Julio Salgado

Undocumented and Queer: Challenging Legalities of Immigration and Queerness Through Art Visual artist Julio Salgado is a queer artist of color whose work explores themes of immigration and queerness. As an undocumented and queer artist living in times of crisis, he uses his art to deal with anti-immigrant narratives. His lecture is a journey that […]

Keep Moving Toward Justice

This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will feature welcomes from Mayor Fraley, and Chief Scott from the City of Berea as well as President Roelofs of Berea College. We will hear musical performances from the Black Music Ensemble, the Blue Grass Ensemble, and an original piece “I Won't Be Quiet” by Abigail Sell, […]

Sankofa: Learning from the Past to Build for the Future

Dr. Ta’Keia Anthony Moderator: Kristina Gamble, Director, Black Cultural Center We have come this far by faith; but faith without work is dead. Africans and their descendants in the United States have been fighting for freedoms, rights, equality, and equity since their arrival on the shores. Dr. Anthony, Associate Professor of History at Kentucky State […]

The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness

Father Gregory Boyle Moderator: Rev. Dr. Loretta Reynolds, Dean of Chapel Father Greg will share what he has learned in three decades working with marginalized populations at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif.—that love is the answer, community is the context, and tenderness is the connective tissue. Tenderness reflects the foundational notion that there are […]

Mozart & Beethoven Sonatas

Francesca Dego Introduction: Dr. Thomas Ahrens, Director of Convocations Celebrated for her sonorous tone, compelling interpretations, and flawless technique, Italian violinist Francesca Dego is one of the most sought after young musicians. She plays on a precious Francesco Ruggeri violin built in 1697. Her international career has allowed Dego to perform classical repertoire alongside many […]

Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Exploring Causes and Solutions


Tamara Sandberg Moderator: Katey McElrath ’17, Data and Food Coordinator, Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, University of Pennsylvania Tamara Sandberg serves as Save the Children’s U.S. Food Security and Nutrition Advisor. Committed to meeting the most urgent needs of children during the COVID-19 pandemic, Save the Children established Sandberg’s position in 2020 after seeing first-hand the […]

The Point of Arrival


Carrie Newcomer Introduction: Dr. Thomas Ahrens, Director of Convocations Known for emotionally intimate songs that explore the personal, political, and spiritual with compassion, insight, and wit, American singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer has become a mainstay on the contemporary folk scene. With her warm yet assertive voice guiding her songs, she has embraced stylistic elements of acoustic […]

Navigating Life and Sport as a Black Muslim Woman


Ibtihaj Muhammad Moderator: Dr. Shadee Malaklou, Asst. Professor & Chair, Women's and Gender Studies Join us for a conversation with 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American woman to compete in hijab. As a sports ambassador for the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative and named one of […]

Reporting on Appalachian Kentucky


Bill Estep Moderator: Dr. Chris Green, Director, Appalachian Center & Assoc. Professor of Appalachian Studies Bill Estep has reported on Appalachian Kentucky since 1985 for the Lexington Herald-Leader. While the coal industry has withered and substance abuse worsened, the region has also improved its schools and stepped up efforts to diversify and rebuild the economy. […]

The Link Between Happiness and Creativity


Margaret Renkl Moderator: Silas House Our ancestors didn’t think of creativity as a side gig. A quilt was meant to keep a family warm. It was meant to give a new practical use to the unworn bits of worn-out clothes. But our family quilts were never simply warm and never simply practical. They were beautiful, […]