Berea College Welcomes Public to What It Means To Be Human

Humanity and the Desire for Peace

Phelps Stokes Chapel — 3:00 p.m., February 25, 2016

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to Humanity and the Desire for Peace. This program will feature Krista Tippett, host and executive producer of the NPR radio show On Being, which asks questions such as what does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live. This convocation is part of the annual Robbins Peace Lecture, presented by the Willis D. Weatherford, Jr. Campus Christian Center.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” Tippett grew up in Oklahoma, studied history at Brown University, continued her education at Bonn University in West Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship and received a M.Div. from Yale.

Professionally, Tippett has worked for The New York Times, Newsweek as a freelance correspondent, The International Herald Tribune, BBC and Die Zeit. Later she became a special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany. In 2007, Tippett published her first book, Speaking of Faith.

The convocation events, which are provided to both the campus and public communities, are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College. See for the schedule of all convocations this academic year. All convocations are free and open to the public.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.