Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College
The public is invited to join the entire Berea College community in marking the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free.
The theme for this year’s opening convocation will be Berea Stories.
“Berea consists of 1,600 great stories, stories of challenge, accomplishment and triumph,” said Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “Every Berea student has a compelling story, as do all other Bereans— faculty, staff, alumni and retirees—who together constitute our wonderful community. Opening Convocation 2019 is a celebration of all those stories and how they connect and reinforce one another.”
This Opening Convocation will feature remarks by President Roelofs and representatives from the College community—including student, faculty, staff, alumni and retiree speakers—who will briefly share their own Berea stories. Special music will be performed by Berea College students and faculty.
This annual event opens the College’s year-long convocation series of lectures, symposia, concerts and performing arts productions. The series includes the Stephenson Memorial Concerts and offers outstanding scholars, artists and leaders that enhance the intellectual, aesthetic and religious life, and make important contributions to students’ educational experience at Berea College. View the schedule of all convocations this academic year. All convocations are free and open to the public.
(Photo: Whitney Kidder)
Red Molly, a group known for American music ranging from blues and folk, to country and bluegrass, will perform at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on Thursday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.
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(Photo: Colin Gillen)
Dervish, acclaimed as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally, will perform at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on Thursday Mar. 14 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.
Described as “an icon of Irish music” by the BBC and “the most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today,” by Irish journalist and broadcaster Stuart Bailie, Dervish has played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury. They come to Berea just in time to set the mood for St. Patrick’s Day.
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Flamenco Louisville will perform authentic flamenco music and dance at the Berea College Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel.
Flamenco Louisville is the oldest flamenco organization in the area. The musicians and dancers of Flamenco Louisville are Spanish-trained professionals who bring authentic flamenco in the puro tradition. Flamenco Louisville is a community-oriented organization, dedicated to the life of their art form and sharing it with others. Continue reading Flamenco Louisville to Perform Free at Berea College →
Community (Berea and campus) members begin to march from Union Church to Presser Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018.
(Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05)
Berea College staff, faculty and students have organized a series of events in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The centerpiece event is a convocation featuring Zeb Harrison & The Sounds of Praise. The annual MLK Day activities are co-sponsored by Office of the President, Berea College Music Program, Black Cultural Center, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), Berea College Music Program, First Christian Church, Union Church, and Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center. Continue reading Berea College and Community to Celebrate MLK Day with Convocation and Events →
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Farah Siraj will perform World Peace Music, a fusion of flamenco, jazz, Bossa nova, pop and Middle Eastern music at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on Thursday Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Continue reading Farah Siraj to Perform at Stephenson Memorial Concert →
The Omer Quartet will perform classical music Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel, at the Berea College Stephenson Memorial Concert Series.
The Omer Quartet is distinctive among today’s young string quartets. The quartet, which took first prize in the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, consists of Mason Yu and Erica Tursi (violinists), Jinsun Hong (viola) and Alex Cox (cello). Continue reading Omer Quartet Brings Invigorating Classical Music to Berea College Stephenson Memorial Concert →
Dr. Diane White-Clayton
Dr. Diane White-Clayton will speak about “Jesus, the Ultimate Rebel with a Cause,” on Thursday, Sep. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Berea College Accent of Christian Faith Lecture in Phelps Stokes Chapel.
This lecture, sponsored by the Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center, will discuss the common depiction of Jesus as frail and tender-hearted, as well as the uncommon depiction of Jesus as a rebellious, defiant trouble-maker who never allowed rules to dictate his path. Berea College, whose rebellious beginnings directly defied societal norms of the time, challenges new rebels who, through faith and determination, will change the world. Continue reading Dr. Diane White-Clayton to Discuss: Jesus, the Ultimate Rebel with a Cause →
Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College
The public is invited to join the entire Berea College community in marking the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free. The theme for this year’s opening convocation will be Berea Stories. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to 2018 Opening Convocation →
Le Vent Du Nord will perform the Quebec Celtic Folk Experience as part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series Thursday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.
Le Vent Du Nord is an award winning and highly acclaimed band in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group draws from both traditional sources and original compositions as it continues to heighten its soulful music, rooted within the Celtic Diaspora and many other global influences. This group rocketed to success, performing more than 1,800 concerts in five continents. The band consists of singers and multi-instrumentalists including Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, Rejean Brunet and Andre Brunet, who demonstrate the ability to retain tradition while implementing a unique style. Continue reading Le Vent Du Nord Brings Quebec Celtic Folk Experience to Berea College →
The 2018 Berea College Service Award will be presented to alumna Geraldine “Jeri” Baker on Thursday, March 22 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel, during the annual Berea College Service Convocation. The Berea College Service Award honors persons who exemplify Berea’s Great Commitments in their daily lives and service to humanity. The award honors practical service by persons in all walks of life. Continue reading Berea College Service Award Recipient and Speaker to be Celebrated at Annual Service Convocation →
Soul singer Brian Owens will perform “The Soul of Ferguson” at the Berea College convocation on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This event is a part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series.
