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sexuality series

2009-2010 Schedule

October 2009

WHEN WHO WHERE
Thursday, October 1

"Porn University" multimedia presentation by Michael Leahy. Michael is a recovering porn addict with a powerful message about the effects of pornography in our culture.

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7:00 pm in the chapel with overflow in the undercroft.
Friday, October 2

Stop Child Trafficking NOW Walk Against Child Slavery

Sponsored by the Social Justice Coalition and SCTNow

6pm, Ladies Literary Club
Thursday, October 8

"A Theology of the Body: Love, Happiness and Sex" by Christopher Kaczor. Listen to the discussion (MP3)

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Pope John Paul ll’s reflections on the body and sex, known as the Theology of the Body, explore the thesis that “The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, and thus to be a sign of it.”

Theology of the Body has been described as "one of the boldest reconfigurations of Catholic theology in centuries."

Christopher Kaczor is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous books on issues of ethics, philosophy and religion.

7:00 pm in the commons lecture hall
Starting week of October 12

Porn Discussion Groups

The sexuality series is offering three discussion groups based on Michael Leahy's book, "Porn Nation."
Groups will meet once a week for 4 weeks, starting the week of October 12 (times TBD with participants).
The groups are for anyone wanting to think about effects of porn on society, relationships and faith. They are not counseling groups:

1) Men's group
2) Women's group
3) Group for men or women whose significant other may have issues with porn.

"Porn Nation" discussion guides will be provided free. Copies of "Porn Nation" (student edition) will be available for $4.
To sign up, email sexualityseries@calvin.edu.

 
Tuesday, October 20

Dr. Freda Bush "The Effects of Casual Sex on the Brain" Listen to the discussion (MP3)

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New research reveals that sexual activity has a biological and chemical impact on the brain. Dr Freda Bush discusses these dramatic findings and how they prove materially that sexual behavior has far-reaching effects on how we think and feel. Dr.Bush is an OB/GYN who shares from over 40 years of experience in sexual health on how to cultivate relationships around values that build productive lives. She is co-author of the book “Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children.”

8:00pm Chapel
October 22 - December 10

Women's Discussion Group:
Discussing faith, relationships, sex, decisions about the future, family and career. Led by Lisa Jousma and Janet Glassford.

Thursdays 3-4pm
Contact mentoring@calvin.edu
Sponsored by the Mentoring Office

 
Saturday, October 31 and November 7

Premarital Workshop

The Broene Counseling Center is again offering a premarital workshop to any Calvin student(s) planning to get married within a year or so. The workshop consists of two consecutive Saturday mornings, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 and will be led by Randy Wolthuis, Ph.D. Topics covered include family of origin, nurturing a relationship, communication, money, and conflict management. Cost is $35 per couple. To sign up or ask questions, please call us at 526-6123.

9am -12 noon. Broene Counseling Center

November 2009

WHEN WHO WHERE
Friday, November 6

The Neurobiology of Pornography 'Addiction' in the Male Brain by Dr. William Struthers, Wheaton College.

Is there such a thing as an “addiction” to pornography, and why are so many men caught up in it? A neuropsychological model which examines several underlying issues related to pornography use and what has been called the “male brain” will be presented.

Sponsored by the psychology department

12:30pm Spoelhof Center 203
November 12

"Sexual Purity - Be Real!" - Read a review
How can we take Jesus' call to sexual holiness seriously in a culture where kids as young as middle school are hooking up for oral sex? Pastors Joy Bonnema and Aaron Winkle share their thoughts on sexual purity - what it is and isn't, and why it's important for our relational wholeness both now and in the future. Bring your questions!

Joy Bonnema, former Calvin biology prof, is Pastor of Congregational Life at Madison Square Church.
Aaron Winkle is Calvin's Associate Chaplain for Upperclass Students.

7pm
Chapel

December 2009

WHEN WHO WHERE

Thursday, December 3

Exploring life Choices - A Women's Discussion Panel

Daunted by the options that face you regarding career, education, service, marriage and family? Women of all ages wrestle with these choices and how they shape our lives. You are invited to engage with a panel of women whose lives have followed different paths, whether by choice or circumstance. Come hear their stories, ask hard questions, and explore your own hopes and possibilities for the future.

