Berea College Hosts the Annual Celebration of Christmas

Musical ensemble members and directors standing in front of audience at the Christmas concert, 2016.

Musical ensemble members and directors standing in front of audience at the Christmas concert, 2016.

Berea College’s Music Department and The Willis D. Weatherford, Jr. Campus Christian Center (CCC) will present “A Celebration of Christmas,” the annual Christmas concert, on Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3 at Union Church.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on both nights. (more…)

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Tags: Black Music Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble, Campus Christian Center, Concert Choir, Folk-Roots Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Mariachi Berea

Berea College, Berea Food Bank Teaming Up to Help Address Food Insecurity

Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), along with Berea College Alumni Relations and the Berea Food Bank, are teaming up to host a community event to help address food insecurity issues in the community.

CELTS logo


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Berea College Names 10th President

The Berea College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Cheryl L. Nixon as the 10th president of Berea College.

Berea College President-Elect Dr. Cheryl L. Nixon

Dr. Cheryl L. Nixon has been chosen as the 10th President of Berea College.


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Berea College Archaeology and the Forestry Outreach Center to Host Day-Long Celebration of the History of the Berea College Forest

The Berea College Archaeology Program and the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center will host a day of activities Nov. 12 celebrating the history of the Berea College Forest. Events will take place in and around the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center.


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Berea College Hutchins Library Offers Public Look at the Saint John’s Bible

BEREA, Ky. – The Berea College Hutchins Library’s Special Collections and Archives and the Campus Christian Center are offering the public an opportunity to take a close look at the College’s Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible during Monday afternoon tours through Dec. 12.

Set 111 of the Heritage Edition Saint John’s Bible became a permanent addition to Berea College’s extensive collection of religious texts in 2016.

“This large, seven-volume work is impressive in every way. The book covers are hand-tooled leather with differing designs embossed

St. John's Bible

One volume of the Saint John’s Bible will is on display daily on the main floor of Hutchins Library.

in each. Within, the scriptures are beautifully handwritten and profusely illuminated,” said Tim Binkley, head of Special Collections and Archives. “This powerful publication is meant to be viewed—not just stored on a shelf. One volume is always on display in the Hutchins Library foyer. On Mondays, we bring the other six volumes into the reading room for visitors to view, turn pages and reflect on the timeless texts and images.”

According to the library’s St. John’s Bible page (, in the early 1990s, the community of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, asked Donald Jackson—renowned calligrapher and official scribe to Queen Elizabeth II—to oversee the crafting of the first completely handwritten, fully illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 500 years. Jackson, who had envisioned creating such a Bible at the age of 13, assembled an international team of six calligraphers and 31 artists and coordinated their work through a university committee of art historians, medievalists, artists, scholars and theologians.

The Saint John’s Bible took 11 years to complete (2000-2011). As work proceeded, it became apparent that The St. John’s Bible would need to have a presence far beyond Minnesota. As a result, a full-scale art print Heritage Edition was created with a print run of only 299.  The Heritage Editions are printed on 100 percent cotton paper produced in New Hampshire and include all texts and illuminations. The 1,165 pages are hand-stitched and bound in seven volumes, each measuring 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide when open.

“We love to have students and visitors spend time actually paging through these beautiful books,” Binkley said. “Often, our guests find passages or illuminations that really move them. It’s a time to explore, to reflect and put a lot of life together. The tour is not a lecture—it’s an inductive experience and a good opportunity to show one of the great treasures on our campus.”

St. John’s Bible tours take place from 2-3 p.m. every Monday through Dec. 12. Masks are encouraged. Pre-registration is required at least two hours in advance. To register for this experience, visit

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Tags: Hutchins Library, Special Collections and Archives, St. John's Bible

Berea College Forestry Outreach Teaming with Berea Tourism to Host Berea Tree Week

BEREA, Ky. – Berea College Forestry Outreach and Berea Tourism will host a tree-planting ceremony to kick off Berea Tree Week, taking place Oct. 8-16 at various locations across Berea.

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49th Annual Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music Performances Kick Off with Stephenson Memorial Concert by Jerron Paxton

Multi-instrumental musical wizard Jerron Paxton will present a Stephenson Memorial Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, as part of the 49th Annual Berea

Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton will present a Stephenson Memorial Concert on Thursday, Oct. 13.

College Celebration of Traditional Music (CTM). (more…)

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Tags: Celebration of Traditional Music, Convocation, Stephenson Memorial Concert

Berea College Library Offering Historical Look at the Art of Quilting

Just in time for cooler weather, Berea College’s Hutchins Library is offering the public an opportunity to learn more about the art of quilting during their “Friday Finds” tours.

