April 1 | 11th Annual Nyack Scholars Symposium

“Creating a Just Society,” is the theme of Nyack’s 11th Annual Scholars Symposium hosted by Nyack’s Center for Racial Reconciliation. It will take place on Thursday, April 1, 2021, 9:00 AM–3:45 PM on Facebook Live and Zoom. Students, faculty, alumni and friends can log on to the Zoom webinar. (ID:952 2609 1292; Passcode: 229312)This tradition exemplifies Nyack’s commitment to being socially relevant and brings together the campus and extended community to be informed and inspired by plenary speakers who are nationally known leaders.

Three plenary sessions will be conducted throughout the day.

Plenary Session One: 9:30-10:00 AM
Speaker Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church  in Chicago, IL. He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won a 2018 InterVarsity Press “Book of the Year Award” and was named the 2019 “Social Issues Resource of the Year” by Outreach Magazine. Gilliard also serves as an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary and on the Board of Directors for the Christian Community Development Association. In 2015, the Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.” Gilliard’s forthcoming book Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege will be released on August 24, 2021.

Plenary Session Two: 10:00 AM-11:15 AM
Hosted by Center for Racial Reconciliation Director Dr. Nathaniel Perez and Iris Goicochea: A Panel on “Creating a Just Society: Pursuing the Kingdom of God on This Side of Heaven

Plenary Session Three: 1:00 PM-1:30 PM
Speaker Dr. Efrem Smith, is the co-lead pastor of Bayside Church Midtown, a thriving and multi-ethnic community in Sacramento, California. An internationally recognized preacher, he has been a featured speaker for organizations and events such as Athletes in Action, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Compassion International, the Urban Youth Workers Institute, and Thrive. He is the author of Raising Up Young Heroes, The Hip Hop Church, Jump, The Post-Black and Post-White Church, and Killing Us Softly. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Seminary.

Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary faculty and student presenters will be featured in 14 dynamic breakout sessions at 11:15 AM-12:30 PM, 1:30-2:30 PM, and 2:45–3:45 PM. A recording of all sessions will be archived on the Center for Racial Reconciliation webpage.