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January 2014: Schedule of Speakers

Presentations begin 12:30 p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. CST, 10:30 a.m. MST, 9:30 a.m. PST)

Click for more information about the speaker or to listen via streaming audio. Speakers that have already presented in January 2014 are found at the end of the list.

Wednesday, January 8

Isabel Wilkerson
"The Epic Story of America's Great Migration"

Underwritten by John & Mary Loeks and Spectrum Health

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author, Wilkerson spent 15 years interviewing more than 1,200 people to write The Warmth of Other Suns, her award-winning work of narrative nonfiction that tells the epic story of the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life.  From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America and has become known as the Great Migration. Toni Morrison calls the book “profound, necessary, and a delight to read.” Tom Brokaw praises it as “an epic for all Americans who want to understand the making of our modern nation.” Wilkerson is a gifted and passionate speaker who has addressed the topics of migration, social justice, urban affairs and 20th Century history at universities across the country and in Europe. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’ 60 Minutes, PBS’s Charlie Rose, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NBC’s Nightly News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and others. She has lectured on narrative writing at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and has served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and as the James M. Cox Jr. Professor at Emory University. She is currently Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University.

Note: Due to contractual restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

Thursday, January 9

Olympia Snowe
"Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress"

Underwritten by Meijer, Inc.

An outspoken centrist, Senator Snowe stunned Washington in February 2012 when she announced she would not seek a fourth term and offered a sharp rebuke to the Senate, citing the dispiriting gridlock and polarization.  After serving in the legislative branch at the state and federal levels for 40 years, including 18 years in the U.S. Senate, she explained that Washington wasn’t solving the big problems anymore.  In her book “Fighting for Common Ground” she explores the roots of her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise.  A leading moderate with a reputation for crossing the aisle, Senator Snowe proposes solutions for bridging the partisan divide in Washington, most notably through a citizens’ movement to hold elected officials accountable.  In 2005, Snowe was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.  In 2006, Time magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. senators.

Friday, January 10

Bob Goff
"Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World"

Underwritten by Barnes & Thornburg

Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda and India. Bob often appears at leadership and university events, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life. With a team of dedicated people, Restore International has pursued justice for the needy. Restore worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing to trial over 200 cases, including cases involving children who were languishing in jail without trial. In India, Restore investigated and intervened to relieve minor girls from a life of forced prostitution, leading to the identification and arrest of over 80 perpetrators. Bob’s inspiration has been fueled by the friendships he has developed with others around the world who desire to pursue strategic ways to help people in need. As an attorney, Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt. Additionally, he serves as the Hon. Counsul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States. He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School where he teaches Nonprofit Law, and Point Loma Nazarene University, where he teaches Business Law.

Note: Due to contractual restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

Monday, January 13

Kevin Schut
"Of Games & God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games"

Underwritten by Jeff and Shirley Hoogstra

An associate professor and chair of the department of media and communication at Trinity Western University in British Columbia.  Schut writes about the intersection of communication, culture, media, technology and faith, primarily by talking about computer and video games. He has published articles or chapters on fantasy-role-playing computer games and masculinity, on computer games and myth, on the presentation of history in computer games, and on evangelicals and games.  He has also guided interdisciplinary groups of students in designing and constructing small indie-style computer games.  He is a Calvin College alum returning to share his insights into the compatibility of the Christian faith and interactive entertainment.

Tuesday, January 14

Nicole Baker Fulgham
"Educating All God's Children"

Underwritten by Miller Johnson

Fulgham is the president and founder of The Expectations Project, a national organization that mobilizes people of faith to support public education reform and close the academic achievement gap.  She is the former vice president of faith community relations at Teach for America, has appeared on CNN and ABC News, and was named to the list of “50 Women to Watch: those Most Shaping the Church and Culture” by Christianity Today.  A native of Detroit, Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan and joined Teach For America where she taught fifth grade in Compton, California.  She received her doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles, with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation. She is the recipient of an Education Entrepreneur Fellowship with The Mind Trust and serves on the board of several non-profit and community organizations, including the National Association of Evangelicals and Faith in Public Life.  Nicole and her husband have three children and live in the Washington, DC area.

