by Adventist Today News Team
Two scholars from Columbia University will speak this coming weekend at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Maryland. “Destination 2020: Justice and Provision of Global Social Goods in an Era of Crises, Needs and Increasing Scarcities” is the topic for the 32nd annual Keough Lectures to be held in H. M. S. Richards Hall at 7 p.m. Friday (March 22) and 3:30 p.m. Saturday (March 23).
Paul Mikov is an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, currently working on the staff of the Boris Trajikovski International Foundation. He teaches in programs on human rights and humanitarian activities at Columbia. He served for nine years on the staff of World Vision International, the largest Evangelical non-governmental organization. For the last six years he was United Nations representative for World Vision.
Jonathan Papoulidis is a senior policy advisor on peace and humanitarian affairs for World Vision Canada and currently a visiting scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He previously served with the United Nations on three continents in peacekeeping, conflict prevention, government reform and disaster recovery. He played key roles in the U.N. missions for Aceh, Indonesia, and the country of Liberia in the aftermath of armed conflicts.
The Keough Lectures were established as the legacy of G. Arthur Keough, an Adventist missionary in the Middle East who later served as chairman of the department of religion at WAU, then named, successively, Washington Missionary College and Columbia Union College. Dr. Zack Plantak is currently chairman of the religion department and coordinator of the lecture series.