Austin WalkerLumen Christi Institute
Madison ChastainLumen Christi Institute
Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute’s Newman Forum. Open to current high school students.
Are you already tired of being quarantined in your house? Feel a little bit like you might kill your siblings?
The book of Genesis is one of the most interesting and difficult books of the Bible. And there is so much more to it than meets the eye. For example:
How was a snake able to trick Eve? Why do Adam and Eve respond to God so suspiciously? And then there's the Cain and Abel story...why on Earth does Cain jump to murdering his brother? What are we supposed to learn from this Scripture?
Austin Walker is Assistant Director of the Lumen Christi Institute, where he heads the Newman Forum for high school students. A native of Mandeville, Louisiana, Austin received a B.A. in Classical Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before spending four years teaching high school (English, Latin, Drama) in the Mississippi Delta. He moved to Chicago where he is finishing a Ph.D. on Saint John Henry Newman's Political Philosophy in the Committee on Social Thought. He taught religion for four years at St. Vincent Ferrer Middle School and currently teaches in the University of Chicago's Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults. At Lumen Christi, he directs the Newman Forum for high school students and assists with campus programming and development.
Madison Chastain is Program Coordinator of the Newman Forum, the Lumen Christi Institute's programming for high school students. Madison received a BA from Saint Mary's College of California, where she studied English as well as Theology and Religious Studies. After spending a year teaching religion to middle schoolers in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Lasallian Volunteer, Madison came to the University of Chicago Divinity School where she is finishing her MA. Her research focuses on Catholic disability theology and medical ethics.