Jan 14
Guest Speaker: Steven Fanning, Ph.D.

Asso. Prof of History (U of IL-Chicago), Author, will speak about his near-death experience, his miraculous healing, and how his life has changed.

After a serious accident, Steve Fanning spent two weeks in a coma that left him paralyzed in 1988. Once he returned to consciousness, he was miraculously healed and learned to walk, despite his doctor\'s prognosis that his walking was neurologically impossible. During his coma, Steve had a near-death experience through which it was revealed that he had to rearrange his life. From that point on, he began listening to his conscience, ignoring his ego, and started studying mysticism, which resulted in an excellent book: Mystics of the Christian Tradition (New York and London: Routledge, 2001). Steve will discuss his NDE and Life Review and focus on the impact that it made upon him.

Steve Fanning received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in History from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota. He was Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, from 1996-1999 and a member of the Department of History there since 1980. Before that he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Minnesota. Beside the book previously mentioned, he also wrote: A Bishop and His World Before the Gregorian Reform, Hubert of Angers, 1006-1047 (Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 78, Part I, 1988). He has published many articles in magazines, journals and encyclopedias and has received many grants and awards for his work.