Owens performs soulful, jazzy pieces while conjuring up the spirits of such Motown legends as Marvin Gaye and the Temptations. Growing up as a preacher’s kid in Ferguson, Missouri, Owens was no stranger to the beauty of music. His songs encapsulate his shared love of soul music and humanity. Owens uses his music to engage in conversation with his listeners, build community and share a powerful message about his hometown of Ferguson. Continue reading Brian Owens to Sing The Soul of Ferguson →
Raj Patel will speak about “The World That Food Made” at the Berea College convocation on Thursday, March 1 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. During the convocation, Patel will discuss the 15th century origins of how we feed the world and suggest a hopeful vision for re-imagining the way food is grown. The convocation is co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology departments. Continue reading Raj Patel to Speak on the World That Food Made →
Dr. Jafar Mallahati will speak about “Friendship Among Religions and in World Politics: How Religions Can Help Expand Apology and Forgiveness,” at the Berea College Robbins Peace Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.
Mallahati is the presidential scholar in Islamic Studies at Oberlin College where he also holds the Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies. Mallahati received a BA in Economics from the National University in Tehran, Iran; a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas; an MS in Political Economy from the University of Oregon; and a Ph. D. from McGill University. For two years Mallahati served as Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations where he worked to end the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, gaining experience in conflict resolution and international relations. Continue reading Dr. Jafar Mallahati to Discuss Friendship among Religions at Berea College Robbins Peace Lecture →
Dr. Pamela Ronald will be the featured speaker at the Berea College Science Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Ronald’s presentation will explain how integrated approaches are needed to enhance sustainable agriculture. The lecture is co-sponsored with the Agriculture & Natural Resources Department.
Ronald, a plant pathologist and geneticist, specializes in cell and developmental biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics. Her Ph.D. is from the University of California, Berkeley. Ronald has received many accolades from her research and ground-breaking discoveries, including the Honorary Scientist at the National Institute of Ag Biotechnology, Korea; John Simon Guggenheim Fellow; 2008 USDA National Research Initiative Discovery Award; and the 2012 Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award. Continue reading Dr. Pamela Ronald to Discuss Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food at Berea College Science Lecture →
In this place, at this time: The Mission of Education in 21st Century America
The Carter G. Woodson Memorial Convocation will feature Dr. Ricky L. Jones on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Jones will discuss the mission of education in the 21st century, exploring how education can be used to reinforce or resist social and political marginalization in post-modern America. Continue reading Dr. Ricky L. Jones to speak at the Carter G. Woodson Memorial →
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to a program of innovative chamber music performed by the American Chamber Players. This convocation, a part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series, will be Thursday, November 16, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Continue reading American Chamber Players to Perform at Berea College →
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to hear Dr. Beth Simmons speak about the Future of Human Rights on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. Continue reading Dr. Beth Simmons to Speak on the Future of Human Rights →
Dr. Robert P. Jones will speak at the Service Convocation on Thursday, October 27th at 3p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Jones will discuss his new book, The End of White Christian America, in which he argues that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation and how these changes are affecting politics, churches, and American culture. Continue reading Robert Jones to Describe How the End of White Christian America is Reshaping U.S. Culture →
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring Berea alumnus Dr. Rocky S. Tuan, a prominent biomedical scientist who will discuss using adult stem cells, 3D printing, and nanomaterial technologies. The convocation will take place Thursday, October 19, at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Continue reading Rocky S. Tuan ’72 to Share Research in Stem Cells, Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration →
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation program featuring the music of The Como Mama’s on Thursday, October 12th, at 8pm. This event, to be held in Phelps Stokes Chapel, is a part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series and is free and open to the public. Continue reading The Como Mamas to Perform at Berea College →
Phelps Stokes Chapel – 3pm, Thursday, October 5, 2017
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to hear Steph Hammerman, the first-ever female CrossFit coach with Cerebral Palsy, speak at this week’s convocation. Born three months premature, Hammerman has been defying the odds of what it looks like to live with cerebral palsy ever since. Continue reading Berea College Invites Public to Hear CrossFit Coach Steph Hammerman →
Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger with a Womanist Thirst: Growing up Black, Female, Christian, and Black Panther
Berea College welcomes Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, a biblical scholar, academic administrator, writer, ordained minister, and public intellectual who will be the convocation speaker on September 28th at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. She is known nation-wide as a theologian whose learned perceptions into the Bible and the role of spirituality in everyday life has made her a well-respected speaker and author. Continue reading Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems to Speak at Convocation →
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to its weekly convocation this Thursday, September 21, 2017, featuring award-winning poet, playwright, performer, novelist and educator Ntozake Shange. In her presentation, Wild Beauty, Shange will explore the many contradictions people of color confront in their daily lives emotionally, psychologically and politically. Through music and language, Shange approaches her material with delicacy and brutal honesty, leaving the audience with a textured mosaic of what it means and how it feels to be a 21st century colored person who speaks English. This convocation is co-sponsored with Theatre. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Ntozake Shange →
Seabury Center, 3:00 p.m., August 31, 2017
Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College
The public is invited to join the entire Berea College community in marking the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to 2017 Opening Convocation →