The January Series is a nationally acclaimed noontime lecture series that takes place every year on Calvin’s campus during the fifteen days of interim. The January Series 2014 speakers promise to once again entertain and educate! This free liberal arts education is being streamed at the Kings University College, 9125-50 Street, Edmonton AB. Every week day at 10:30am-11:30am from January 8-28. All are welcome to attend the live streaming taking place in the North Wing at Kings. Monday, Wednesday and Friday lectures are in N121, Tuesday and Thursday lectures are in N210.
Here is a complete list of all of the lectures:
Wednesday Jan. 8 Isabel Wilkerson – N121
“The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration”
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author, Wilkerson is a gifted and passionate speaker who has addressed the topics of migration, social justice, urban affairs and 20th Century history at universities across the country and in Europe. She has appeared on a number of national programs. She is currently professor of journalism and director of narrative nonfiction at Boston University.
Thursday, Jan. 9 Olympia Snowe –N10
“Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress”
Senator Snowe stunned Washington in February 2012 when she announced she would not seek a fourth term. After serving in the legislative branch at the state and federal levels for 40 years, including 18 years in the U.S. Senate, she explained that Washington wasn’t solving the big problems anymore. In her book, Fighting for Common Ground, she explores the roots of her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise. Senator Snowe proposes solutions for bridging the partisan divide in Washington, most notably through a citizens’ movement to hold elected officials accountable. In 2005, Snowe was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006, Time magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. senators.
Friday, Jan. 10 Bob Goff – N121
“Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World”
Founder of Restore International, a non-profit fighting injustices committed against children in Uganda and India, Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm and serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States. He is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University. He is something of a legend at Christian conferences and author of Love Does, a delightfully engaging and whimsical book about making faith simple and real.
Monday, Jan. 13 Kevin Schut –N121
“Of Games & God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games”
An associate professor and chair of the department of media and communication at Trinity Western University in British Columbia. Schut writes about the intersection of communication, culture, media, technology and faith, primarily by talking about computer and video games. He is a Calvin College alum returning to share his insights into the compatibility of the Christian faith and interactive entertainment.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 Nicole Baker Fulgham-N210
“Educating All God’s Children”
Fulgham is the president and founder of The Expectations Project, a national organization that mobilizes people of faith to support public education reform and close the academic achievement gap. Former vice president of faith community relations at Teach for America, she has appeared on CNN and ABC News, and was named to the list of “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today. She is the recipient of an Education Entrepreneur Fellowship with The Mind Trust and serves on the board of several non-profit and community organizations, including the National Association of Evangelicals and Faith in Public Life.
Wednesday, Jan. 15 Zachary Karabell -N121
“Trend and Repeat: What History and Economics Can Teach Us about the Future”
Designated a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, Karabell is bringing a profound and refreshingly optimistic outlook to a world economy in crisis. A regular contributor on CNBC and Fast Money, he is also a frequent commentator on MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Fox News and The History Channel. Karabell writes for The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New Your Times and Newsweek: the Daily Beast. He is also the author of several books including Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World. He is a graduate of Columbia, Oxford and Harvard.
Thursday, Jan. 16 Michael Le Roy -N210
“The Sustainability of Higher Education and the Future of Calvin College”
Appointed in June 2012, Le Roy is the 10th and current president of Calvin College. From 1994-2002, Le Roy taught political science at Wheaton College. In 2002 he returned to his alma mater, Whitworth, where he taught political science for three years before being appointed vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty. He is a strong believer in the role of Christian liberal arts in the landscape of Christian higher education and is leading Calvin College forward during a challenging era in the history of higher education.
Friday, Jan. 17 Linda Smith –N121
“Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children”
Domestic minor sex trafficking happens all over the world including the United States. At least 100,000 U.S. children are exploited in prostitution every year in America. In response, Linda founded Shared Hope International. She is the author of From Congress to the Brothel and Renting Lacy. She has testified before Congress, presented at national and international forums, and has been published in news outlets and journals. Linda served as a Washington State legislator (1983-93) and in the U.S. Congress (1994-1998). Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through a three-prong approach
– prevention, restoration, and justice.
Monday, Jan. 20 John M. Perkins-N121
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
“Love is the Final Fight”
Born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a share-cropper, John M. Perkins fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal. Although Dr. Perkins vowed never to return, in 1960 after he accepted Christ, he returned to his boyhood home to share the gospel of Christ with those still living in the region. His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings. Today, Dr. Perkins is president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development of Jackson, Mississippi. He is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement. He is also an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian community development.
Tuesday, Jan. 21 Paul Douglas -N210
“Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?”
