From Bob Shuster's introduction to the first BGC Archival Research
Lecture in December 2008: "We on the staff have the privilege of meeting
a wide range of scholars, Christian workers, and the general public engaged
on many different types of research, from preparing a one woman show, to filming
a documentary, to fashioning a web site to researching books, articles dissertations
on a wide range of topics in Christian and secular history.... The purpose of
the BGC research lectures, which we hope to offer from time to time, is to give
the Wheaton campus and community a chance to share in the adventure of learning
about these exciting research trips and discoveries. We plan to ask people who
have been digging ore from the Archives mines to talk a little about both their
own experiences in the digging - the archival research experience - and the
ore they have found - the larger study of which the data from the Archives will
be a part. And every talk will be followed by questions and general discussion.
We hope this can be one way that the BGC Archives can contribute to Wheaton's
rich mix of knowledge, experiences and, above all, people."
2008: Dr. Joel Carpenter, "Wheaton, Moody and the China Connection: Finding Our Ancestors in the Archives."
Dr. Uta Balbier, "God and Coca-Cola: Billy Graham in Germany"
2010 Dr. Alan Bearman,'"The Atomic Gospeller Goes Global: Billy Graham and the 1954 Greater London Crusade"
2011 Dr. Amy Artman, "Televising Testimony: Kathryn Kuhlman and Your Faith and Mine"
2012 Dr. Hans Krabbendam, "The Lost Continent? The Discovery of Europe by American Evangelicals,1940-1980"
2013 Dr. Tu Yichao, "Panda Huggers and Dragon Killers: Billy Graham, American Evangelcials, and Sino-American Relations"
2014 Dr. Melanie McAlister, "Congo Crisis: U.S. Evangelicals, Congolese Christians, and the Politics of Race and Decolonization, 1960-1964"