Arkansas Author: Chip Pollard
Dr. Charles W. Pollard has a dual background in law (earning his degree from Harvard Law School and practicing in Chicago during the early 1990s) and English literature (with degrees from Oxford University and the University of Virginia). He moved in 2004 from Calvin College, where he was an associate professor of English, to John Brown University, where he now serves as president. Charles and his wife, Carey, have four children (Chad, Benjamin, Emma, and James) and live in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Author: Dr. Charles W. Pollard
Location: Siloam Springs, Ark.
Occupation: John Brown University President
Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
(From the Publisher) “Written for current students, those who work with them, and for all who remember their college days fondly. This book will hold special appeal for parents of current and prospective college students, as well as for people involved in Christian college ministry at any university.”
Tell us about your book, what’s it about?
Chapel services are a central part of the Christian college experience for thousands of today’s students, as well as faculty and staff members. It can be a time for leaders to inspire and encourage students to pursue their work with delightful fervor. The book is a published collection of addresses I made to students at JBU during chapel that I felt are useful to all of us. The chapters are organized around the structure of the academic year (opening day, first semester, Advent, second semester, and baccalaureate) to explore broader topics like, “Who am I?” “Finding Advent amid distraction” and “Saying farewell.”
Where is the book available to purchase?
The book is available at the JBU bookstore, local bookstores like Books on Broadway in Siloam Springs and through online retailers like Amazon in January 2011.
What inspired you to this write book?
I left [a career in law] to teach English literature because I wanted to teach undergraduates and to consider with them the important questions of life “Why are we here? Why is there joy and pain in life? What is beauty or truth or love? How should I treat others? Is there a God and does it matter? That desire to ask these questions continues today and the chapel messages and this resulting book are a reflection of that.
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