2007 Schedule
The speakers of the 2007 January Series June Hamersma, Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Christopher Buckley, Monday, January 22, 2007 Louisiana Jazz Ensemble, Friday, January 19, 2007 Miroslav Volf, Thursday, January 18, 2007 Jeff Shaara, Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Jon Meacham, Tuesday, January 16, 2007 Brenda Salter McNeil, Monday, January 15, 2007 Peter Okaalet, Friday, January 12, 2007 Gloriae Dei Cantores, Thursday, January 11, 2007 S. Frederick Starr, Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Gerard Thomas Straub, Tuesday, Janaury 9, 2007 Laura Smit, Monday, January 8, 2007 N.T. Wright, Friday, January 5, 2007 Richard Lapchick, Thursday, January 4, 2007 Lauren Winner, Wendesday, January 3, 2007
Lauren Winner
"The Truth about Married Sex"
Underwritten by: J.C. Huizenga
Author of "Girls Meets God", "Mudhouse Sabbath" and "Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity", Winner returns to TJS after a stunning presentation in 2006.
Richard Lapchick
"Sports Heroes Off the Field Making this a Better World"
Underwritten by: Huntington Bank
Author, scholar, human rights activists, President & CEO of the National Consortium for Academics and Chairman of the DeVos Sports Business Management Program at the University of Florida.
N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham
"Simply Christian"
Underwritten by: Meijer, Inc.
Brilliant presenter, foremost theologian and author of scholarly and popular books on Christianity.
Laura Smit
"Reclaiming the Value of Beauty"
Underwritten by: Peter & Pat Cook
Dean of the Chapel, Professor of Religion & Theology at Calvin College and author.

Evening Film Series: "Room at the Inn" will be shown in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. with commentary by Gerard Thomas Straub - free admission.

Tues 9th Gerard Thomas Straub
"Poverty and Prayer and the Power
of Film"

Underwritten by: Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, LLP
Author, filmaker and former Hollywood producer turned advocate for the poor, social justice, peace, non-violence, prayer and the integrity of creation.

Evening Film Series: "Endless Exodus: The Sorrowful Flight of the Migrants" will be shown in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. with commentary by Gerard Thomas Straub - free admission.

S. Frederick Starr
"What's Happening at the Heart of Eurasia?"
Underwritten by: Barnes & Thornburg
Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and Rector of the University of Central Asia.
Gloriae Dei Cantores
from The Community of Jesus,
Orleans, MA
Underwritten by: Mercantile Bank of Michigan
An internationally renowned 40-voice choir with a passionate dedication to express the most authentic and compelling interpretation of sacred choral music spanning two millennia.

*This presentation is not available for broadcast or recordings

Peter Okaalet
"Health and Hope for a Hurting World"
Underwritten by: Spectrum Health
Named a Global Health Hero in 2005 by Time Magazine, Dr. Okaalet is a Ugandan physician and pastor working to bridge the gap between doctors and clergy when it comes to combating the epidemic of AIDS.
Brenda Salter McNeil
"The Heart of Racial Justice"
in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Underwritten by: John & Mary Loeks
Pastor, teacher, evangelist, author, and dynamic speaker who holds degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, Rutgers University and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She believes that racial & ethnic hostility is one of the most serious problems facing the contemporary church.
Jon Meacham
"American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation"
Underwritten by: Macatawa Bank
Newly appointed Editor of Newsweek Magazine who was named "one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business" by The New York Times. This best selling author returns to TJS after a brilliant presentation in 2005.
Jeff Shaara
"The Rising Tide: A Storyteller's View of The Second World War"
Underwritten by: GMB Architects-Engineers
Best selling author of novels on the American wars from the Revolutionary War to his latest on World War II, scheduled to be released in October 2006.
Miroslav Volf
"Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace"
Underwritten by: Lawrence D. Sr. and Dolores Bos
Author of dozens of scholarly articles and ten books including his most recent, "Free of Charge" which is being called the best book on forgiveness for the general audience. He is one of the most respected living theologians, the Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School.
Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble
Underwritten by: The Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation
A group of New Orleans-based musicians who have been performing classic New Orleans jazz in absolutely authentic formats with period instruments since 1979. The LRJE players are drawn from all the racial and ethnic groups that make up the New Orleans "melting pot".

*This presentation is not available for broadcast or recordings
Christopher Buckley
"An Afternoon with Christopher Buckley"
Underwritten by: Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Humorist, author, political and social satirist and former speechwriter for Vice President George H.W. Bush, this founding editor of Forbes FYI will bring his unique insights and perceptions to TJS.

*This presentation is not available for broadcast or recordings

June Hamersma
"My Story: Twenty Years of The January Series "
Underwritten by: A Friend of The January Series & Hospice of Michigan
Creator and Director of The January Series of Calvin College for 20 years and founding Chair of the Hospice of Michigan Foundation will make her debut as a presenter and share her vision for The January Series past, present and future.

The January Series is held in the Calvin College Fine Arts Center.

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All presentations begin at 12:30 PM and end promptly at 1:30 PM.

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