C. Everett Koop

A Dialogue with C. Everett Koop

Wednesday, January 5
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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Richard Rodriguez

Does America Exist?

Thursday, January 6
Underwritten by: Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett

Acclaimed journalist and essayist Richard Rodriguez writes about the intersection of his personal life with some of the most vexing cultural and political problems facing America. The son of Mexican immigrants to California, Rodriguez grew up in a home where his parents clung closely to their native culture and only Spanish was spoken. As a journalist, Richard Rodriguez has worked for more than 20 years for Pacific News Service in San Francisco and is a contributing editor to Harper's magazine and a frequent commentator on THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER on PBS. 

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Repertory Jazz Ensemble

Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble

In Concert

Friday, January 7
Underwritten by: James & Judith Chambery

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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Clyde Edgerton

Stories and Songs from Dusty's Air Taxi

Monday, January 10
Underwritten by: Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey

Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a book of advice, a memoir, short stories, and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. He lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife, Kristina, and their children.

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John R. Horner

The Complete T.rex: Predator or Scavenger

Tuesday, January 11
Underwritten by: Mazda Great Lakes

A paleontologist, John Horner specializes in researching dinosaur behavior and growth. 

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Cornel West

Race Matters

Wednesday, January 12
Underwritten by: D&W Food Centers

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters.

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Scott Vander Linde

Curing the Health Care System: A Grand Illusion?

Thursday, January 13
Underwritten by: Hospice Foundation of Western Michigan

Professor Vander Linde has taught courses in Economics at Calvin College since 1985. In addition to teaching general economics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Business Cycles and Forecasting, the Economics of Health Care Delivery, and Public Finance, he leads off-campus courses to Europe, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and Florida, to study business and engineering, ecotourism and ecology, and team-building by sailing.

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H. Wayne Huizenga


Friday, January 14
Underwritten by: Michigan National Bank

Wayne Huizenga is a man of distinction. He's the only person in history to build three Fortune 1000 companies practically from scratch: Waste Management, Blockbuster Entertainment, and AutoNation. Great entrepreneurs don't just start businesses—and Wayne Huizenga knew this all too well. Sometimes they see the potential in an underdeveloped company and buy it to develop it. It is what he and two partners did in 1987 with Blockbuster. Following a similar model to WMI, Wayne Huizenga took the company public in 1989 and launched into rapid growth -- from a $7 million business with 19 stores to a $4 billion global enterprise with more than 3,700 stores in 11 countries. In 1994, Blockbuster sold to Viacom for $8.4 billion in stock.

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David Broder

Can America Be Governed?

Monday, January 17
Underwritten by: Mohammad Riahi, M.D. and Luis Tomatis, M.D.

David Broder is a national political correspondent reporting the political scene for The Washington Post. Editorial-page editors and members of Congress have rated him Washington’s most highly regarded columnist, leading 16 others in ratings for overall integrity, factual accuracy and insight. He is the author or co-author of seven books, the most recent being Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money. It is a wake-up call to an electorate that has been duped into believing that ballot measures represent the purest form of direct democracy.

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Brian Wispelwey

AIDS 2001: The Odyssey of an Expanding Tragedy

Tuesday, January 18
Underwritten by: Metropolitan Hospital and Foundation

Dr. Brian Wispelwey is an infectious disease specialist in Charlottesville, Virginia. He received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years. 

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Carol Tavris

The Mismeasure of Woman

Wednesday, January 19
Underwritten by: Creative Dining Services

Dr. Carol Tavris's work as a writer, teacher, and lecturer has been devoted to educating the public about psychological science. She has spoken to students, psychologists, mediators, lawyers, judges, physicians, business executives, and general audiences on, among other topics, self-justification; science and pseudoscience in psychology; gender and sexuality; critical thinking; and anger. 

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Art Ulene

The Scientific Revolution and American Health Care

Thursday, January 20
Underwritten by: St. Mary's Health Services

Since 1975, Dr. Ulene has spearheaded the use of television to promote public health. He appeared on NBC's Today program for 23 years, and his nationally-syndicated special health series are seen on local television news programs around the country. 

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Os Guinness

The 'First Faith' on its Last Legs? The Modern World and the Crisis of Evangelicalism

Friday, January 21
Underwritten by: Carroll & Jeanette Bos

Os Guinness is an author and social critic. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. Since moving to the United States in 1984, Os has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. Os has spoken at many of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences across the world. 

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Richard J. Mouw

Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World

Monday, January 24
Underwritten by: Lawrence D., Sr. & Dolores Bos

Richard John Mouw is an American theologian and philosopher. He held the position of President at Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years (1993–2013), and continues to hold the post of Professor of Faith and Public Life. He is a Beliefnet.com columnist and the author of numerous books

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Katherine Paterson

From Story to Stories

Tuesday, January 25
Underwritten by: Friends of Ada Christian School

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. 

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