3:00 pm
Alumni Board Room
Thursday, December 3

"Miss HIV" documentary film about the clash of ideologies in the fight against AIDS - the liberal human-rights approach that sees sex as an inalienable right for everyone, vs. a Christian approach that was highly successful in Uganda that promotes abstinence and faithfulness, plus the use of condoms. Some of the people interviewed and followed through the film are young African women who are taking part in a beauty pageant to decrease the stigma associated with being HIV positive (hence the title). Other footage is from interviews with various experts/activists, and clips from speeches given at an international AIDS conference in the west in 2006. This is a compelling movie that raises important issues of freedom and responsibility regarding sexual activity.

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7:00 pm in the Bytwerk Theater

January 2010

WHEN WHO WHERE

January 25

Multiple Masculinities and Male Bodies: Cultural Images of Male Beauty- Students from the interim class Male Bodies will present on male body image(s) in contemporary western culture. How are things changing for men, and why?

Cosponsored by Gender Studies.

7:00 pm
Commons Lecture Hall

February 2010

WHEN WHO WHERE
Thursdays, Starting February 4 for 10 weeks

"Half the Sky" book discussion group.

A student-led group is meeting to read and discuss "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." The book deals with major abuses suffered by women in many countries: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; and maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute. Real stories, and yet hope for a better future. Check it out at www.halftheskymovement.org/

Questions? contact Addie aje22@students.calvin.edu

Prayer room of Beets Veenstra

9:00pm
February - March

Men's Group: What does it mean to be a man in today's culture?
6 weeks of free food and honest talk, looking at the ways we have been shaped by our families, our faith, our culture, and the media, and the ideas we get from them about being men.

Wednesdays 12:30 - 1:30pm Faculty Meeting Room
Starts Feb 10
Led by Associate Chaplain Aaron Winkle asw3@calvin.edu.

 
Thursday February 18

"Single: A Documentary Film" Part 1.

There are 100 million unmarried adults in America and for the first time ever, the majority of US households are headed by an unmarried person. With the complex demands of modern life, finding and maintaining a lasting relationship has become more challenging than ever before:

* Changes in the latter part of the 20th century have resulted in many more life choices for both men and women.
* We live in a youth obsessed, instant gratification, attention deficit culture.
* Expectations of finding the “perfect” partner and maintaining the “perfect” relationship have never been higher.

"Single" features a cast of entertaining and thought-provoking experts (in sociology, demographics, family studies, political science, psychiatry), comedians and 'regular' people discussing the complexities of relationships in today's world.

There'll be a short discussion following the film.

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7pm, Bytwerk Theater

Thursday February 25

"Single: A Documentary Film" Part 2.

There are 100 million unmarried adults in America and for the first time ever, the majority of US households are headed by an unmarried person. With the complex demands of modern life, finding and maintaining a lasting relationship has become more challenging than ever before:

* Changes in the latter part of the 20th century have resulted in many more life choices for both men and women.
* We live in a youth obsessed, instant gratification, attention deficit culture.
* Expectations of finding the “perfect” partner and maintaining the “perfect” relationship have never been higher.

"Single" features a cast of entertaining and thought-provoking experts (in sociology, demographics, family studies, political science, psychiatry), comedians and 'regular' people discussing the complexities of relationships in today's world.

There'll be a short discussion following the film.

Read a review »

7pm, Bytwerk Theater

March 2010

WHEN WHO WHERE
March 6 and March 13

The Broene Counseling Center is again offering a premarital workshop to any Calvin student(s) who are planning to get married within a year or so. The workshop consists of two consecutive Saturday mornings, March 6 and March 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be led by Randy Wolthuis, Ph.D. The workshop will address such topics as family of origin, nurturing a
relationship, communication, money, conflict management, and much more. Couples will also have a chance to take a premarital inventory and, at a later date, meet with a Broene counselor to review the inventory results. This is a great thing! The cost is a mere $35 per couple. To sign up or ask questions, please call us at 526-6123 or 66123 on campus.