Friday Finds quilts

Friday Finds offers a look at numerous quilts, including The Cockscomb No. 9.


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Tags: Hutchins Library, Special Collections and Archives

Berea College Planetarium Hosting ‘International Observe the Moon Night’ Event

The Berea College Planetarium will host an event Saturday in observance of International Observe the Moon Night.

The event, which is free to the public, will be from 7-8:30 p.m., weather permitting. The planetarium is located on the top floor of the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, 271 North Main Street, Berea.

“International Observe the Moon Night is a great way to learn more about lunar science and exploration,” said Dr. Tracy Hodge, associate professor at Berea College. “We are happy to be able to invite the public back to the Planetarium post-Covid.”

Information on International Observe the Moon Night can be found on NASA’s website.

The Planetarium provides a high-quality educational and entertainment experience that inspires curiosity and wonder about the natural word. Previously, located in the old Hall Science Building, the fully digital Planetarium opened in Berea College’s new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building in October 2018.

In addition to Saturday’s special event, the Planetarium offers regular shows weekly. Friday shows are from 7-7:45 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Sunday shows are from 4-4:45 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. All shows are open to the public, with masks and vaccinations required. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

Upcoming Planetarium shows include:

  • Sept. 30, Oct. 2 – Oasis in Space
  • Oct. 14, 16 – Incoming!
  • Oct. 21, 23 – Europe to the Stars
  • Oct. 28, 30 – Life: A Cosmic Story

The Planetarium is also teaming up with Berea College’s Forestry Outreach Center to host four Star Parties at the Pinnacles in the Berea College Forest. Astronomy students will discuss Native American sky stories and point out constellations in the autumn sky during these events, which will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9 and Nov. 12. These events are held weather permitting and are free and open to the public.

The Planetarium is also available for rent for private showings and special events.

For more information about events or private showings, call the Planetarium at 859-985-3301.


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Berea College hosting Inaugural bell hooks day

In remembrance of the late bell hooks, iconic feminist scholar and former Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies, Berea College will host the inaugural bell hooks day on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

bell hooks presenting papers to Berea College in 2015

bell hooks speaking during the formal presentation of her papers to Berea College on April 10, 2017.
(Photo: Bethany Posey ’18)

In honor of hooks’ 70th birthday, which would have been this year, the bell hooks center will celebrate her life, love and legacy. Several events will be held on campus as part of the celebration.

bell hooks day will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on bell hooks way on Berea’s campus at 10:30 a.m. Previously named Campus Drive, bell hooks way is located off Main Street and runs between the Berea College Farm Store and the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health building.

The ceremony will also include remarks from the Dr. M. Shadee Malaklou, director of the bell hooks center; Associate Provost Dr. Eileen McKiernan-Gonzalez and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dr. Dwayne Mack.

“bell hooks day is an opportunity to honor and further her dissident feminist interventions, both in the material we choose to teach and in the activities in which we choose to participate,” said Dr. Malaklou. “For our teaching to be transgressive, as hooks insisted that it must, we must translate what we have learned at institutions of higher education into jargon-free language that students can at once grasp and apply to their daily lives. The personal is politics, as feminists implore.”

Born Gloria Jean Watkins on Sept. 25, 1952, hooks grew up in the segregated town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Her upbringing urged her to challenge topics such as racism and patriarchal norms. She adopted the name bell hooks to honor her great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks, but she used all lowercase letters to focus on the importance of her writings, not her name.

As a 19-year-old undergraduate at Stanford University, hooks wrote her first book, “Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism.” Upon graduation, she continued authoring several books and began gaining a reputation as a public intellectual. She taught at institutions such as Stanford, Yale and The City College of New York before becoming a professor in residence at Berea College in 2004. Upon her arrival, she drew particularly close to our fifth, sixth, and eighth Great Commitments about interracial education, gender equality, and service to Appalachia, respectively. The bell hooks institute was established at Berea College in 2014, and in honor of hooks’ legacy, the bell hooks center opened in fall 2021.

In her lifetime, hooks wrote more than 30 books and articles articulating the need for feminism and societal change. She often invited prominent scholars and activists to Berea’s campus like Cornel West and Gloria Marie Steinem. She has been celebrated for her work in countless outlets, including Time magazine, which named her one of its “100 Women of the Year” in 2020. In the last few years before her death in December 2021, hooks bemoaned the absence of feminism in today’s society.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the bell hooks center will host hooks’ colleague and friend Monica Casper for a Gender Talk discussing hooks’ ideas about reproductive freedom. The Gender Talk will be held in the Alumni Building’s Activities Room.