The concept of “normal weather” has shifted with more extreme weather events – drier droughts, wetter storms and more historic flooding. Climate change is flavoring all weather now, and it has profound implications for our future. Paul has spent 36 years in broadcasting, web production, print and reporting. He has spent most of his career in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and has appeared on ABC Nightline, and the CBS Evening News. A serial entrepreneur, Douglas started EarthWatch, the first company to bring 3-D weather graphics to broadcasters, Digital Cyclone, the first company to have an application on a cell phone, and WeatherNation. Douglas also teamed with Barnes and Noble to write a national book on weather, Restless Skies, the Ultimate Weather Book. His software was used in Steven Spielberg’s movies Jurassic Park and Twister.
Wednesday, Jan. 22 Victoria Sweet – N121
“God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine”
Dr. Sweet is an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She practiced medicine for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she began writing. In her book, God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, she lays out her evidence in stories of her patients and her hospital—for some radically new ideas about medicine and healthcare in this country. In our attempts to get control of healthcare costs by privileging “efficiency,” she suggests, we’ve been headed down the wrong path. Medicine works best—that is, arrives at the right diagnosis and the right treatment for the least amount of money—when it is personal and face-to-face; when the doctor has enough time to do a good job, and pays attention not only to the patient but to what’s around the patient. Dr. Sweet calls this approach Slow Medicine.
Thursday, Jan. 23 Bill Rasmussen –N210
“Channeling Sports: A Conversation with ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen”
On September 7, 1979, ESPN was launched. Entrepreneurial daring, irrepressible enthusiasm and a dash of good luck gave the world the first 24-hour television network. ESPN’s impact forever changed the way we watch television. The man who had the dream, the founder of ESPN, is Bill Rasmussen. A life-long entrepreneur and sports fan, Rasmussen’s innovations in advertising, sports and broadcasting are too numerous to list, but they include the creation of Sports Center, wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular-season and “March Madness” college basketball, and coverage of the College World Series. Rasmussen is a frequent guest on radio, television and the internet, and is the author of the best-selling book, Sports Junkies Rejoice! The Birth of ESPN.
Friday, Jan. 24 Jennifer Wiseman – N121
“Our Place in An Amazing Universe”
An American astronomer, Wiseman received her bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT and her Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University. Wiseman discovered periodic comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff while working as an undergraduate research assistant in 1987. She is currently the senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at Goddard Space Flight Center, where she previously headed the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory. A committed Christian, she has authored several essays addressing the relationship of astronomy and Christian faith. She grew up on an Arkansas farm, where she enjoyed late night star-gazing walks with her parents and pets. She will share the latest astronomical discoveries and images from space and discuss how galaxies, stars and planets form and mature, what they can teach us about God, and how good science strengthens our faith.
Monday, Jan. 27 Anne Zaki –N121
“Is the Arab Spring the Arab Christian’s Fall?”
Anne is a resource development specialist for global and multi-cultural resources at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship living with her husband and four sons in Cairo, Egypt. Anne received her Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Psychology and Sociology in 1999, her Master’s degree from the American University in Cairo in the field of Social Psychology in 2002, and her Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2009. Anne, who was born in Egypt, and her husband, Naji Umran, pastored two churches in Michigan and British Columbia but always planned to return one day to Egypt to live and serve. In September 2011, nine months after the events of the Arab Spring, they felt called to make the move. Anne will share with us what life is like in Egypt for Middle Eastern Christians and share with us were she finds her hope.
Tuesday, Jan. 28 Jeremy Begbie – N210
“Re-Creating Creativity: Why Being Creative is not Always Good for your Health”
Professor at Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina and Cambridge University, England, and founder of Theology through the Arts, a project “to discover and demonstrate ways in which the arts can contribute towards the renewal of Christian theology.” In this lecture/ performance he will explore what it means for creativity to be guided by a positive vision of where we are going, and why we might want to go there. He is the author of several publications as well as the co-editor of Resonant Witness: Conversations between Music and Theology. He studied philosophy and music at Edinburgh University, and theology at Aberdeen and Cambridge. A professionally trained musician, he has performed extensively as a pianist, oboist and conductor. He is an ordained minister of the Church of England, having served for a number of years as assistant pastor of a church in West London. He has taught widely in the UK, North America and South Africa, specializing in performance-lectures.
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Each January, for fifteen days, Calvin College sponsors the daily hour-long cultural enrichment series called The January Series. Presented at 12:30 p.m. (EST) in the 1000-seat Covenant Fine Art Center Auditorium on-campus, the series is open without charge to students, faculty, and the Western Michigan community. They also transmit the presentations live over the internet and send presentations to a growing number of remote sites across the country, which allows their audience to grow well beyond their auditorium walls.