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Inauguration Week: October 13–21, 2012

Saturday, October 13

7:30 p.m.
Student Showcase
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
*Ticketed event
Did you miss out on last year's Airband, Calvin's Got Talent, Dance Guild, or Rangeela? You have a wonderful opportunity to see some of the "best of" acts from last year. Join over 100 student performers as they welcome President Le Roy and his family and "initiate" them to some of our most outstanding Calvin traditions.

Sunday, October 14

8:00 p.m.
"Together We Worship: Where Are Your Treasures?"
LOFT Worship Service
Chapel Sanctuary
Reception following

Monday, October 15

8:00 p.m.
Regina Spektor Inauguration Concert
Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
*SOLD OUT

Tuesday, October 16—Saturday, October 20

All day, and through the week
Academic Poster Fair
Van Noord Arena Lobby, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
To celebrate the work of Calvin College's departments, centers and institutes, a poster fair will be on display from Tuesday, October 16, through Saturday, October, 20, 2012.

Wednesday, October 17

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Staff Reception with Michael K. Le Roy, Ph.D.
West Lobby, Covenant Fine Arts Center
The Center Art Gallery, hosted by director Joel Zwart, will be also be open for you to view “90 Years of Collecting–Looking Back and Looking Forward” along with an Art Faculty Exhibition.
By invitation and RSVP only

Thursday, October 18

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
"Educating for Shalom: A Theology of Citizenship for a Complex World"
Chapel Sanctuary
Reception following
Julia K. Stronks, J.D., Ph.D.
Edward B. Lindaman Chair
Professor of Political Science
Whitworth University
In what way does a Christian liberal arts college respectfully and appropriately educate global citizens to navigate a complex world in which religious practices and beliefs compete? How will Christian students refrain from falling into relativism or vague spirituality if they are working with people committed to different worldviews? One answer lies in the development of a theology of citizenship. Introducing a technique that the U.S. Supreme Court has developed, this presentation will demonstrate how Christians can hold firmly to the convictions of their faith while still working in a religiously diverse environment.
Moderator
  • Cheryl K. Brandsen, Ph.D.
    Dean of the Social Sciences and Contextual Disciplines
    Calvin College
Alumni Respondents
  • Moses Chung, M. Div. ('93)
    Director of Home Missions
    Christian Reformed Church in North America
  • David L. Schutt, Ph.D. ('87)
    Chief Executive Officer
    SAE International
7:00 p.m.
"90 Years of Collecting—Looking Back and Looking Forward"; Art Faculty Exhibition
Covenant Fine Arts Center, West Lobby and Center Art Gallery
Reception following

Friday, October 19

10:00 a.m.
Emeriti Reception with Michael K. Le Roy, Ph.D.; Rare Book Room Dedication
Heritage Hall, Hekman Library
By invitation and RSVP only
4:00 p.m–5:30 p.m.
"The Bible in the Calvin College Reformed Past and Worldwide Future"
Chapel Sanctuary
Reception following
Mark A. Noll, Ph.D.
Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History
University of Notre Dame
Because Scripture is foundational in the Christian Reformed Church's Three Forms of Unity and because it was crucial in the inspirational educational work of Abraham Kuyper, the Bible has always been important for the work of Calvin College. But because of the college's Dutch Reformed heritage, its reliance on Scripture has differed in important ways from how the Bible has been used by other Protestants in America. One of those distinctives has been concentration on the grand arc of biblical narrative (creation–fall–redemption–last things) and the implications of that narrative for all academic disciplines. But now, given the new shape of world Christianity, the Dutch Reformed heritage faces a new challenge. In burgeoning Christian movements throughout the world Scripture has become a guidebook for imitating biblical deeds of charismatic power. This address will ask how the riches of Calvin's biblical tradition might still be used for the benefit of other believers even as Calvin learns from the great diversity of biblical approaches that now characterizes a rapidly expanding Christian world.
Moderator
  • Claudia Beversluis
    Provost
    Calvin College
Alumni Respondents
  • Willie Jennings, M. Div., Ph.D. '84
    Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies
    Duke University
  • Bethany Keeley-Jonker, Ph.D. '05
    Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
    Trinity Christian College
7:30 p.m.
"Together We Celebrate"
Calvin Music Festival
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
*Ticketed event

Saturday, October 20

11:00 a.m.
Delegate and Faculty Brunch
Commons Dining Hall
By invitation and RSVP only
The Calvin College Seal
2:00 p.m.
Inauguration of Michael K. Le Roy, Ph.D.
Van Noord Arena, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
Reception following
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6:00 p.m.
Inaugural Gala
JW Marriott, downtown Grand Rapids
By invitation and RSVP only
7:30 p.m.
"Together We Celebrate"
Calvin Music Festival
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
*Ticketed event
9:00 p.m.
Campus Inaugural Celebration
Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex

Sunday, October 21

11:00 a.m.
"Together We Worship: Do Not Worry"
LOFT Worship Service
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium

*Tickets may be purchased online from the Calvin Box Office or call (616) 526-6282.