2008 Schedule
2008 January Series Speakers Michael Mandelbaum: Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 Bill McKibben: Friday, January 4th, 2008 Sonja Nazario: Monday, January 7th, 2008 Chris Seiple: Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 Eleanor Clift: Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 Debra Rienstra: Thursday, January 10th, 2008 Ishmael Beah: Friday, January 11th, 2008 James Abbington: Monday, January 14th, 2008 Margaret Lowman: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Timothy George: Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 Michael Griffin: Thursday, January 17th, 2008 Douglas Diekema: Friday, January 18th, 2008 Stages Theatre Company: Monday, January 21st, 2008 William Garvelink: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 Sigval Berg: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
Thur 3rd Michael Mandelbaum
"Democracy's Good Name "
Underwritten by: Meijer, Inc.
One of America 's leading authorities on international affairs, known for his ability to explain with great clarity the meaning and consequences of complicated global developments and trends. He is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington , DC , and the author or co-author of 10 books. His most recent book, just released in Fall 2007, is entitled "Democracy's Good Name: The Rise and the Risks of the World's Most Popular Form of Government".

* note: this presentation will not be archived on the web due to contractual restrictions

Bill McKibben
"Deep Economy"
Underwritten by: Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Former staff writer for the New Yorker, he has written ten books in recent years dealing with the environment and culture, his most recent book is "Deep Economy". He is the Scholar in Residence in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and founder of StepItUp07.org which focused on building grass roots movements to support curbs on carbon emissions.
Sonia Nazario
"Enrique's Journey"
Underwritten by: Macatawa Bank
LA Times reporter who has written the book "Enrique's Journey" which documents the stories of Central American children riding the tops of freight trains (known as the "death trains") through Mexico to be with their mothers who are working illegally in the States. It's a fascinating book that gives a new perspective on the complex issue of illegal immigration.
Chris Seiple
"Stewarding American Power: Recommendations for the Next President"
Underwritten by: The Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation
President of the Institute for Global Engagement in Washington DC which promotes sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide. As a faith-based organization, IGE believes firmly in universal human dignity and is committed to the protection of all faiths through the rule of law. Dr. Seiple combines expertise with experience in fashioning some practical suggestions about how we, through the president we elect, might steward American might - spiritual, cultural, economic, and military - in a globalizing and hurting world."
Wed 9th Eleanor Clift
"Countdown to Election 2008"
Underwritten by: Huntington Bank
Contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, she reports on the White House, presidential politics, and a variety of national issues. Her column, "Capitol Letter," is posted each week on Newsweek.com and MSNBC.com. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show, "The McLaughlin Group," and a political analyst for the Fox News Network.

* Following this presentation in Fine Arts Center Room 125 there will be a follow-up discussion sponsored by CALL (Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning) led by Dr. Stephen Monsma, former professor of Political Science at both Calvin and Pepperdine University. This discussion is open to all.

* note: this presentation will not be archived on the web due to contractual restrictions

Debra Rienstra
"Words Wear Out: How Writers Help Us Renew Religious Language"
Underwritten by: Peter & Pat Cook
Associate Professor of English at Calvin College teaching modern British Literature, world literature, Shakespeare, composition and poetry. She is the author of two books, "Great with Child: On Becoming a Mother" and "So Much More: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality" - a kind of imaginative orientation to the Christian faith.
Ishmael Beah
"A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier"
Underwritten by: John & Mary Loeks
At the age of 11 Ishmael's life in Sierra Leone was derailed by the outbreak of a brutal civil war. After the death of his parents and two brothers, Ishmael was recruited to fight as a child soldier. He fought for over two years before he was removed from the army by UNICEF and placed in a rehabilitation home. After rehabilitation he won a competition to attend a conference at the United Nations to talk about the devastating effects of war on children in his country. This was the beginning of his career as a representative to help bring international attention to the issue of child soldiering and war affected children.

