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.
Watch past lectures online
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List of past lectures
- Spring 2019
- Michelle Loyd-Paige and Debra Freeberg: A Conversation About Race and Higher Education
- Suzanne McDonald: Insights from a Neglected Day in Holy Week
- Bert DeVries, David Wunder, and Robert Hoeksema: Preservation and Reactiviation of an Ancient Water Delivery System at the Umm-El-Jimal Archeological Site in Jordan
- Douglas Cupery: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
- Jason Googins: What's Buzzing All Year
- Fall 2018
- Quentin Schultze: Leadership Communication in the Age of Facebook, Twitter, and 24-Hour News Channels
- Judge William Kelly-: A Changing Court System
- Bing Goei: A Personal Story About Immigration
- Emily Helder: On the Ballot: Gerrymandering
- Spring 2018
- Gordon Olsen: "West Michigan In The Great War"
- Dr. Scott Westhouse, Muriel Zandstra, and Dr. Larry Gerbens: The Eyes of the Artist"
- Warden DeWayne Burton and Todd Cioffi, "Reforming a Prison: One Warden's Reflections on the Power of Education"
- Cynthia Slagter: "El Camino Trail, Spain"
- Matthew Daley: "Origin of Detroit's Urban Crisis" (partial recording)
- Gail Snow: "Rakish Reeds Lake"
- Dick Harms: "Covering the Bases: America's Pastime in Grand Rapids"
- Brendan Looyenga: "Cancer of the Soul"
- Micah Watson: "Is there Life after Trump? The First 100 Days"
- Steve Timmermans and Peter Borgdorff: "A Season of Challenges: Facing the Times In and Beyond the CRC"
- Henry Baron: "Growing Up in WWII: Memories and Reflections that Don't Fade"
- Randy Bytwerk: "Making Sense of News in an Age of Propaganda"
- Pamela Alderman: "Healing in Art: A Pathway to Flourishing"
- Ana Jose: "Who are the Refugees in our Midst and What are their Needs?"
- Muaz Redzic: "Religion: Burden or Blessing?"
- Neil Carlson: "A Transformative Reading of James"
- Buck Matthews: "The Book in Each of Us"
- William Katerberg: "American Scripture? The U.S. Constitution and American Political Culture"
- Len Vander Zee: "From the Big Bang to the New Creation: God's Big Six Billion Year Long Story of Creation and Redemption"
- Ken Piers: "Justice for the Earth: A Way Forward"
- Sandra Warren: "South High School and the B-17 Bomber" (recording not available)
- Teresa Weatherall Neal: "The GRPS Transformation Success Story"
- Bill Vriesema: "Renewed by Creation"
- George Heartwell: "Days as Grand Rapids Mayor"
- Jonathan Bradford: "Home is Where We Start From" (recording not available)
- Herman Keizer: "Moral Injury after War"
- Daniel Heyns: "Michigan's Prison System" (recording not available)
- Calvin University Gospel Choir: "Grand Rapids Christian Gospel Choir with Nate Glasper"
- Hank Ottens: "The Garden as Artist Studio"
- David Rahinsky (Grand Rapids Police Department): "Our Community, Our Commitment – Advancing the Vision"
- James Bratt (Calvin University history department): "Abraham Kuyper: Passion and Politics"
- David Crump: "Oppression in the Promised Land" (recording not available
- Michael Gulker: "Colossians Forum- Conflict as Opportunity?"
- )"The Early Music Concert"
- Bob Swierenga: "Calvin Stories in the History of Holland"
- Kurt Selles: "China: Media Revolution, Ministry Opportunities" (recording not available)
- Steve Triezenberg: "Biomedical Research and Science Education at Van Andel Institute"
- Dianne Stampfler: "Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan's Rich Foodie & Agricultural History"