 
March 11 “The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates over Sex, Violence and Science” lecture by Prof. Martha McCaughey

Sponsored by Gender Studies
3:30pm
Meeter Center lecture hall
March 16

"Gender, Culture, and Physicality: Paradoxes and Taboos" lecture by Prof. Helen Sterk and Annelies Knoppers on their new book. Grappling with gender-based paradoxes and questioning gendered taboos, two goals animate Gender, Culture, and Physicality: to reveal how gender continues to be enacted in ways that dehumanize women and men, and to stimulate thinking and action toward a fuller realization of human potential and partnership. Operating from an ethic of care, in which all people are understood as being created equal, Helen M. Sterk and Annelies Knoppers argue that as long as women and all that is associated with them are devalued, cultural practices will remain implicitly gendered and humanity itself, reduced.

3:30pm
Meeter Center lecture hall

March 17

For Women Only: a discussion on marriage, race, purity and societal pressures

Women of Calvin are welcome to join in a discussion of the various ways in which marriage is presented, celebrated and perhaps pressured within Calvin. Led by the Multicultural Student Advisory Board, the conversation looks to see how these ideas are related and interpreted within the diversity of Calvin and our society. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Naranjo-Huebl, Professor Goi and Elicia Arai. Come prepared to share
thoughts,experiences and ideas.

Sponsored by Multicultural Student Advisory Board.

7-8pm Science Building 110
March 18

"Living Single for the Lord"

Ever wondered why scripture calls celibacy a spiritual gift? Does anyone today embrace that gift, and why? And what does Christian community have to do with sexual faithfulness? Nico Angleys, Dan Keating, Stan Mathay, John Hughes and Sherry Snyder (of Servants of the Word/Sword of the Spirit communities) will explore radical discipleship, counter-cultural sexuality, and their calling to be single for the Lord.

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7:00pm
Commons Lecture Hall
March 29

"Come to the Table: a Theologian Looks at Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party.'"
Lecture by Dr. Christiana de Groot, professor of religion, Calvin College.

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by gender studies, co-sponsored by the religion and communication arts & sciences departments.

3:30 pm Commons Lecture Hall

March 31

“Half the Sky”

Discussion forum with a panel of faculty and students,on the book “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Sponsored by Gender Studies

7:00pm Commons lecture hall

April 2010

WHEN WHO WHERE
April 5

"Is this the New Girl Order? Representations of Post-Feminist Identities in Sex and the City."
Lecture by Dr. Allyson Jule, associate professor of education and co-director of the Gender Studies Institute, Trinity Western University, Canada.

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by gender studies, co-sponsored by the Teaching Fellows, Committee on Gender Equity, and the Office of the Provost.

7 pm Meeter Center Lecture Hall
April 14

"Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campuses"
Donna Freitas, religion professor at Boston University, will speak about her research into the relationship between spiritual formation and sexual practice at three types of college campus: secular, Catholic and evangelical.

"For my money her most significant conclusion is that in the main it is only evangelical students who ponder the connections between sexuality and spirituality. Students who identify as Catholic, mainline Protestant, 'spiritual but not religious,' or any other religious persuasion tend not to connect their spiritual or religious commitments to their sexual choices." (Lauren Winner)

Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church Ministry Center

3190 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(just across Burton from Calvin's main entrance)

April 16

Step One informational meeting

The guys in the Step One program would like to invite other guys to an informational meeting to learn what the Step One program is all about. Learn what it takes to live porn free. Pizza will be provided! Any questions contact Dan at dv23@clavin.edu

Sponsored by the Broene Counseling Center.

3:30 p.m., Hiemenga Hall 314
April 22

Knowledge is Power: Discussions on Defining Sexual Assault

The panel discussion will cover definitions of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape as well as State/legal procedures and Calvin policy and procedures. Panelists will include representatives from Student Life, Residence Life, Judicial Affairs, Campus Safety and the Broene Counseling Center.

Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention Team.

7 p.m., Hoogeboom Center (Fieldhouse) 280