C. Everett Koop

The American Health Care System Could be Dangerous to Your Health

Thursday, January 10

C. Everett Koop, a pediatric surgeon and public health administrator, served as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1989. He was known for his work to prevent tobacco use, AIDS, abortion, and for his support of the rights of disabled children. 

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The Mallarme Trio

Harp's Delight

Friday, January 11

The Mallarme Trio performs with Jonathon Bagg on viola, Jacquelyn Bartlett on the harp, and Anna Ludwig Wilson on flute. 

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Robert Coles

The Spiritual Life of Children

Monday, January 14

Robert Coles is professor emeritus at Harvard University and the author of numerous books, including his series Children of Crisis, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. He has also won a MacArthur Award, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a National Humanities Medal. 

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Ronald VanderKooi

No Place Like Home: Understanding and Dealing with Homelessness

Tuesday, January 15

Ronald Vander Kooi helps us understand and deal with homelessness. 

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Shelby Steele

The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America

Wednesday, January 16

Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. He was appointed a Hoover fellow in 1994.

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Martin E. Marty

Some of My Best Friends and Worst Enemies are 'Fundamentalists': The Pros and Cons of a Worldwide Force

Thursday, January 17

Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. He was appointed a Hoover fellow in 1994.

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Betty Smith

Celebration: Appalachian Ballads, Folksongs, and Stories

Friday, January 18

Betty Smith is an educator, performer, and music scholar. She plays many different instruments including the psaltery, mountain dulcimer, guitar, and the autoharp. 

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Michael Medved

Is Hollywood Out of Touch with America?

Monday, January 21

Michael Medved is a radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic. 

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Kathleen Weathers

Is There More to Acid Rain Than Acid and Rain?

Tuesday, January 22

Kathleen Weathers is a senior scientist and the G.Evelyn Hutchinson Chair of Ecology at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., where she focuses on freshwater ecosystems. For more than a decade, she has been dedicated to advancing bottom-up network science. Her efforts strive to equip the next generation of ecologists and managers with the skills needed to protect freshwater resources.

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William Romanowski

John Calvin Meets the Creature of the Black Lagoon: Popular Entertainment

Wednesday, January 23

William Romanowski is a nationally recognized scholar and award-winning commentator on the intersection of religion and popular culture. He earned his Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University and is currently Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College where he teaches courses in film and media studies. 

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Linda Chavez

Will the American Melting Pot Survive: Multicultural Education and the New Tribalism

Thursday, January 24

Linda Chavez is a political commentator, senior fellow at Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and Former Staff Director of United States Commission on Civil Rights. 

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Bert de Vries

Guns and Oil in the Gulf: A View from Amman

Friday, January 25

Bert DeVries is the director of ACOR, an International Research Institute in Amman, Jordan. He is an Archaeologist and Professor of History at Calvin College. 

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Edward Said

The Gulf Crisis, The Question of Palestine, and United States Policy

Monday, January 28

Edward Said is a professor of literature at Columbia University, a public intellectual, and a founder of the academic field of postcolonial studies. He is also a member of the Palestine National Council. 

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Jeannine Oppewall

Life as a Movie Migrant: A Look at Motion Picture Production Design

Tuesday, January 29

Jeannine Oppewall is a film art director for Tender Mercies, Ironweed, The Music Box, and other films. 

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Garry Wills

Under God: Religion and American Politics

Wednesday, January 30

Garry Wills is a Professor of History Emeritus and cultural historian whose many books include penetrating studies of George Washington, Richard Nixon, the Kennedy family, Ronald Reagan, and religion in America. 

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