Special Guest

Emily ColsonEmily Colson

Author, speaker, and daughter of the former Presidential Counsel and evangelical Christian leader, Charles "Chuck" Wendell Colson, Emily Colson will serve as the inaugural presenter of the Chuck Colson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ethics, Media and Culture at our conference.

In her book Dancing with Max (2010), Emily and Chuck share the struggle and beauty of life with Max, Emily's now 23-year-old son with autism. The book has recently been awarded "Book of the Year" by the Autism Society. Emily speaks to churches and organizations nationwide, and has appeared on numerous media outlets including Focus on the Family, the Huckabee show, and Hallmark's Home & Family. Through her message, she has inspired many to persevere through their challenges and see the gifts. Emily has been a single mother for most of Max's life, with hard-fought lessons in faith, life, love and a whole lot of laughter. Emily and Max live on the coast of New England where they can often be found dancing.

The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview

Keynote Speakers

Manny GarciaManny Carcia

Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Editor, Naples Daily News

Under Garcia's leadership el Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language daily in Miami, Fla., has grown into a multiplatform news operation that includes online, print, television and radio partnerships and special publications. Garcia started his journalism career as a reporter at The Miami Herald in 1990, working his way up the ranks. In 2003, he became Metro Editor at the Herald. He was chosen to oversee el Nuevo Herald in 2009. Garcia is a graduate of Florida International University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Garcia was named editor of the Naples Daily News in October 21, 2013.


Clifford ChristiansClifford Christians

Research Professor of Communications, Professor of Media Studies and
Professor of Journalism Emeritus at University of Illinois-Urbana

In addition to his roles at University of Illinois, Christians has served as a visiting scholar in philosophical ethics at Princeton University, a research fellow in social ethics and visiting scholar at the University of Chicago, and a PEW fellow in ethics at Oxford University. His research interest are media ethics, philosophy of technology, and communication theory. Christians most recent publications are Ethics for Public Communication (with Mark Fackler and John Ferre) and Communication Theories in a Multicultural World (with Kaarle Nordenstreng). He is currently completing a book titled Moral Literacy and Global Justice: A New Theory of Communication Ethics.

Panel Presenters

Dick Abel
Rob Allman
Clifford Christians
Paul J. Bonicelli
William Brown
Mark Fackler
Denis Finley
Pat Kane
Floyd Mitchell Land
Bill McCarthy
Kevin Mooney
Markus Pfeiffer
Ionut C. Popescu, Ph.D.
Ginger W. Stanley
James Wallis, Jr.