Wednesday, January 15

Zachary Karabell
"Trend and Repeat: What History and Economics can Teach us about the Future"

Underwritten by the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation

Designated a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, Karabell is bringing a profound and refreshingly optimistic outlook to a world economy in crisis. He is a regular contributor on CNBC and Fast Money, and is also a frequent commentator on MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Fox News and The History Channel. Karabell regularly writes for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New Your Times and Newsweek: the Daily Beast. He is also the author of several books including his latest Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World. He is a graduate of Columbia, Oxford and Harvard and served as a professor of American History, American Government, Middle East History and International relations at several universities including Dartmouth and Harvard.

Thursday, January 16

Michael K. Le Roy
"The Sustainability of Higher Education and the Future of Calvin College"

Underwritten by Van Wyk Risk & Financial Management

Appointed in June 2012, Le Roy is the 10th and current president of Calvin College. Born in La Mesa, California, he grew up in Bainbridge Island, Washington. He attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington where he studied international studies and peace studies. While studying at Whitworth, Le Roy traveled and studied in three Central American countries in the midst of civil war. He worked on trade policy in apartheid-era South Africa through an internship with the Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in political science at Vanderbilt University in1994. Dr. Le Roy also studied on a Fulbright Scholarship in Goteberg, Sweden, and taught as a visiting professor at the College of William and Mary. From 1994-2002, Le Roy taught political science at Wheaton College where he chaired the department of politics and international relations, developed a new international relations major and served for six years as the director of the Wheaton in Europe program. In 2002 he returned to Whitworth where he taught political science for three years before being appointed vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty. He is a strong believer in the role of Christian liberal arts in the landscape of Christian higher education and is leading Calvin College forward during a challenging era in the history of higher education.

Friday, January 17

Linda Smith
"Renting Lacy: A Story of America's Prostituted Children"

Underwritten by Wedgwood Christian Services

Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), which is the commercial sexual exploitation of children through buying, selling, or trading their sexual services, happens all over the world including the United States.  At least 100,000 U.S. children are exploited in prostitution every year in America.  The average age a child is first exploited is 13 years old.  Linda Smith has dedicated her life to changing this story.  In 1998, while serving in the U.S. Congress, Linda traveled to a notorious brothel district in India where the hopeless faces of women and children forced into prostitution compelled her to found Shared Hope International. Linda is the primary author of From Congress to the Brothel and Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children.”  She co-authored The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the DEMAND Report.  Linda has testified before Congress, presented at national and international forums, and has been published in news outlets and journals. Linda served as a Washington State legislator (1983-93) before she was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1994.  Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through a three-prong approach – prevention, restoration, and justice.

Monday, January 20

John M. Perkins
"Love is the Final Fight: The Life and Legacy of John M. Perkins"
in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Underwritten by The Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation

Born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper, John M. Perkins fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal. Although Dr. Perkins vowed never to return, in 1960 after he accepted Christ, he returned to his boyhood home to share the gospel of Christ with those still living in the region. His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings.  Today, Dr. Perkins is president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development of Jackson, Mississippi. He is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement. He is also an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian community development.

Tuesday, January 21

Paul Douglas
"Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend"

Underwritten by Wolverine Gas & Oil Corporation

Note: Due to contractual restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

The concept of “normal weather” has shifted with the increase of more extreme weather events; drier droughts, wetter storms and more historic flooding events. Today’s weather patterns are far from the weather patterns we grew up with. Climate change is flavoring all weather now, and it has profound implications for our future. As Minnesota's first CBM broadcast meteorologist with a meteorology degree from Penn State, Paul has spent 36 years in broadcasting radio and television, web production, print and reporting. Although he grew up in Pennsylvania, he has spent nearly his entire career in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, 11 years at KARE11, another 11 years at WCCO-TV. In addition to 3 years at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Douglas has appeared on ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. A serial entrepreneur, Douglas started EarthWatch, the first company to bring 3-D weather graphics to broadcasters in 1991. In 1998 he started Digital Cyclone, the first company to have an application on a cell phone. Garmin purchased Digital Cyclone in 2007, allowing Douglas to focus his efforts on his next venture, WeatherNation. Douglas also teamed with Barnes and Noble to write a national book on weather, “Restless Skies, the Ultimate Weather Book.” He has taught college classes on broadcast meteorology, lectured extensively on climate change, and he still writes a daily weather column for the Star Tribune newspaper. His software was used in Steven Spielberg's movies “Jurassic Park” and “Twister”, and his reporting and television weathercasting has garnered AP Awards and a local Emmy.

