McGovern Legacy Gala, DWU Stark Lecture keynote wrote book on McGovern

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Tickets are available for the McGovern Center’s first gala event.

The McGovern Center’s Living the Legacy Gala is set for Monday, Jan. 15, with Mark Lempke, author of “My Brother’s Keeper: George McGovern and Progressive Christianity,” as the keynote speaker. This is a semiformal event and will be in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Carly Hubers, McGovern Center program coordinator, at Tickets are $50 per person.

“The Legacy Gala is a way for us to showcase the work of the McGovern Center and our students from the past five years and celebrate the ways in which DWU still continues to impact lives through the McGovern legacy,” said Dr. Alisha Vincent, McGovern Center director. “Mark Lempke will connect the present to the past by highlighting the ways in which McGovern lived out his faith.”

The social hour, including a tour of the McGovern Legacy Museum and student legacy demonstrations, begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the keynote speaker at 7 p.m., and dessert and book signing with Lempke at 8 p.m.

“The McGovern Center wants to use this event to celebrate the legacy of both George and Eleanor McGovern and their impact on our local and worldwide communities,” said Carly Hubers, McGovern Center program coordinator. “The gala also seeks to highlight some of the McGovern Center projects and student work through the interactive exhibits.  We hope to connect with anyone interested in the work of George and Eleanor, as well as the work of the McGovern Center.  It should be a fun, interactive, and celebratory night.”

Lempke will also speak at DWU’s Stark Lecture at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Java City in the McGovern Library. This event is free and open to all.

Lempke grew up in the Adirondack foothills of upstate New York and attended Houghton College, a small Wesleyan liberal arts college 70 miles south of Buffalo. He finished his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2011.

In 2017, University of Massachusetts Press published his book, “My Brother’s Keeper: George McGovern and Progressive Christianity.” The book considers the role McGovern played in the development of social justice Christianity during the 1960s and 1970s, and the influence his campaign had among liberal mainline Protestants and evangelicals. His work has also appeared in the Journal of British Studies, Fides et Historia, Reviews in American History, and Touchstone.

For the last seven years, Lempke has taught at SUNY Buffalo’s branch campus in Singapore. When not in Singapore, Mark and his wife, Heather, live in Rochester, N.Y.