Prof. Mark Godsey

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

Blind Injustice: Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice Reform in America University of Cincinnati law professor Godsey is the co-founder and director of the Ohio Innocence Project, which to date has freed from prison 28 wrongfully convicted Ohioans who served 525 years for crimes they didn’t commit, including time on death row. Accompanied by one of […]

Stephen Burks and Glenn Adamson

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

Berea Craft: A Renewable Resource Internationally acclaimed visiting designer Stephen Burks and historian Glenn Adamson will survey Berea’s rich tradition of craft making. As they look toward the future, they argue that craft serves as a suitable vehicle for both identity and instruction. Together with Aaron Beale, director of Student Crafts, the speakers will discuss […]

Rev. Dr. Angela Cowser

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

Misogyny as Represented in the Gerasene Demoniac: Woman-Hating as Global Legion and Plague Misogyny, or woman-hating, in its many forms ultimately leads to terror, hate, and destruction of the female and femaleness. Dr. Cowser, Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Doctor of Ministry Programs at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will explore what the story […]

Billy Edd Wheeler and Friends

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

Memories through Songs As a kick-off for the 2019 Celebration of Traditional Music weekend, Appalachian musicians Billy Edd Wheeler and Doug Orr, as well as the Whitewater Bluegrass Company and others, will perform favorite pieces and share their stories in an unforgettable gathering on the Phelps Stokes stage.

Dr. Varun Soni

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

The Spiritual and the Scholarly College is popularly imagined as a place where students not only learn about the world but also about themselves. The self-discovery process may, however, be fraught with stress and anxiety. How can students reconcile the shadow and light of their college experience while bringing together the spiritual and the scholarly? […]

Dr. Janet Zadina

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

How Your Brain Learns Best: Do What Works! Neuroscientist and educator Dr. Zadina invites her audience members to see for themselves how the brain actually learns. She will discuss the single most important factor involved in learning and the difference between thinking and “real” learning, in the process, taking a look at the brain while […]

Cornbread and Tortillas

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

This lively bilingual theatrical performance combines music, dance and stories from throughout the Americas with the central themes of family, identity, work, love, and art. The many stories told through song and dance emphasize our common humanity and suggest that it’s possible to build cultural bridges amid the ever-changing demographics of our nation.

Prof. Shauna Shames

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

Changing of the Guard? Millennials and U.S. Politics Rutgers University political science professor Shames will discuss her recent book, Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why it Matters. She addresses the reasons young people often avoid participating in the political process and avoid running for office. She argues that the costs […]

Nigel North

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

J.S. Bach Concert for Lute British musician Nigel North has been acknowledged by critics in the U.S. and around the world as the foremost interpreter of J.S. Bach on the lute. A master on this technically demanding, “ancient” instrument, North has dazzled audiences everywhere with his subtle and intriguing interpretations of classical repertoire.

Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette

Phelps Stokes 212 Chestnut St., Berea, KY

In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma Dr. Lafayette will share his experience as a Baptist minister, civil rights leader, peace and social justice advocate, and educator. A member and co-founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Dr. Lafayette, a trusted colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., participated in the most significant civil […]