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IJES Advisory Council

Advisory Council 2017

 

 

Randy Ataide 

Randy Ataide (MA, JD) is former Professor of Entrepreneurship & Executive Director of the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego CA.  He teaches, writes and speaks frequently about innovation, agriculture, competitive strategy, entrepreneurship and related fields. While a fruit grower in California’s San Joaquin Valley he took graduate courses in theology at Fresno Pacific Seminary and was profoundly affected by Jacques Ellul’s thinking as he studied with Prof. Mark Baker.

 

Stephanie Bennett

Stephanie Bennett is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, where she teaches Communication Ethics, Social Issues in Mass Media, and seminars exploring the connections between technology, interpersonal communication, faith, and culture. Her doctoral dissertation was on The Disappearance of Silence:  A Dialectical Exploration of the Interpersonal Implications of Personal Mobile Media as Viewed through the Lens of Jacques Ellul’s la technique. Her most recent book is Communicating Love:  Staying Close in a 24/7 Media-Saturated Society.

 

Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the world’s leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination, and Sabbath as Resistance: Saying NO to the Culture of Now.

Cliff Christians

Clifford Christians is Emeritus Professor of Communications and Media Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana.  His PhD dissertation (Illinois, 1974) was on “Jacques Ellul’s La Technique in a Communications Context.”  He is co-editor of Jacques Ellul: Interpretive Essays (1981) and author or editor of thirteen books and hundreds of essays, chapters, articles, and reviews in the field of media ethics.  He has been a distinguished scholar or visiting professor at Chicago, Princeton, and Oxford.  He served as Editor of the Ellul Forum (2000-2012) and was a founding member of the IJES Board of Directors.

 

Robb Davis

Robb Davis holds a master’s degree in public health and a PhD in population dynamics from Johns Hopkins University. He has over twenty years’ experience in international development in the field of maternal and child health and nutrition. He was Executive Director of the Mennonite Central Committee. He was elected to the Davis, California, city council in June, 2014 and became mayor in July, 2016. Robb’s article “Our Food System Equation” (Fall 2010) and interview “Bringing Ellul to the City Council” (Fall 2016) appeared in the Ellul Forum.

 

Ray Downing

(MD, New York) spent about one-third of his professional career as a medical doctor in the USA and two-thirds in several countries in Africa, currently in the Department of Family Medicine at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Among his books are As They See It: The Development of African AIDS Discourse (2005), Suffering and Healing in America (2006), Death and Life in America (2008), and Biohealth: Beyond Medicalization: Imposing Health (2011). Ray’s approach to medical practice has been shaped not just by Western medical education but by clinical experience among the poor in America and Africa, by biblical and non-Western health and healing, and by biotechnology critics such as Ivan Illich and Jacques Ellul.

 

 

Darrell Fasching

Darrell Fasching (Ph.D. Syracuse University) is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa. He is the author of the first book/monograph ever published on Ellul, The Thought of Jacques Ellul: A Systematic Exposition, (1981) and the founding editor of The Ellul Forum (1988 – 2000).  His two-volume work on global ethics and public policy, Narrative Theology After Auschwitz: From Alienation to Ethics (1992) and The Ethical Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima: Apocalypse or Utopia? (1993) formed the foundation for his co-authored textbook Comparative Religious Ethics: A Narrative Approach to Global Ethics (2011). His book, No One Left Behind: Is Universal Salvation Biblical? (2011), is dedicated to Ellul and offers a biblical defense of Ellul’s vision of universal salvation. Founding IJES board member.

 

Andrew Goddard

Andrew Goddard earned his PhD at Oxford University (UK) and is the author of Living the Word, Resisting the World: The Life and Thought of Jacques Ellul the definitive English language introduction to Ellul’s life and thought.  He served as a member of the Faculty of Theology in Oxford University from 1999 to 2008 and as Tutor in Christian Ethics at Trinity College, Bristol from 2008 to 2011.  He is now Associate Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics at Tyndale House, Cambridge.  Andrew was a founding board member of the IJES.

 

Joyce Hanks

Joyce Main Hanks (PhD, Washington University) taught French in Costa Rica and Argentina and served until her retirement as Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Scranton (PA). She is the translator of several books by Jacques Ellul including The Humiliation of the Word (1985), Jesus and Marx (1988), and Reason for Being (1990). Her extraordinary and relentless research also produced: Jacques Ellul: A Comprehensive Bibliography (1984, with later follow-up volumes) and the 500-page masterpiece, The Reception of Jacques Ellul’s Critique of Technology: An Annotated Bibliography of Writings 0n His Life and Thought (2007).  Joyce was a founding board member of the IJES.

 

 

Bruce MacKay

Bruce Mackay is the son of missionaries in South India but moved to New Zealand in 1960. He has degrees in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and Ecology.  He has worked extensively in local government and private practice as a landscape designer, recreation planner and ecologist in New Zealand and the UK for over 30 years. He has been involved with the South Pacific Christian Anarchist movement and with small Christian Anabaptist groups in Birmingham UK (Peace Church) and in Hamilton, New Zealand (Ex-iles). He discovered Ellul’s work about 1978. Eager to read untranslated works of Ellul, he embarked on a translation of Ellul’s Islam and Judeo-Christianity which was published in 2015.

 

Carl Mitcham

Carl Mitcham is Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies at the Colorado School of Mines and a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Earlier he served as Director of the Science, Technology, and Society program at Penn State. He is an eminent philosopher of technology, and the author, editor, or co-editor of many works including Philosophy and Technology (1972), Theology and Technology (1984), The Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (rev. 2005), and the standard introduction to the field, Thinking Through Technology: The Path Between Engineering and Philosophy (1994).  He is a founding board member of the IJES.

Richard Stivers

Richard Stivers is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Illinois State Unversity.  He is the author of many acclaimed critical studies of technology, ethics, and culture such as Evil in Modern Myth and Ritual (1983), The Culture of Cynicism: American Morality in Decline (1994), Technology as Magic: The Triumph of the Irrational (1999), Hair of the Dog (rev. ed. 2000), Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a Technological Society (2004), and The Illusion of Freedom and Equality (2008).

Sue Wentworth

Sue F. Wentworth (Ph.D., Emory University), now a writer living in Cambridge, MA, served for many years as a lay leader and liturgist for St. Mary’s Church (Roman Catholic) and St. Margaret’s Church (Episcopal) in Annapolis, MD.  Prior to this she taught systematic theology as an adjunct professor at Candler School of Theology, Emory, and was Manager of Public Affairs for Cox Enterprises.  Her article “’On the Lookout for the Unexpected’:  Ellul as Combative Contemplative” appeared in the July 2013 Ellul Forum.

 

 

The IJES Advisory Council is made up of English-speaking IJES members from an international scope. Along with providing general support and credibility to the Society, these scholars, friends, and associates provide advice and council in response to various reports and initiatives overseen by the IJES Board.  They are a vital part of the Society’s team as both ambassadors and advisers.