Calvin College names speaker series lineup


Calvin College's January Series is heard by more than 68,000 people — on campus or via live broadcasts at remote locations. Photo via

Pull up your calendar, Calvin College is opening up its annual January Series soon.

The January Series is a nationally acclaimed noon-time lecture series that takes place every year on Calvin's campus. This year will be the popular series’ 27th year.

Fifteen speakers will take the stage at the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center between Jan. 8-28 to talk about everything from history, science, theology, the U.S. Congress and more.

All presentations will be from 12:30–1:30 p.m., with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. — seats fill up fast for many of the presenters.

The underwritten presentations are “open without charge” and will also be live streamed online.

Calvin College January Series 2014

Jan. 8: Isabel Wilkerson, “The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration”

Jan. 9: Olympia Snowe, “Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress”

Jan. 10: Bob Goff, “Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World”

Jan. 13: Kevin Shut, “Of Games & God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games”

Jan. 14: Nicole Baker Fulgham, “Educating All God’s Children”

Jan. 15: Zachary Karabell, “Trend and Repeat: What History and Economics Can Teach Us About the Future”

Jan. 16: Michael K. Le Roy, “The Sustainability of Higher Education and the Future of Calvin College”

Jan. 17: Linda Smith, “Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children”

Jan. 20: John M. Perkins, “Love is the Final Fight: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins” (in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Jan. 21: Paul Douglas, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend”

Jan. 22: Victoria Sweet, “God’s Hotel: a Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine”

Jan. 23: Bill Rasmussen, “Channeling Sports: A Conversation with ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen”

Jan. 24: Jennifer Wiseman, “Our Place in an Amazing Universe”

Jan. 27: Anne Zaki, “Is the Arab Spring the Arab Christian’s Fall?”

Jan. 28: Jeremy Begbie, “Reshaping Lament: Music and the Way to Joy”

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