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October 2020

Dr. Kathy Bullock et al

October 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Kathy Bullock et al

The Women’s Suffrage Movement Through Powerful Songs and Stories Song leaders Dr. Kathy Bullock, Becky Graber, Peggo Horstmann Hodes, and Jane Lowey invite us to join them as they recount the complex, rich, and diverse history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement through powerful songs and compelling stories. This program not only commemorates the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which was ratified 100 years ago, but also shows the many challenges women faced along the way and, more importantly, highlights…

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Women of Appalachia

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Women Speak The Women of Appalachia Project has, for the past 10 years, been empowering female Appalachian writers and spoken word artists of all levels. In their uncompromising mix of socio-political perspectives, the artists take stereotypes and ill-conceived impressions head on: they layer them in language, speak them, print them, and frame them behind glass. Rowdy, raw, and honest, their work makes no apologies. Moderator Dr. Chris Green, Director, Appalachian Center and Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies

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November 2020

Sheila Arnold

November 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

“What Freedom Means”: Oney Judge, Personal Maidservant to Martha Washington Sheila Arnold, historic character presenter, shares the life of Oney Judge as Martha Washington’s maidservant from age 10 until the end of George Washington’s second term of his presidency and into her new adventure of freedom.  Arnold’s work as a George Washington’s Mount Vernon Research Fellow has increased her knowledge about the complicated intimacy of Oney and Martha, and enhanced Arnold’s understanding of other enslaved persons connected to Oney. Moderator Kristina…

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Julio Salgado

November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

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 takes a look behind the pieces he has created in the past decade. Moderator Dr. Gwen Ferreti, Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies

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January 2021

Keep Moving Toward Justice

January 18 @ 7:00 pm
Keep Moving Toward Justice Flyer

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, performed by The Folk Roots Ensemble. We will see the premiere of two short-form theater pieces--“Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor” and “Empty Chairs” written and…

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February 2021

Sankofa: Learning from the Past to Build for the Future

February 18 @ 7:00 pm

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 University, will discuss various leaders and explore various forms of resistance from the past as they relate to the current struggle of African-Americans.

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The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness

February 25 @ 7:00 pm

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 no us and them, only us. Homeboy seeks to be what the world is invited to become. Kinship cannot happen without tenderness. Sponsored by the…

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March 2021

Mozart & Beethoven Sonatas

March 11 @ 7:00 pm

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 esteemed conductors worldwide, such as Sir Roger Norrington, Karen Durgaryan, and Christopher Hogwood, among others. Ms. Dego is accompanied on the piano by Francesca Leornadi,…

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

March 18 @ 7:00 pm
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 sharp increase in children struggling with hunger in rural communities. Tamara is responsible for helping lead the global nonprofit’s emerging work to ensure children across…

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April 2021

The Point of Arrival

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
The Point of Arrival with Carrie Newcomer

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 folk and folk-rock. Tonight’s concert features Carrie Newcomer, lead vocals and acoustic guitar; Gary Walters, piano; and Allie Summers, violin.Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording…

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