Gaylen Byker

The Entrepreneur as College President

Thursday, January 4
Underwritten by: Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, LLP

A 1973 Calvin College graduate and the 9th president of Calvin College will discuss how he uses entrepreneurial mind as a college president. 

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C. Everett Koop

Managed Care for the 21st Century

Friday, 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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William Raspberry

Another Look at Welfare

Monday, January 8
Underwritten by: Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

William Raspberry is a syndicated public affairs columnist and communications and journalism professor at Duke University. 

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Khalil Jahshan

Challenges of Peace in the Middle East

Tuesday, January 9
Underwritten by: Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey

Khalil Jahshan is the President of the National Association of Arab-Americans and the Vice President of the American Committee on Jerusalem. 

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Thomas Edsall

The Struggle for the Presidency, 1996: Gender, Race and Religiosity

Wednesday, January 10
Underwritten by: FMB-First Michigan Bank Grand Rapids

Thomas Edsall is a journalist covering national politics for the Washington Post

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Robert Wuthnow

Christian Stewardship in an Age of Exhaustion

Thursday, January 11
Underwritten by: Lawrence D., Sr. and Dolores Bos

Robert Wuthnow, widely known for his work in the sociology of religion and has also published widely in culture and civil society. His research and teaching focuses on social change, the sociology of belonging, community, rural sociology, religion and politics, and theory. 

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Nicholas Wolterstorff

Lament as Part of Life

Friday, January 12
Underwritten by: Mazda Great Lakes

Nicholas Wolterstorff is professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale since 1989 and previously taught at Calvin College, the Free University of Amsterdam, and the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Lament for a Son after losing his son to a tragic mountain climbing accident.

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James Finn Garner

My Apologies: Adventures in Political Correctness

Monday, January 15
Underwritten by: Carroll & Jeannette Bos

James Finn Garner is the author of Politically Correct Bedtime StoriesPolitically Correct Holiday Stories, and Apocalypse Wow. Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Garner's first book, has sold more than 2.5 million copies in the U.S. and has been translated into 20 languages.

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Brett Webb-Mitchell

God Plays Piano Too: The Spiritual Lives of Disabled Children

Tuesday, January 16
Underwritten by: Hope Network

Brett Webb-Mitchell is an advocate for justice and has worked with people with disabilities in faith communities for full inclusion. 

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Kenneth Bratt

Rootless in America

Wednesday, January 17
Underwritten by: Creative Dining Services

Kenneth Bratt, professor in the classics department of Calvin College, will discuss "Rootless in America."

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Reed Tuckson

Violence as a Public Health Problem

Thursday, January 18
Underwritten by: Comerica Bank

Dr. Reed Tuckson will discuss how violence could be a public health problem. 

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Elizabeth Loftus

The Myth of Repressed Memory

Friday, January 19
Underwritten by: Jack Loeks Theatres/Studio 28

Elizabeth Loftus is a cognitive psychologist and expect on human memory. Best known for her ground-breaking work on the misinformation effect and eyewitness memory as well as the creation and nature of false memories, Loftus has written and worked extensively in these areas. 

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Richard M. DeVos

Professional Athletics: Mania, Money, and Morals

Monday, January 22
Underwritten by: Windcrest Group

A renowned speaker, Rich DeVos has appeared before hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. His recorded talk, “Selling America,” received the Alexander Hamilton Award for Economic Education from the Freedom’s Foundation. He has written four books: BELIEVE!,Compassionate Capitalism, Hope From My Heart: Ten Lessons for Life and most recently Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People. He is the Cofounder of Amway Corporation and chairman of the NBA Orlando Magic.

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Deborah Ajakaiye

Africa Today: Democracy, Factionalism, and Brain Drain

Tuesday, January 23
Underwritten by: Gainey Transportation Services Inc.

Deborah Ajakaiye is a Nigerian geophysicist. She is the first female physics professor in Africa and her work in geophysics has played an important role in mining in Nigeria.

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Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble

New Orleans Jazz

Wednesday, January 24
Underwritten by: Meijer, Inc.

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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