Free one-hour programs
at 12-1 PM in the Calvin Chapel.
Please join us for these wonderful, engaging, and thought provoking lectures.
Mark your calendars now and share these dates and topics with others.
The Fall 2014 Noontime Series:
September 4 Fatal Crossing by Valerie van Heest
On June 23, 1950, NW Airlines Flight 2501 with 58 souls on board disappeared over Lake Michigan. The wreck was never located and the cause of the accident never determined. Valerie van Heest will share how her team set off to find the submerged wreck and solve the mystery of the plane’s disappearance. But an unexpected meeting with a victim's son prompted a search of a different kind.
September 18 Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History
by Dianne Stampfler
Michigan is the second-most agriculturally-diverse state in the country. From cherries and grapes to blueberries and pumpkins, peaches and apples to asparagus and celery (and many more). Add to that a growing industry focused on locally-sourced products, and you have a feast just waiting to be devoured. Michigan is also home to many significant food manufacturers that have helped shape Michigan’s culture. This program will not only introduce audiences to Michigan’s rich foodie and agricultural history, but will allow everyone to sample a few Michigan-made products as well!
October 2 Biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute by Steve Triezenberg
In 1996, Jay and Betty Van Andel established a two-part institute dedicated to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Van Andel Research Institute conducts biomedical research in cancer, Parkinsons disease, and other diseases, seeking to bring forth better ways to diagnose and treat those diseases. Van Andel Education Institute seeks to promote science education from elementary through graduate school and to develop the scientists and leaders of the future. This session will describe past successes and future visions for both VARI and VAEI.
October 16 China: Media Revolution, Ministry Opportunities by Kurt Selles
The last several decades China has been going through a time of profound social transition. Media is playing a huge role in the changes taking place. Media has changed the way Chinese people communicate about their society and with each other. This revolution has also opened unprecedented opportunities for gospel ministry. Hear how media is changing China and the Chinese church.
October 30 Calvin Stories in the History of Holland, Michigan by Bob Swierenga
Holland would be a very different place without the contributions of Calvin alumni who have impacted every part of life along the Lakeshore, from churches and schools to businesses, the arts, civic organizations, and social and political institutions. Swierenga will relate stories of “Calvinites” featured in his three-volume work, Holland Michigan, From Dutch Colony to Dynamic City (Eerdmans Publishing Co. and Van Raalte Press, 2014).
November 11 The Early Music Concert (**Tuesday in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center)
THE EARLY MUSIC CONCERT is an ensemble of musicians from Calvin College and the Grand Rapids area dedicated to the performance of early music on historical instruments. The ensemble performs widely in West Michigan, offering concert and educational programs ranging from songs and dances of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the masterpieces of solo and chamber music of the Baroque era. Founded in the 1970s, the Early Music Concert is currently led by Calvin Stapert and Timothy Steele, and the membership expands and contracts as repertoire demands. For the 2014-15 season they are joined by sopranos Benita Wolters-Fredlund and Lisa Walhout, tenor Keith Fredlund, guitarist William Brettschneider, and harpsichordist David Diephouse, and their program features music of the 17th-century, including Monteverdi's Scherzi Musicaliand a variety of sacred and secular music by Schütz, Purcell and others.
Past Noontime Series
Thursday, April 3, 2014-Why the Church Needs to Talk About Evolution presented by Deborah Haarsma. We have been able to re-tape the lecture and provide the full length of the presentation.
Thursday, March 20, 2014- From Sea to Sea on a Bike:Why? presented by Carol Rienstra
Thursday, March 6, 2014- Christian Book Publishing in a Post-Literate, Digital Age presented by Dwight Baker
February 20,2014-Trapped By Endemic War: Syrian Refugees in Jordan presented by Bert De Vries
February 6, 2014- God at Work in Prison: From Angola to Ionia presented by John Rottman:
November 14, 2013-"Hymns that Time Forgot" presented by Greg Scheer
October 31, 2013-Michigan's Shameful Treatment of Prisoners presented by Doug Tjapkes
October 17, 2013 -Father Henri J.M. Nouwen: Friend, Guide, and Mentor presented by
Rabbi Albert Lewis
October 3, 2013-A Ram in the Thicket presented by Catherine Frerichs
September 19, 2013 -Cracks in the Wall presented by Marlin & Sally Vis
September 5, 2013-Learning from the Oppressed presented by Nicholas Wolterstorff