NRB’s Oxford Distinguished Scholar's Program Sends iNRB Student Members to Study Abroad in England

2017 Distinguished Oxford ScholarsA select group of iNRB student members recently concluded a two-week study abroad trip to Oxford, England, where they engaged in “one-on-one” tutorials with a distinguished scholar at Jesus College in the heart of Oxford University.

From July 2-15, the seven students who were selected for NRB’s Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Program stayed at Jesus College (established in 1571) and participated in the Oxford method of “one-on-one” tutorials (research and writing) with a distinguished scholar. As part of the program, each student completed four essays in one of the following fields of study: communication, film, theology, ethics, or philosophy.

In addition, the students had a guided tour of The Kilns, the former home of Christian apologist C. S. Lewis; were briefed on the Inklings of Oxford, a literary discussion group informally started by Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien; heard a talk on the Oxford Martyrs and prayed at the very spot where the Reformation-era martyrs were burned at the stake for their faith; and ate at the Eagle and the Child, the best known meeting spot of Lewis and the Inklings.

Joining the students during their time in England was NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, who began the Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Program while he was serving as Dean of Boyce College and later as President of Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. After he became NRB’s President & CEO in 2013, Johnson transitioned the program to benefit student members of the Intercollegiate NRB (iNRB).

“iNRB is NRB’s future,” Johnson said. “We want to encourage and equip these prospective Christian media leaders and professionals. They’ll be the ones who will drive our industry forward and impact generations to come.”

The seven students who were selected for this year’s program were Travis Brock (Criswell College), Erin Brownback (Arizona State University), Larry Cortez (Criswell College), Ellen Densmore (Colorado Christian University), Eva Johnson (Full Sail University), Tristan Martin (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), and Luke McMeans (Criswell College). This year's Oxford program was sponsored by CV (Christian Vision).

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By NRB Staff

Published: July 20, 2017


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