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.