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212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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September 2019

Stephen Burks and Glenn Adamson

September 26 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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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 a new collaboration between Burks and the college that focuses on material intelligence and conscious inclusivity. They will demonstrate that well-made things can sustain the…

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October 2019

Rev. Dr. Angela Cowser

October 3 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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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 of the Gerasene demoniac can teach us about misogyny, the moral, mental, and emotional health of men, and healing. Sponsored by the Willis D. Weatherford,…

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Billy Edd Wheeler and Friends

October 10 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Billy Edd Wheeler

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.

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Dr. Varun Soni

October 17 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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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. Soni, Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, will explore how to cultivate emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, meaning, purpose, and a…

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Dr. Janet Zadina

October 24 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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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 engaged in learning. Through humor, she will help audience members identify strategies to maximize learning and see how to learn more in less time.

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Cornbread and Tortillas

October 31 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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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.

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November 2019

Prof. Shauna Shames

November 7 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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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 of running for political office appear to be high, at the same time the rewards seem low. She will explore a new trend that has…

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Nigel North

November 14 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Nigel North

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.

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January 2020

Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette

January 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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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 rights campaigns of the 1960s. Co-sponsored with the Black Cultural Center, Carter G. Woodson Center, African and African-American Studies, CCC, and President’s Office.

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Prof. Edward Ayers

January 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South, 1790-2020 University of Richmond historian and former president, Dr. Ayers, will discuss how the South has been a place of constant movement, from the arrival of the first white settlers and the influx of scores of people of color through massive slave trading, to the Great Migrations of the early-to-mid 20th century and recent immigration. Appalachia has played an important, and unusual, role in that drama, and Ayers will explore the history…

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February 2020

De’Juana Thompson ’05

February 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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The Power of Personal Story: Berea and Black Girl Magic The power of Berea’s story-telling and community-building curriculum is what sparked Ms. Thompson’s unlikely story. She will explore her own unorthodox path as well as that of Carter G. Woodson and Barack Obama. Thompson, a 2005 Berea graduate, will share how a GSTR 101 Berea Stories class laid the foundation which allowed her not only to help elect and serve the first black U.S. president but to subsequently serve as…

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Corey Harris Band

February 13, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Corey Harris Band

Acoustic Delta Blues Corey Harris is leading a revival of Country Blues with a fresh and modern appeal. A powerful and compelling singer and an accomplished guitarist, his musical artistry is complemented by reflective explorations of the historical and cultural circumstances that gave rise to the blues. Over the years, he has performed, recorded and toured with many blues legends such as B.B. King and Taj Mahal.

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Father Gregory Boyle

February 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Urvashi Vaid

February 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Pawns in Their Game: Sexuality, Gender, & Race in American Politics Ms. Vaid is a long-time lesbian organizer, writer, and CEO of a social innovation firm that advances equity, justice, and inclusion. In her talk she addresses the context within which social movements like the LGBTQ movement operate, and the forces they face. She will share practical insights and offer strategic direction for advocates looking ahead. Co-sponsored with Women’s and Gender Studies.

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March 2020

Carrie Newcomer with Gary Walters

March 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Carrie Newcomer

The Point of Arrival 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.

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Desmond Meade

March 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Putting in the Work: A Journey of Second Chances Desmond Meade will share his journey from homelessness to leadership of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. He will address felony disenfranchisement and the reshaping of criminal justice policies, including the largest expansion of voting rights in the U.S. in half a century. Both inspirational and aspirational, Meade will highlight the significance of giving back, human connections, and the power of love. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service…

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Dr. James Hansen

March 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Shape Your Future: Energy, Climate Change and Human Rights Dr. Hansen, climate activist and leading climate scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, will address how the next few years are critical for halting the global march toward catastrophic climate change. He contends that the future is in the hands of today’s young people, who must not only understand the science behind climate change, but also demand action from political leaders to dramatically change course.

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April 2020

Fubuki Daiko

April 2, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Fubuki Daiko

Japanese Drumming In ancient Japan, Taiko drums were used to frighten invaders, inspire troops in battle, and call the gods. The core members of this spirited group have more than 25 years of Japanese Taiko drumming experience that is part martial arts athleticism, part dance, and all rhythm.

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Women of Appalachia

April 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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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. Co-sponsored with Loyal Jones Appalachian Center.

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