The Noontime Series has changed to Lectures at 3 and consists of free, one-hour programs held Thursdays 3-4 PM in the Calvin University Recital Hall.

Please join us for these wonderful, engaging, and thought-provoking lectures. Mark your calendars now and share these dates and topics with others.

Take special note of the different locations for lectures this fall.

Spring 2020 Lectures

March 19— The Honorable Philip J Green, Magistrate Judge


Miranda Rights: One of the Most Misunderstood Aspects of Criminal Arrest 

This presentation will cover the historical roots of the Fifth Amendment, the earlier Ex Officio Oath and subsequent ramifications, life before Miranda Rights, police interrogation methods, cases that sparked the change in interrogation rights, and the 1966 ruling by the Supreme Court for Miranda v. Arizona. A review of the case law surrounding the Miranda decision reveals that Miranda is a case that has encapsulated the nation’s beliefs and, while subject to the ebbs and flows that come with an elastic and accommodating form of government, remains a vital component of the American criminal justice system. Our discussion concludes with addressing the fears and the realities of implementing Miranda rights.


April 2— Paula Vander Hoven, Robert Yonker, and Mary Van Harn

* note a later start time of 3:15 pm


The Polar Bear Expedition 1918-1919, The Forgotten Invasion of Russia

An erased moment in history, 5,000 U.S. soldiers, nicknamed “The Polar Bears,” found themselves hundreds of miles north of Moscow in desperate, bloody combat against the newly formed Soviet Union’s Red Army in the winter of 1919. Temperatures plummeted to sixty below zero. Their guns and their flesh froze. The Bolsheviks, camouflaged in white, advanced in waves across the snow like ghosts. The Polar Bears, hailing largely from Michigan, heroically waged a courageous campaign in the brutal, frigid subarctic of northern Russia for almost a year. And yet they are all but unknown today. Join us as Paula Vanderhoven, Mary Kool Van Harn and Bob Yonker will share details of this expedition. Special emphasis will be placed on the men from the families of the presenters who are all from West Michigan.

April 16— Opening Plenary Session- Festival of Faith and Writing, Kadir Nelson- CANCELED

The 30th Anniversary of the Festival of Faith and Writing is postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus.

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