Summer Institute 2019: Tribes and Truth

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We’ve all witnessed how incivility and disparagement are increasingly dominant in public discourse. Whether it be news, social media, or personal conversations, the rhetoric is ratcheting up. This summer Gutenberg would like to explore why this is happening and how a Christian might respond. We will not try to convince you of a particular political viewpoint or offer the definitive solution. Instead, together we will dig under the surface to gain a fresh understanding of the social and philosophical forces at play so that we can answer this question for ourselves: Where do our loyalties lie, with tribe or truth?

Summer Institute is an enjoyable and informative time to experience Gutenberg by sharing meals, discussing the works of influential thinkers, and listening to speakers from the Gutenberg community. Come join us!


  • Thursday night, August 1, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday night, August 2, 4:45 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 3, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Gutenberg College
1883 University Street
Eugene, OR 97403


(includes dinner on Friday night; continental breakfast on Saturday morning; and lunch on Saturday):

  • Before July 1: $85 (Individual); $115 (Family); $40 (Student)
  • July 1 and after: $100 (Individual); $130 (Family); $45 (Student)

*Financial Aid: Limited financial aid packages are available for those who wish to attend. If you wish to apply, please contact the office.

Volunteer opportunities: We can also offer reduced costs for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office.


Limited lodging at Gutenberg College is available. Cost for lodging is $30 per night for a single room and $45 per night for a double room. Please email the Gutenberg office if you are interested in staying at Gutenberg. Space is very limited.


Go here to register online for the Summer Institute. Or call the Gutenberg College office: 541-683-5141.


Gutenberg College Summer Institutes are an opportunity to explore a topic while getting some of the “Gutenberg” experience. That is, we discuss readings from important works in our culture and also listen to talks related to the topic. A reading packet (PDF) will be emailed to participants. Speakers are listed below. (More details regarding readings and lectures will be available later.)

Thursday Night

  • 5:30-6:15 p.m. Check In
  • 6:15-6:30 p.m. Welcome
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. Discussion of Reading One
  • 8:00-8:15 p.m. Break
  • 8:15-9:00 p.m. Lecture 1

Friday Night

  • 4:45-5:30 p.m. Lecture 2
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. Discussion of Reading Two
  • 8:00-8:15 p.m. Break
  • 8:15-9:00 p.m. Lecture 3


  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30 a.m. Discussion of Reading Three
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. Lecture 4
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. Discussion of Reading Four
  • 2:00-2:15 p.m. Break
  • 2:15-3:00 p.m. Lecture 5
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. Q and A


Larry Barber

Larry Barber (B.A., Biblical Studies; M.A., Counseling Psychology) has been employed by Charis Foundation since 1994, where he offers faith-based pastoral counseling. He has also served as a pastor in both California and Oregon.

Charley Dewberry

Charley Dewberry (M.A., Stream Ecology; Ph.D., Philosophy) is the dean and a tutor at Gutenberg College and the author of two books: Saving Science and Intelligent Discourse.

Eliot Grasso

Eliot Grasso (M.A., Ethnomusicology; Ph.D., Musicology) is the provost and a tutor at Gutenberg College. He is also an internationally known musician.

Ron Julian

Ron Julian (B.A., Linguistics; M.A., Religion) is a tutor at Gutenberg College, the author of Righteous Sinners, and a co-author of The Language of God: A Commonsense Approach to Understanding and Applying the Bible.

Chris Swanson

Chris Swanson (M.S., Physics; Ph.D., Physics) is the president and a tutor at Gutenberg College.

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