* note: this presentation will not be archived on the web due to contractual restrictions

James Abbington
"100 Years of Black Gospel Music in an Hour"
in celebration of the January 15 birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Underwritten by: Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, LLP
Associate Professor of Music and Worship at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Dr. Abbington's research interests include music and worship in the Christian church, African American sacred folk music, organ, choral music and ethnomusicology. He serves as Executive Editor of the African American Church Music Series by GIA Publications.
Margaret Lowman
"It's a Jungle Up There: Exploration of the Treetops"
Underwritten by: Israels Designs for Living
Tropical Rain Forest Canopy Biologist and Educator, Director of Environmental Initiatives and Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies at New College of Florida . She is the author of "Life in the Treetops" and "More Stories from the Treetops". With 20 years of experience in all of the world's rain forests, she will share her fascinating research and amusing adventures as one of the first woman pioneers in this field of science.
Timothy George
"Theology for an Age of Terror"
Underwritten by: Van Wyk Risk & Financial Management
Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School and author or editor of over 20 books including "Theology of the Reformers" and his latest book "God the Holy Trinity". He is the executive editor for Christianity Today and is on the editorial advisory board for Books and Culture, Harvard Theological review , and Christian History .
Michael Griffin
American Competitiveness: NASA's Role & Everyone's Responsibilty
Underwritten by: Barnes & Thornburg
Griffin was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate in April 2005 as the 11th Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He leads the NASA team and manages the U.S. vision for space exploration.
Douglas Diekema
"Love, Justice, and Humility: A Bioethicist meets the Pillow Angel"
Underwritten by: Spectrum Health
Pediatrician and Medical Ethicist at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Diekema has been featured as the spokesperson for the hospital ethics board that allowed the surgery that stunted the growth of a severely mentally and physically disabled child named Ashley in 2004 in order to allow her parents to give her better care. The case became public in 2007 and has drawn national attention including stories in People and Time Magazines as well as a debate with Joni Erickson Tada on Larry King Live on CNN. Whether you feel the decision was the correct one or not, it is a case that will continue to be considered and will serve as an influence for future cases.

* Following this presentation in Fine Arts Center Room 125 there will be a follow-up discussion sponsored by CALL (Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning) led by Dr. Ronald Hofman, Grand Rapids Pediatrician, who knows Dr. Diekema well. This discussion is open to all.

Stages Theatre Company
"A Lion in Winter"
Underwritten by: Holland Litho Printing Services
The Gloriae Dei Artes Foundation from the Community of Jesus in Orleans , MA returns to TJS after an outstanding presentation by their choir in 2007. This year their theatre company will entertain us with their special one hour adaptation of their production Lion in Winter by James Goldman. Stages Theatre Company performs year-round on Cape Cod and has toured the east coast and many southern states performing at conferences, schools, and churches, as well as leading theater workshops. They are dedicated to exploring the eternal answers that offer hope and inspiration for the human condition. The company strives to "give you the truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion" (Williams, The Glass Menagerie). Past productions include works ranging from Shakespeare to Neil Simon, T.S. Eliot to Tennessee Williams.

* note: this presentation will not be archived on the web due to contractual restrictions

William Garvelink
U.S. Leadership in Responding to the World's Humanitarian Crises

Underwritten by: Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Recently announced by the White House as the Ambassador-designate of the United States to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Garvelink, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to this, he served as Mission Director for Eritrea at the United States Agency for International Development. Earlier in his career, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development.
Sigval Berg
"Energy: Our Responsibility"
Underwritten by: GMB Architects-Engineers
Senior Vice President for UniStar Nuclear, the nation's largest supplier of electricity to large commercial and industrial customers and the nation's largest wholesale power seller. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served in the U.S. nuclear program until 1981. He will discuss from a business, social, and environmental perspective, what are the issues, policies, and responsibilities associated with being responsible stewards for the world in which we live and how might the future of nuclear power contribute.

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