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212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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September 2018

Vien Truong

September 6, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Leadership Towards a Just and Equitable Future Policy expert and strategist Truong, CEO of the social justice organization Dream Corps, addresses intensifying climate catastrophes and increased global wealth inequalities. Truong advocates for lifting people out of poverty while creating an equitable, green economy, stressing the importance of considering race, class, and income inequality whenever addressing environmental health and sustainability issues.

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Villalobos Brothers

September 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Villalobos Brothers

Mexican Folk Meets Jazz and Classical Music The Villalobos Brothers use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. Their original compositions masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk music to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood and social justice.

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Prof. Michael Klarman

September 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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The Framers' Coup: The Making of the U.S. Constitution Harvard law professor Klarman will discuss his recent book, The Framers’ Coup, the first comprehensive account of the background, drafting, and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Klarman addresses how the Framers managed to write a nationalist and democracy-constraining constitution, and how they convinced ordinary Americans to approve such a constitution.

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Dr. Diane White-Clayton

September 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Jesus, the Ultimate Rebel with a Cause When asked to describe Jesus, few choose the word rebellious. Often depicted as frail and tender-hearted, the defiant, the trouble-maker Jesus who never allowed rules to dictate His path, is overlooked. In the story of Berea College, whose rebellious beginnings directly defied the times’ societal norms, chapters remain to be written of new rebels who, through faith and determination, will change the world.

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October 2018

Omer Quartet

October 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Omer Quartet

Invigorating Classical Music Distinctive among today’s young string quartets, the Omer Quartet has performed classical repertoire, from Beethoven to Schumann, with renowned artists around the world, winning prestigious music prizes in Italy, Norway, and France.

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Dr. Frances Jensen

October 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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The Unique Strengths and Vulnerabilities of the Teenage and Young Adult Brain Dr. Jensen, M.D., University of Pennsylvania Professor and author of The Teenage Brain uses recent research findings to highlight the period of adolescence and young adulthood as a unique brain stage. As a neurologist, neuroscientist and recent parent of teenagers, Dr. Jensen will discuss how neuroscience can explain many of the challenges teens and young adults face, as well as opportunities present during this developmental window.

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Kiesa Kay

October 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone In Kay’s historical play, Rebecca, the main character, a trail-blazing midwife, shares her memories from 1811. Rebecca didn’t have a home to keep, but her adventures with her husband, legendary American frontiersman Daniel Boone, made up for what was missing. Old time fiddler Bruce Greene will perform tunes from the area crossed by the Boones.

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November 2018

Dr. Gail Stern

November 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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The Canary in the Coal Mine This presentation takes a critical look at identifying and interrupting the ways culture and the media sanction sexual violence. Created and presented by Dr. Stern, the presentation includes research from both civilian and military environments and considers the steps necessary to meaningfully address the impact of rape culture on our communities.

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Jason Nez

November 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Conflict at the Confluence: Native American Cultural Values and Co-Operation in a Time of Resource Development Diné archaeologist Nez discusses conflicts around development projects and their impact on managing native lands outside current Native American jurisdictions. Recently, Native American land users and other groups joined forces to defeat the proposed development of a tramway into the Grand Canyon from the Arizona Navajo reservation that would have desecrated a place held sacred by many tribes.

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Farah Siraj

November 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Farah Siraj

World Peace Music Named Jordan’s Musical Ambassadress, virtuoso Farah Siraj performs original compositions, fusing influences of Middle Eastern music, flamenco, jazz, Bossa nova and pop with lyrics in Arabic, Spanish and English. A humanitarian, she has toured many countries, spreading a message of peace through her music.

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January 2019

Zeb Harrison & The Sounds of Praise

January 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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What Real Horns Are Made Of!!! This brass ensemble features a big band sound that moves between New Orleans style music and contemporary gospel with a splash of jazz. While not a Mardi Gras band, the ensemble uses the same instruments—trombones, sousaphones, and euphoniums. The addition of drums and keyboards creates their signature sound.

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Flamenco Louisville

January 31, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Flamenco Louisville performing

Flamenco: The Art of Spanish Dance The musicians and dancers of Flamenco Louisville, the oldest flamenco organization in the area, are Spanish-trained to bring you the most authentic flamenco in the puro tradition. Inclusive and community-oriented, Flamenco Louisville is dedicated to the life of their art form, and to having the arts as part of our lives. Flamenco, a participatory form of dance, grew organically out of folk dances and music in the Andalusian region of southern Spain and was first…

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February 2019

Rev. Derek Terry

February 7, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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True to our God, True to our Native Land Rev. Terry, an activist, writer, renowned lecturer, and pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Cincinnati explores how Christianity has been used to support white supremacy. He also addresses how Christianity can serve to liberate oppressed populations and encourages his audience to learn from Black liberation theology.

