Farah Siraj to Perform at Stephenson Memorial Concert

Farah Siraj

Farah Siraj
(Photo: Ann Blake)

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.

Siraj, born in Amman, Jordan and considered a Middle Eastern prodigy, earned a degree in music from Berkeley College of Music in Boston. Named Jordan’s “Musical Ambassadress” in recognition of her musical ability, her career has spanned across Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States. Siraj has performed at various prestigious platforms around the world for notable people including King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan and King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Siraj uses her music to promote peace and give a voice to those who would otherwise go unheard. She brings awareness of the negative consequences associated with war and violence, while advocating for the rights of women, refugees and animals.

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

Omer Quartet Brings Invigorating Classical Music to Berea College Stephenson Memorial Concert

Omer Quartet holding their instruments
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 to Discuss: Jesus, the Ultimate Rebel with a Cause

Dr. Diane White-Clayton headshot

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

Berea College Welcomes Public to 2018 Opening Convocation

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

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 Brings Quebec Celtic Folk Experience to Berea College

Le Vent Du NordLe 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

Berea College Service Award Recipient and Speaker to be Celebrated at Annual Service Convocation

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

Brian Owens to Sing The Soul of Ferguson

Brian OwensSoul 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 to Speak on the World That Food Made

Raj PatelRaj 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 to Discuss Friendship among Religions at Berea College Robbins Peace Lecture

Jafar Mahallati

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 to Discuss Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food at Berea College Science Lecture

Dr. Pamela RonaldDr. 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

Dr. Ricky L. Jones to speak at the Carter G. Woodson Memorial

In this place, at this time: The Mission of Education in 21st Century America

Ricky L. Jones

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

American Chamber Players to Perform at Berea College

American Chamber PlayersBerea 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

Dr. Beth Simmons to Speak on the Future of Human Rights

Beth SimmonsBerea 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

Robert Jones to Describe How the End of White Christian America is Reshaping U.S. Culture

Dr. Robert JonesDr. 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

Rocky S. Tuan ’72 to Share Research in Stem Cells, Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration

Dr. Rocky Tuan

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

The Como Mamas to Perform at Berea College

The Como MamasBerea 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

Berea College Invites Public to Hear CrossFit Coach Steph Hammerman

Phelps Stokes Chapel – 3pm, Thursday, October 5, 2017

Steph HammermanBerea 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

Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems to Speak at Convocation

Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger with a Womanist Thirst: Growing up Black, Female, Christian, and Black Panther

Rev. Dr. Renita J. WeemsBerea 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 Ntozake Shange

Ntozake ShangeBerea 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

Berea College Welcomes Public to 2017 Opening Convocation

Berea Stories

Seabury Center, 3:00 p.m., August 31, 2017

President Lyle Roelofs

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

Berea College Welcomes Marianne Williamson

Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming our Voices as Spiritual Citizens

Marianne WilliamsonBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson. In this convocation, Williamson will call on Bereans to turn the passion that is in their hearts into a powerful force for social good. This Convocation is co-sponsored with Women’s and Gender Studies. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Marianne Williamson

Woolfolk and Whitt Selected Berea College’s 2017 Service Award Winners

Lynda Whitt Headshot

Lynda Whitt, recipient of one of the 2017 Berea College Service Awards.

The annual Berea College Service Convocation and presentation of the 2017 Berea College Service Awards will take place this Thursday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Following the presentation of the 2017 Berea College Service Awards to Ms. Lynda Whitt and Ms. Odessa Woolfolk, three Berea College graduates will engage in a panel discussion, titled, “Careers in Defending Human Rights in Kentucky: Perspectives of three Berea College graduates.” The panelists include Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, Christian Motley, and Cara Stewart. Continue reading Woolfolk and Whitt Selected Berea College’s 2017 Service Award Winners

Carlos Núñez to Present Celtic Music with Latin Passion at Berea Convocation

Carlos Núñez

Galician piper Carlos Núñez at Cies Islands, Vigo, Spain

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring Carlos Núñez, whom the BBC describes as “…inventive, brilliant, progressive minded and a great showman to boot.” Núñez is known as the world’s most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of his native Galicia, Spain’s northwest, Atlantic Ocean-abutting region rich in vibrant, expressive Celtic traditional music. He will perform at Phelps Stokes Chapel on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. This convocation, part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert series, is free and open to the public. Continue reading Carlos Núñez to Present Celtic Music with Latin Passion at Berea Convocation

Sissoko & Segal Blend Baroque and West African Music

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal

 

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal who collaborate to create hybrid chamber music. Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Segal, a French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, will present Night Music: Blending West African and Baroque Traditions at Phelps Stokes Chapel on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. This convocation, part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert series, is free and open to the public. Continue reading Sissoko & Segal Blend Baroque and West African Music

Jordan Ryan to Speak at Berea College for Justice and Peace

Phelps Stokes Chapel, February 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Jordan RyanBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to a convocation featuring Jordan Ryan, J.D., Vice President for Peace Programs at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Ryan will speak about the Center’s work to help secure civil rights for the people that the Center serves. This convocation, sponsored by the Wills D. Weatherford, Jr. Campus Christian Center, is the annual Robbins Peace Lecture and will take place Thursday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel on the Berea College campus. Continue reading Jordan Ryan to Speak at Berea College for Justice and Peace