Business Department to Host Star Parker Lecture on Poverty

Bethel’s business department will be hosting a lecture on poverty given by Star Parker on Monday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Middleton Hall of Science – Octorium.

Parker graduated from Woodbury University with a bachelor’s in marketing and business and is the founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a nonprofit think tank which promotes market-based public policy to fight poverty.

Now a social policy consultant, Parker consults with Republican legislators on numerous urban issues, has lectured on anti-poverty initiatives at more than 180 colleges and universities, and serves on the advisory boards for several national organizations. She has been featured in ABC's 20/20, Rush Limbaugh, Readers Digest, James Dobson, the 700 Club, Dr. George Grant, Christianity Today, James Robison, Newsmax, Charisma and World Magazine.

Parker will be speaking about her personal experience with welfare dependency and reckless living, and how her relationship with Christ helped her break the cycle of poverty. Attendance for this lecture is free to the public.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Business Aaron Schavey, Ph.D., at or 574.257.3281.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.