The Noontime Series consists of free, one-hour programs held Thursdays at 12-1 PM in the Calvin University Chapel.
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 spring.
Spring 2019 Lectures
February 28— Douglas Cupery, Church Mobilization Director for Crossroads Prison Ministries at Calvin Chapel
I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
Often hidden and not talked about, the prisoner is forgotten by society. We assume once a person is convicted, sentenced, and incarcerated, that the problem is taken care of. Yet the story of the prisoner does not, nor should not, end there. The story of the prisoner has profound effects in our community and within our families. Jesus says that when we visit the prisoner, we visit Him. If this is true, shouldn’t we be lining up and pounding on the prison doors to let us in? Yet often, we as the Church are silent in speaking into the punishment, refinement, and restoration of the prisoner. This talk will cover the scope of incarceration and what our role as the church is within this.
Location: Calvin Chapel
March 14— Jason Googins
What’s Buzzing All Year
The honey bee is in trouble. A steep increase in honey bee colony losses has been reported around the globe in recent years. Bees have been of high value and fascination to humans for millennia—venerated, yet feared. The way a hive of bees lives and works tirelessly in the service of its queen and to produce the marvelous golden honey, is a living mystery. This lecture is a basic overview of a year in beekeeping. We will learn the equipment and the never-ending work of a beekeeper, honey bee biology, their role in our food supply, and the biggest threats to honey bees.
Location: Calvin Center Art Gallery in the Covenant Fine Arts Center.
March 28— Bert DeVries, David Wunder, and Robert Hoeksema
Preservation and Reactivation of an Ancient Water Delivery System at the Umm El-Jimal Archeological Site in Jordan
Because ancient Umm el-Jimal was in a semi-arid region of northern Jordan, its residents relied on anelaborate runoff water collection system for their survival. To reactivate this system for reuse by the modern community, Calvin’s Umm el-Jimal Archaeological Project has partnered with the Clean Water Institute of Calvin University staff and students to add state-of-the-art hydraulic engineering to the archaeological restoration. The description of this work will include a demonstration of the two-dimensional surface water flow model developed to predict the rain-fed flow of water supplying the system.
Location: Calvin Bytwerk Theatre
April 11— Dr. Suzanne McDonald, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Western Seminary
Holy Saturday: Insights from A Neglected Day in Holy Week
In our journey through Holy Week, we often mark Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, but what about Holy Saturday? Some Christian traditions hold a vigil that anticipates the joy of the resurrection, and there are several interpretations of the meaning of the day in relation to Jesus and his saving work. But what might that first Holy Saturday have been like for the followers of Jesus? This lecture will focus mainly on what we can discern about how they experienced this day between cross and resurrection, and what we might learn from that for our own faith and discipleship.
Location: Calvin Chapel
April 25— Michelle Loyd Paige, Exec Assoc to the President of Calvin University for Diversity and Inclusion and Debra Freeberg, Director of Theatre and Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
A Conversation About Race and Higher Education
Last fall Debra Freberg and Michelle Loyd-Paige taught a CALL class based on the play Spinning Into Butter. The play was performed by the Calvin Theater Company in February 2019. Both the class and the play explored the difficulties in talking about race and the need for courageous spaces to talk about race and racism in higher education. Michelle and Debra are facilitating a noontime conversation on April 25. Where they will talk about how their own identities and experiences shape both their experiences with race and their conversations about race in the classroom. Like the play, Debra and Michelle will base their presentation in higher education, but the observations they share are applicable beyond the classroom. All are welcome. You need not have seen the play to participate in this session.
The session is part of Calvin's Stand Against Racism observance and is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and is part of the 2018-2019 Create.Unite.Renew arts theme.
Location: Calvin Chapel
Watch past lectures online
If you missed any lectures and want to watch them online, they're available to watch online by clicking the button below:
List of past lectures
- 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
- Tara Aday (Safe Haven): "The Challenges of Universal Forgiveness in the Face of Domestic Violence" (recording not available)
- 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"
- Brendan Looyenga: "Is there Life after Trump? The First 100 Days"
- Micah Watson: "Cancer of the Soul"
- 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"