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Calvin University January Series

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Calvin University January Series

Tickets: FREE, no ticket required


January 10, 2022 // 12:30 pm
January 28, 2022 // 1:30 pm


Calvin University & The Community Foundation for Muskegon County


Beardsley Theater

Welcome to the January Series of Calvin University

The January Series cultivates deep thought and conversations about important issues of the day in order to inspire cultural renewal and make us better global citizens in God’s world.

Masks are required for this event.

We invite you to join us in the Beardsley Theater at the Frauenthal Center as a remote location for this FREE 15-day lecture series.  The series takes place each January on the campus of Calvin University weekdays January 10-28, 2022 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST.

2022 Speaker Line Up:

Monday, January 10:  Angela Williams Gorrell
“The Gravity of Joy” 

In her book The Gravity of Joy, author and professor Angela Gorrell pulls from her own search for authentic Christian joy as she reflects on our collective need for a counteragent to despair. In her talk, she will articulate a vision for communities that yearn for joy in response to tragedy and work together to find it.

Tuesday, January 11:  L. Gregory Jones
“Trusting Institutions: Rediscovering the Power of Christianity’s Surprise” 

Known for his books on forgiveness, Christian leadership, and social innovation, L. Gregory Jones is passionate about reshaping cultures within and across organizations. He will be discussing the significance of institutions in the spread of Christianity and why trust is so important in renewing them (and developing new versions of them) today.

Wednesday, January 12:  Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers
“Keeping it Nuanced: How to Have Grace-filled Political Conversations”

Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers are popular podcasters and authors who are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but have proven that people from opposing political perspectives truly can have calm, grace-filled conversations about politics.

Thursday, January 13:  Reuben Miller
“Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration”

Like he does in his book Halfway Home, Reuben Miller will help us explore the American justice system with a critical lens as he shows how parole is structured to keep classes of Americans impoverished, unstable, and disenfranchised and leaves men, women, and communities fighting a system designed for them to fail. He unpacks laws, rules, and regulations that extract a tangible cost not only from those working to rebuild their lives, but also our democracy.

Friday, January 14:  Rick Steves (Virtual)
“Why Travel Makes Us Better Global Citizens”

Rick Steves is a popular public television host, best-selling guidebook author, and outspoken activist who encourages people to broaden their perspectives through travel. For over 40 years he has been traveling, researching, and teaching and will share his experiences as he talks about being better global citizens.

Monday, January 17:  Latasha Morrison
“Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation”

Be the Bridge raises awareness about racial inequality and systemic injustice in the United States and trains ambassadors from churches and ministries to educate, start respectful discussions, and build interracial and cross-cultural relationships. Founder LaTasha Morrison is a certified trainer in cultural intelligence and unconscious bias and will share her knowledge and expertise on fostering racial reconciliation.

Tuesday, January 18:  Max Stossel
“We’ve Been Sneaking into Your Brain: The True Impact of Social Media”

Stossel speaks with students, parents, and educators around the world about social media’s impact on our lives and how we can mitigate it. As a former media strategist and social media employee, he brings a unique and valuable perspective on the role of technology in our society.

Wednesday, January 19:  Admiral James Stavridis
“Geopolitical Security Concerns in a Technologically Transforming World”

From 2009 to 2013, Admiral James Stavridis led the NATO Alliance in global operations as Supreme Allied Commander; he was responsible for cyber security and counter piracy. Admiral Stavridis is a sough-after expert in geopolitics – particularly relations between the U.S. and China.

Thursday, January 20:  Colum McMann
“Making Peace with Stories”

International bestselling author Colum McCann braves the darkness within his stories’ subject matter in order to reach the light on the far side, and his mission is to help others do the same. Through his global charity Narrative 4, young people across 20 states and 12 countries have shared over 48,000 stories in order to develop a generation of radically empathetic leaders.

Friday, January 21:  N.T. Wright
“Galatians in Three Dimensions”

As one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, NT Wright is well equipped to lead us through the book of Galatians and help us understand it on three different levels.

Monday, January 24:  G. Sujin Pak
“Wrestling with the Word: Biblical Interpretation through Church History”

Throughout her teaching and research, G. Sujin Pak has explored the history of biblical interpretation. To succeed in this endeavor, she learned to master a variety of perspectives, as well as the social contexts where those perspectives emerged. She teaches others to do the same.

Tuesday, January 25:  Simply Three
“Simply Three in Concert & Conversation”

The electrifying string trio of Glen McDaniel, Nick Villalobos, and Zack Clark, together known as Simply Three, will present a concert and conversation. By reshaping convention through a style of genre hopping, the trio continues to seek the true essence of classical crossover with original works, as well as innovative arrangements that showcase their technical virtuosity and heartfelt musicality.

Wednesday, January 26:  Col. Nicole Malachowski
“Harnessing Headwinds of Change”

Colonel Nicole Malachowski draws on stories from her career and personal life to inspire audiences to rethink the challenges they face every day. She urges them to go beyond resilience and become resurgent, empowering them with three key beliefs: Failure and risk are the price of entry tor achieving something great, sometimes you need to yield to overcome, and don’t lead a scripted life.

Thursday, January 27:  Brad Montague
“Becoming Better Grownups”

Brad Montague is a writer and director on a mission to create stories that cultivate empathy and imagination in kids and former kids. As the creator of the hit web series Kid President, he has ample experience to draw from as he talks about what it looks like to amplify good in our own lives and in the places we live and serve.

Friday, January 28:  Gary Schmidt
“In the Tangles of Our Minds: Why Stories Move Us”

A renowned storyteller, Schmidt is the best-selling author of children’s literature and young adult fiction including Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, The Wednesday Wars, and Okay for Now. With decades of experience, he will share what it takes to tell stories that impact who we are as we use storytelling to figure out and live with our humanity.