Calvin College January Series at the Dogwood Center
The 2017 edition of Calvin College’s award-winning January Series is once again at the Dogwood Center and features a solid lineup of speakers who are at the leading edge of some of the nation’s and world’s most critical and timely discussions. From Wednesday, January 4, through Tuesday, January 24, a host of nationally acclaimed speakers will continue those conversations on Calvin’s campus and viewed at remote sites like the Dogwood Center.
A few of the featured presenters in the series’ 30th anniversary year include...
...Doris Kearns Goodwin, a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist; Gary Haugen, CEO and founder of International Justice Mission, and Matthew Desmond, co-founder of the Justice and Poverty Project and the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant.
“It means a lot that we can share this with our community,” said Kristi Potter, director of the Calvin College January Series. “We are so thrilled it’s been here for 30 years, and we are so grateful to our sponsors who have helped make this possible. Our desire is to keep bringing in these great speakers year after year so we can continue to have these important conversations.”
The experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics, including global governance, human rights, race relations, healthcare reform and the gender gap in technology. Potter says the speakers will not only give listeners a deeper understanding on various issues, but they will also provide their perspectives on how people can make a difference. With that in mind, Potter says having Eugene Cho, founder and pastor of Quest Church—an urban, multicultural, multigenerational church in Seattle—on the series lineup will provide an additional challenge to attendees.
“I am excited to have Eugene Cho on the series. So often we talk about how we can make a difference, but are we actually doing it?” asks Potter. “Cho will hold us accountable to take those steps to make a difference. In his book, he asks questions like ‘Are we in love with the idea of changing the world or actually changing the world?’ and ‘Do we just write a check or do we change our lifestyle to help change the world?’”
This is a great opportunity to listen to nationally acclaimed speakers surrounding a variety of interesting topics. The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin College January Series and supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, is pleased to bring the Calvin College January Series to the area for the eighth year year in a row.
The January Series lectures is video streamed live at the Dogwood Center, 4734 S. Campus Court in Fremont, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. weekdays, January 4 through January 24. The lectures are free and open to the public. Both the Black Box and Main Stage areas will be available for seating. Attendees may bring their lunch or order a lunch for $5 by calling 231.924.8885 at least 24 hours prior to the date. The speaker schedule can be seen at www.calvin.edu/january or at www.dogwodcenter.com.
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