Azusa Pacific University presents the 22nd annual William E. and Ernest L. Boyer Common Day of Learning (CDL) on Tues., March 4, on West Campus, located at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. This campus–wide multidisciplinary conference dedicated to the commemoration and celebration of academic discovery features scholarly seminars with faculty, student, and guest presenters. The theme for this year’s conference is “Speaking the Truth in Love: Knowledge in the Framework of Compassion” (Eph. 4:15). The public is invited to attend the free daylong event. For more information, visit or contact David Dorman, Ph.D., CDL faculty director, at (626) 387-5853 or

Keynote speaker Kara E. Powell, Ph.D., delivers her address entitled “The Biggest Lie You’ve Swallowed . . . and How It Hurts You Every Day” at 11 a.m. in the Felix Event Center. Powell will delve into her team’s research on the spiritual life and calling of today’s church, and explore how these findings impact the APU community. She will also teach a session on deep justice and the rethinking of short–term mission trips. Powell is a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary and serves as the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute. Previously, Powell was an assistant professor of youth ministry and practical theology at APU. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Powell is the author and co-author of several Sticky Faith books and the Deep Justice book series.

Notable CDL sessions:

• "The Chicano/Latino Experience: Exploring Culture"

Speakers: Marcela Rojas, MFA, Ph.D., Department of Modern Languages; and undergraduate students: Mark Miller, Spanish/journalism major; Andrew Soria Spanish/English major; Vivianne Carrasco, Spanish major; Aaron Acosta, business major

• "God’s Kingdom Come: Unleashing Compassion in the City"

Speakers: Colleen Livermore, Kern Center for Vocational Ministry; Becks Heyhoe, Costa Mesa liaison for homelessness at Rock Harbor Church; Tommy Nixon, executive director of Solidarity; and Kevin Young, pastor of Victory Outreach Church in Inglewood

• "Unfavorable Odds: Moral, Philosophical, and Spiritual Implications of The Hunger Games"

Speakers: Thomas Parham, Ph.D., Department of Theater, Film, and Television; Gary Black, Ph.D., Graduate School of Theology; and Keith Matthews, D.Min., Graduate Ministry Department

• "Is Graduate School the Right Place for You to 'Seek' the Truth in Love?"

Speakers: Joseph Bentz, Ph.D., Department of English; Thomas Eng, M.S., Office of Career Services; Steve Syverson, Graduate Admissions; and Brian Eck, Ph.D., Department of Psychology