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Noontime Series


Nootime Series LogoFree one-hour programs held at 12-1 PM in the Calvin Chapel.
Please join us for these wonderful, engaging, and thought provoking lectures.

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The Fall 2014 Noontime Series:


Dutch Immigrants

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).

Early music

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, October 16, China: Media Revolution, Ministry Opportunities by Kurt Selles

Thursday, October 2, Biomedical Research and Science Education at Van Andel Institute with Steve Triezenberg

Thursday, September 18   Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History , by Dianne Stampfler     

Thursday, September 4, 20140 Fatal Crossing presented by Valerie van Heest.

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