved the SLU Prison Initiative in December 2007, and the first course began in January 2008.
Dr. Parker's Last Lecture, Spring 2010