From 1-3 p.m., Berea College students and community members are invited to the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Educational and the Black Cultural Center for activities including flower crown-making and graffiti-making. Student Life will sponsor a DJ, kettle corn, caricaturist and more. The day will conclude with a faculty workshop on public scholarship: “How to talk to ‘the public’ when ‘the public’ talks back?” The hour-long workshop will take place at 4 p.m. in the bell hooks center located in Room 106 of Draper Building.

All events are open to the public, and masks are required.

For more information on the bell hooks center, visit

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Dr. Kathy Bullock and Friends Uncovering the Songs of Slavery and Emancipation

Dr. Kathy Bullock and Friends will perform the “Songs of Slavery and Emancipation,” a powerful collection of songs originally written and sung by abolitionists and enslaved people in hopes of freedom on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. in Berea College’s Phelps Stokes Chapel. The performance is part of the Stephenson Concert Series. Dr. Bullock, the former chairperson of the College’s Music Department, is one of three music directors on the project.


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Tags: Convocation, Music Department, Stephenson Memorial Concert

Berea College Named No. 5 Liberal Arts College, No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck in the South in Washington Monthly’s 2022 College Guide

BEREA, Ky. – “Washington Monthly” ranks Berea College as the No. 5 liberal arts college in the nation in its 2022 College Guide and Rankings, up eight spots from the 2021 rankings. Additionally, the College retained its ranking as the No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck College in the South in this year’s guide – making it five out of the last six years that Berea landed the top spot for affordability. (more…)

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Grow Appalachia Partners with National Recreation and Parks Association, WalMart Foundation to Support community Wellness Hubs in Berea, Whitesburg

The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the nation’s leading advocate for parks and recreation, is partnering with the Walmart Foundation to establish a program that increases the ability of local parks and recreation agencies to serve as Community Wellness Hubs.


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Blues Artist Brian Owens Bringing R&B, Soul to Berea College Campus This Week

Brian OwensBrian Owens will perform “Soul,” a display of authentic rhythm-and-blues and soul at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel on the Berea College campus.


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Berea College Giving Day is Thursday, Sept. 1

Berea College’s annual Giving Day is Thursday, Sept. 1. Giving Day generates support for Berea’s students with contributions coming from donors locally, regionally and nationally.


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Berea College Ranks No. 4 on List of Kentucky Colleges with Best Praxis Elementary Education Pass Rates

Berea College has ranked (tied for) No. 4 on the list of colleges with the Best Praxis Elementary Education Pass Rates in Kentucky.


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Tags: education, Education Major, Education Studies Department

Berea College’s Justin Skeens Wins Three Emmys

Berea College Director of Digital Storytelling Justin Skeens won three Emmy Awards during last week’s 58th Annual Ohio Valley Regional ceremony in Columbus, Ohio.


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Berea College Junior Nathaniel Fish Selected as 2022 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow

Berea College junior Nathaniel Fish has been selected to participate in Campus Compact’s 2022 Newman Civic Fellowship. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are change makers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions.


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Lexington Gallery to Feature Works by Berea College Student Craft Program Staff, Apprentices

A gallery show featuring 40 individual pieces by 14 Berea College Student Craft Program staff and apprentice contributors will be featured throughout July at The Parachute Factory in Lexington. (more…)

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Tags: apprenti, Crafts, student crafts, Woodcraft

Berea College Professor Silas House Awarded Duggins Prize, Largest Given to an LGBTQ Writer in the United States

Silas House

Silas House

New York Times bestselling writer and Berea College professor Silas House has been awarded a Duggins Prize for Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist, the largest prize given to an LGBTQ writer in the United States. The award is given annually by Lambda Literary to two novelists.

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Berea College Board of Trustees Elects New Member

The Berea College Board of Trustees elected Brenda Williams Guy Lane as a board member for a six-year term. (more…)

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Berea College Launches $10 Million Campaign to Build Two Future-Focused Tech Buildings

Berea College today announced the launch of a capital campaign to construct two future-focused buildings that, when complete, will harness the power of computer science, digital media and information technology, and applied engineering and design (including sculpture and ceramics) to prepare the next generation of technology thinkers, makers and innovators. (more…)

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Tags: Engineering Technologies and Applied Design Department, information technology, tech campaign, technology