C. Everett Koop

The Marriage of Health and Education

Wednesday, January 6
Underwritten by: Butterworth Health Corp.

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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Jean Kilbourne

Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction

Thursday, January 7

Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. She is the author of Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, paints a gripping portrait of how this barrage of advertising corrupts relationships and feeds an addictive mentality.

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James Davison Hunter

Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America

Friday, January 8
Underwritten by: Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence D. Bos, Sr. 

James Davison Hunter is LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia. He completed his doctorate at Rutgers University in 1981 under the direction of Peter L. Berger and then joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1983.

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Parker Palmer

The Courage to Teach: On The Recovery of Community in Higher Education

Monday, January 11

Parker J. Palmer, Founder and Senior Partner Emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy.

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Andrew M. Greeley

God in the Movies: Religion and Popular Culture

Tuesday, January 12

One of the most influential Catholic thinkers and writers of our time, priest, sociologist, author and journalist Father Andrew M. Greeley has built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career that spans five decades. He is the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction and his writing has been translated into 12 languages. A Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, Father Greeley is a respected scholar whose current research focuses on the Sociology of Religion.

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Clarence Page

The National Scene: Through My Eyes

Wednesday, January 13
Underwritten by: Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett

Clarence Page began writing for the Chicago Tribune in July 1984, as a local column. In the summer of 1987, it went into syndication as a national column and is now syndicated in about 150 papers. In 1989, the column won that year's Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Page originally joined the Tribune in 1969, fresh off the campus as a reporter. 

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Jean Bethke Elshtain

Ethics, Education & Civic Life: Dealing with Diversity

Thursday, January 14
Underwritten by: Haworth, Inc. 

Jean Bethke Elshtain received her AB degree from Colorado State University and MA degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Colorado. In 1973 she received her PhD in politics from Brandeis University; her dissertation was entitled 'Women and Politics: A Theoretical Analysis'. In addition to being a contributing editor for The New Republic Dr. Elshtain is author of over a dozen books and over 500 essays in scholarly journals and journals of civic opinion. 

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Cornelius Plantinga

Fashions in Folly: Sin and Character in the 90's

Friday, January 15
Underwritten by: Bos Development Co. 

Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. is senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and president emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary. Neal was Dean of the Chapel from 1996 to 2001 at Calvin College and served as professor (1979 to 1996) and president (2001-2011) at Calvin Theological Seminary. He writes for the Worship Institute and participates in its major events as a speaker or as a host for other speakers.

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Andrew Steer

How Green is our Gospel? The Challenge of Sustainable Development

Monday, January 18
Underwritten by: Michigan National Bank

Dr. Andrew Steer is the third President of the World Resources Institute. He has three decades of experience working on international development on the front line in Asia and Africa, and at a senior level in international policy roles. 

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Francis Fukuyama

The End of History and the Last Man

Tuesday, January 19

Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His book, The End of History and the Last Man,was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. Francis Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State.

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Luis Lugo

Back to the Future: The United States and the New World Order

Wednesday, January 20

Luis E. Lugo is the Director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. During his tenure, the Pew Forum has become a leading research organization on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. He has led the Pew Forum in developing landmark surveys on religion, including the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, which detailed the religious makeup, religious beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public, and the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, the first comprehensive effort to gauge the state of religious knowledge among U.S. adults. In addition to overseeing the Pew Forum’s annual surveys on religion and politics, Luis helped guide the development of the first-ever, nationwide, random-sample survey of Muslim Americans and a landmark survey of Latinos’ religious affiliations, beliefs and practices. His PhD in political science is from the University of Chicago.

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Tom Key

Screwtape in Person

Thursday, January 21

Tom Key has served as Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit since 1995 where his drive to tell “Stories That Stir The Soul” in the heart of downtown Atlanta has developed the company into one of our city’s major performing arts institutions.   He has appeared in over a 100 productions from off-Broadway to Los Angeles. 

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Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble

In Concert

Friday, January 22
Underwritten by: Northwest Airlines

The LRJE is a nine-member group of New Orleans-based musicians who have been performing classic New Orleans jazz in absolutely authentic formats with period instruments since 1979. Members of the ensemble can trace their musical or family/musical genealogy to the earliest days of jazz. Veterans of years on Bourbon Street, Mississippi steamboats, and in local brass bands, the LRJE players are drawn form all the racial and ethnic groups that make up the New Orleans "melting pot".

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Juliana Geran Pilon

The Bloody Flag: Post-Communist Nationalism in Eastern Europe

Monday, January 25

Juliana Geran Pilon is a Romanian-born naturalized American writer. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York. For many years, she was Professor of Politics and Culture and Director of the Center for Culture and Security at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C..

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Will D. Campbell

Providence: The Land and its People

Tuesday, January 26

Will D. Campbell was a Baptist minister, activist, author, and lecturer. Throughout his life, he was a notable white supporter of civil rights in the Southern United States. In addition to his activism, Campbell was also a noted author, particularly with his autobiographical work Brother to a Dragonfly, a finalist for the National Book Award in 1978. 

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