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Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band

February 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band

Standing on Faith Following in the footsteps of Clifton Chenier, “King of Zydeco,” Texas-born Ledet was heavily influenced by southwest Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun culture and music. Staying true to the roots of Zydeco, he has incorporated many other influences, such as blues, funk, reggae, R&B, gospel, and pop to create his unique style.

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Rachel Brown

February 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Words to Action: How Communication is Catalyzed for Violence and for Peace Brown, Executive Director of Project Zero, will discuss the role of communication in inter-group conflict, exploring how a lack of clear communication can lead to divisions, and even violence. Brown will suggest actions we can take to use communication as a powerful tool to prevent violence and create resilient peace.

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Looking for Lilith Theatre Company

February 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Defining Infinity This feminist ensemble theatre company is dedicated to lifting up unheard and “underheard” stories. Defining Infinity, an original play, explores individuals’ stories about the spectrums of both gender and sexual orientation. Enlightening, thoughtful, and powerful, the play shares experiences of queer folks from all along both of these spectrums.

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March 2019

Dervish

March 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Dervish

Classical Irish Music Steeped in the music of northwest Ireland, Dervish is renowned for dazzling live performances with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. The band includes Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhran) and Tom Morrow (fiddle).

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Dr. Melissa Zook

March 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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From Good Girl to Street Doc: Mistakes, Misguided Adventures and Light Bulb Moments Family physician Dr. Zook practices cradle-to-grave medicine in London, KY and provides care for persons living with HIV, hepatitis and substance use disorders. Her path to becoming a 21st century country doctor wasn’t exactly what she imagined when she graduated from a college much like Berea. She will discuss how mistakes along the way have strengthened her and continue to form the person she has become.

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Gladys Washington

March 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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From Segregation to Social Justice: One Black Woman's Lifelong Quest for Equity Washington’s childhood was divided between the Virgin Islands and the segregated South, where her grandmother taught her to advocate unapologetically for herself and her community. Washington, Deputy Director of the Babcock Foundation, has carried lessons learned into a lifelong passion for fighting for social and economic justice.

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April 2019

Vance Blacksmith

April 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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The History & Culture of the Lakota Blacksmith, who teaches at the Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is an expert in the history, culture, philosophy, and spirituality of the Lakota people. He will discuss core concepts of the origin and the afterlife according to Lakota philosophy; Lakota Star Knowledge; the power and symbolism of the Medicine Wheel; and concepts of synchronicity. The Hutchins Library will exhibit Lakota artifacts in conjunction with this talk.

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Red Molly

April 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Red Molly

One for All and All for One Known for beautiful harmonies, infectious songwriting, and captivating stage presence, Red Molly weaves together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky-tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their lovely voices into their signature three-part harmonies.

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September 2019

Dr. Jennifer Collins Bloomquist

September 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Linguistic Blackface: Language and Race in Children’s Animated Film A growing body of work by linguists, anthropologists, and critics of popular culture examines how social factors contribute to the construction of identity and the use of African American English (AAE). In her presentation, Dr. Bloomquist, Professor of Linguistics and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College, examines how animated films have historically exploited AAE voices to represent social and political ethnicities, and continue to do so today.

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The Sweet Remains

September 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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The Sweet Remains

Folk Rock Harmonies Driven by three gifted singer-songwriters’ forceful lyrical and melodic writing, the music of the Sweet Remains appeals to fans of contemporary folk-rockers such as Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, and John Mayer. It is their lush three-part harmonies, however, that set them apart from musicians of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Prof. Mark Godsey

September 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Mark Godsey

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 his exonerees, Godsey, a leading legal scholar, activist, ex-NYC prosecutor, attorney, and the author of his recent book Blind Injustice, will discuss flaws in the…

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Stephen Burks and Glenn Adamson

September 26, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Canceled: Father Gregory Boyle

February 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Phelps Stokes, 212 Chestnut St.
Berea, KY 40404 United States
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Please note: Due to health reasons, Father Boyle will be unable to present the 2020 Robbins Peace Lecture. This convocation has therefore been canceled. The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness Father Gregory Boyle 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…

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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

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. 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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In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. 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…

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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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In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. 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…

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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

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. 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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In response to the COVID-19 situation, all spring 2020 semester convocations have been canceled. Please see the COVID-19 planning page for more information. 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,…

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