Steve Fanning is a history professor who spent two weeks in a coma in 1988 that left him paralyzed. After he returned to consciousness, he was miraculously healed and learned to walk, despite his doctor's prognosis that walking would be neurologically impossible for him. During the 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 a highly-respected book, Mystics of the Christian Tradition. Steve will discuss his NDE and his life review, and will focus on the impact that they had 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. Besides the book previously mentioned, he also wrote A Bishop and His World Before the Gregorian Reform: Hubert of Angers, 1006-1047. He has published many articles in magazines, journals and encyclopedias and has received many grants and awards for his work.