Wednesday, January 22

Victoria Sweet
"God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine"

Underwritten by Holland Home

Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in history. She practiced medicine for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she began writing. In her recent book, God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, she lays out her evidence—in stories of her patients and her hospital—for some radically new ideas about medicine and healthcare in this country. In our attempts to get control of healthcare costs by privileging “efficiency,” she suggests, we’ve been headed down the wrong path. Medicine works best—that is, arrives at the right diagnosis and the right treatment for the least amount of money—when it is personal and face-to-face; when the doctor has enough time to do a good job, and pays attention not only to the patient but to what’s around the patient. Dr. Sweet calls this approach Slow Medicine. Oliver Sacks say’s God’s Hotel should be “required reading for anyone interested in the business of health care – and especially those interested in the humanity of health care.”

Thursday, January 23

Bill Rasmussen
"Channeling Sports: A Conversation with ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen"

Underwritten by GMB Architects + Engineers

On September 7, 1979, ESPN was launched. Entrepreneurial daring, irrepressible enthusiasm and a dash of good luck gave the world the first 24-hour television network. Once unleashed upon sports fans, ESPN’s impact forever changed the way we watch television. The man who had the dream, the founder of ESPN, is Bill Rasmussen.  A life-long entrepreneur and sports fan, Rasmussen’s innovations in advertising, sports and broadcasting are too numerous to list, but they include the creation of “Sports Center”, wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular-season and “March Madness” college basketball, and coverage of the College World Series. He broke the advertising barrier to cable television by signing Anheuser Busch to the largest cable TV advertising contract ever.  Rasmussen is a frequent guest on radio, television and the internet, and is the author of the best-selling book, “Sports Junkies Rejoice! The Birth of ESPN.”  A United States Air Force veteran, Rasmussen received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from DePauw University and his MBA from Rutgers University.


Friday, January 24

Jennifer Wiseman
"Our Place in An Amazing Universe"

Underwritten by Holland Litho Printing Services

Note: Due to contractual restrictions, this presentation will not be archived.

An American astronomer, Wiseman received her bachelor's degree in physics from MIT and her Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University. Wiseman discovered periodic comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff while working as an undergraduate research assistant in 1987. With a keen interest in science policy and public dialogue, she served as a Congressional Science Fellow and currently directs the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.   She is currently a senior astrophysicist at Goddard Space Flight Center, where she previously headed the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory, and where she studies the formation of stars in interstellar clouds.    A committed Christian, she has authored several essays addressing the relationship of astronomy and Christian faith.  She grew up on an Arkansas farm, where she enjoyed late night star-gazing walks with her parents and pets.  She will share the latest astronomical discoveries and images from space and discuss how galaxies, stars and planets form and mature, what they can teach us, and how good science can  strengthen our faith.


Monday, January 27

Anne Zaki
"Is the Arab Spring the Arab Christian's Fall?"

Underwritten by Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning and The Christian Reformed Church in North America

Anne is a resource development specialist for global and multi-cultural resources at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship living with her husband and four sons in Cairo, Egypt. She currently teaches at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo.  Anne received her Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Psychology and Sociology in 1999, her Master’s degree from The American University in Cairo in the field of Social Psychology in 2002, and her Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2009.  Anne, who was born in Egypt, and her husband, Naji Umran, pastored two churches in Michigan and British Columbia but always planned to return one day to Egypt to live and serve.  In September 2011, nine months after the events of the Arab Spring, they felt called to make the move.  Anne will share with us what life is like in Egypt for Middle Eastern Christians and share with us where she finds her hope.

Anne will also be a presenter at the Calvin Symposium on Worship on January 30–February 1, 2014.

Tuesday, January 28

Jeremy Begbie
"Reshaping Lament: Music and the Way to Joy"

Underwritten by The Center for Excellence in Preaching

Note: Due to contractual restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

Professor at Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina and Cambridge University, England, and founder of Theology through the Arts, a project "to discover and demonstrate ways in which the arts can contribute towards the renewal of Christian theology.” He is the author of several publications as well as the co-editor of Resonant Witness: Conversations between Music and Theology, Eerdmans, 2011.  He studied philosophy and music at Edinburgh University, and theology at Aberdeen and Cambridge. A professionally trained musician, he has performed extensively as a pianist, oboist and conductor. He is an ordained minister of the Church of England, having served for a  number of years as assistant pastor of a Church in West London.  He has taught widely in the UK, North America and South Africa, specializing in performance-lectures. He is married with four children.

Jeremy will also be a presenter at the Calvin Symposium on Worship on January 30–February 1, 2014.