SPOKANE, Wash. – Shann Ray Ferch, Gonzaga University professor of leadership studies, will discuss “The Crisis of Leadership is a Crisis of Love: Servant-Leadership, Gratitude and Forgiveness in American Life” in a free, public lecture at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Club Room. The Greater Gonzaga Guild presents the lecture.
An acclaimed writer, scholar and teacher, Ferch will explore servant-leadership and its role in bringing understanding and reconciliation to political, personal and social upheaval. Drawing from his recent book “Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life,” Professor Ferch will discuss how personal moral responsibility and one’s obligation to the well-being of others can be nurtured and affirmed in these complex and challenging times.
Ferch, who teaches in Gonzaga’s internationally recognized doctoral program in leadership studies, has researched and written extensively on the nature of forgiveness and how servant-leadership honors both personal and collective responsibility. His scholarly works include “The Spirit of Servant Leadership” (Paulist Press), edited with Larry Spears, and “Conversations on Servant Leadership: Insights on Human Courage in Life and Work” (State University of New York Press (SUNY Press), edited with Larry Spears, Mary McFarland, and Michael Carey.
Ferch’s work regarding leadership, organizational culture, and the human will to forgive and reconcile has appeared in scientific journals and international academic venues, including the Cory Aquino Center for Leadership in the Philippines. He served as a Visiting Scholar in Leadership and Atonement (South Africa), as well as in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. He has served as a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Division, and as a research psychologist for the Centers for Disease Control.
Ferch also has enjoyed considerable literary success. His short story collection “American Masculine” (Graywolf Press), his novel “American Copper” (Unbridled Books) and his collection of poems “Balefire” (Lost Horse Press) have earned numerous honors and awards.
The Nov. 15 meeting starts with social time at 10 a.m., with the lecture and Q&A from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Parking is free in the lot immediately south of McCarthey Athletic Center (801 N. Cincinnati St.).
The Greater Gonzaga Guild lecture series is dedicated to raising awareness of Gonzaga’s scholarly and cultural contributions to the region. The Guild is open to all people interested in learning.