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

Berea College Welcomes Dr. Margaret Lowman

Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Rain Forest Exploration

Phelps Stokes – 3:00 p.m., February 9, 2017

Dr. Margaret LowmanBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to a convocation featuring Dr. Margaret Lowman, Director of Global Initiatives, and Lindsay Chair of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences, as she discusses the connection of canopy exploration and forest conservation. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Dr. Margaret Lowman

Jianying Zha to Discuss China’s Challenges

Transformation in Modern China

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring Jianying Zha, who will discuss Transformation in Modern China, focusing on China’s 20th century struggle for modernity. Using personal stories and photographs relevant to her topic, Zha will focus on new trends in China’s pop culture (media, public debates, and censorship); tensions and contradictions in current politics and society; and questions about China’s future. The convocation will take place Thursday January 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Woods Lecture. Continue reading Jianying Zha to Discuss China’s Challenges

Advancing The Dream

Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Berea College, January 16, 2017

Berea College staff, faculty and students organized a series of events in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, January 16, 2017, including a convocation featuring Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, from Loyola University Maryland, as speaker. The day’s activities were co-sponsored by Office of the President, Berea College Music Program, Black Cultural Center, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, 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 Advancing The Dream

Willie Parker, M.D. to Speak at Berea College Convocation

Willie Parker, M.D.

Willie James Parker, M.D., a 1986 graduate of Berea College will speak this week on Thursday, November 10, at 3:00pm in Phelps Stokes Chapel on the Berea College campus. His address, titled Reproductive Justice in Christian Understanding: New Wine in Old Wine Skins, will focus on his Christian identity as a physician who performs abortions and who advocates for reproductive rights. Continue reading Willie Parker, M.D. to Speak at Berea College Convocation

Berea College Welcomes Julissa Arce

The American DREAMer:
From Undocumented to Wall Street to Immigration Advocate

Ms. Julissa ArceAuthor, writer, speaker, and social justice advocate Julissa Arce will speak at Berea College on November 3 to share her story of helping to bring change to conversations about immigration and immigration reform. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 3:00pm in Phelps Stokes Chapel on the Berea College campus. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Julissa Arce

Dr. John Hibbing on Liberals and Conservatives Coexisting

Dr. John HibbingDr. John Hibbing, a Political Science professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will speak at Berea College on October 27, 2016, at 3:00pm in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Hibbing will discuss recent research on deep differences across the political spectrum, as well as understanding some distinctions that might pave the way for a less polarized political system. This Begley-Van Cleve Lecture is free and open to the public. Continue reading Dr. John Hibbing on Liberals and Conservatives Coexisting

Berea College Welcomes Public to Prof. Steve Bright

Race, Poverty and Criminal Justice

Stephen BrightStephen Bright, Professor at Yale Law School and president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, will speak at Berea College October 20, 2016, at 3:00pm, in Phelps Stokes Chapel. From debtors’ prisons to the death penalty, race and poverty influence outcomes in U.S. Criminal Courts. Bright’s remarks will examine how sentences imposed by courts can destroy people and communities and he will chart hope for the future. This event is free and open to the public. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to Prof. Steve Bright

NASA Scientist Julie Robinson to Speak at Berea Convocation

Dr. Julie Robinson, NASABerea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring Dr. Julie Robinson, NASA Chief Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS). In this convocation, the Berea College Science Lecture, Dr. Robinson will highlight how the International Space Station is providing many beneficial discoveries across fields as diverse as astrophysics, nanomaterials, combustion, microbiology, and human physiology. Robinson also will explain how scientists and engineers can access the research ISS facility. This convocation is free and open to the public on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel on the Berea College campus. Continue reading NASA Scientist Julie Robinson to Speak at Berea Convocation

Ambassador Melanne Verveer Speaks at Berea Tomorrow

“Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Success”

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to a convocation featuring Ambassador Melanne Verveer on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This convocation is co-sponsored with Women and Gender Studies and is free and open to the public. Continue reading Ambassador Melanne Verveer Speaks at Berea Tomorrow

Berea College Welcomes Public to Jim Wallis Convocation

The Bridge to a New America

Portrait of Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

Berea College welcomes the campus and public community to hear New York Times bestselling author, Jim Wallis speak about “The Bridge to a New America” on Thursday, September 22, at 3:00PM, in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Wallis is the president and founder of Sojourners, an organization based in Washington, D.C., that brings together a diverse mix of evangelicals, Catholics, Pentecostals and Protestants; progressives and conservatives; blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians; women and men; young and old who are committed to addressing such issues as racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to Jim Wallis Convocation

Appalachian Food Summit Convenes at Berea College With Opening Inaugural John Egerton Cornbread Convocation

BEREA, KY (September 2, 2016) – The Appalachian Food Summit will open with a free soup beans and cornbread supper at The Loyal Jones Center at Berea College September 16 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event, the first John Egerton Cornbread Convocation honors the generosity and inclusiveness of the late social justice activist, Southern food writer and Kentucky-born historian, John Egerton. The dinner is free of charge but a suggested $15 donation will benefit West Virginia Flood Recovery Efforts. Continue reading Appalachian Food Summit Convenes at Berea College With Opening Inaugural John Egerton Cornbread Convocation

Berea College Welcomes Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales

Mariachi SpectacularBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to beautiful Latin favorites/Hermosas Canciones Latinas. This program will feature the multicultural and mixed gender music group, Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales. This convocation, part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert series, is free and open to the public. Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales

Berea College Welcomes Public to 2016 Opening Convocation

Our Berea: Speaking the Great Commitments Anew

Seabury Center – 3:00 p.m., September 1, 2016

Opening Convocation 2015The entire Berea College community will mark the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free and open to the public. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to 2016 Opening Convocation

Gyude Moore to Speak at Service Convocation

Of Stickers and Margins: Courage in the Face of Radical Evil

Gyude Moore

Gyude Moore

Gyude Moore, a 2006 graduate of Berea College, will be the speaker at this year’s Service Convocation, March 24 at 3:00 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Moore, who was a political science major at Berea, now is the Minister of Public Works in the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in his home country, the Republic of Liberia. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Continue reading Gyude Moore to Speak at Service Convocation

Berea College Welcomes Public to Della Mae

Vibrant Sounds Honoring the Roots

Phelps Stokes Chapel – 8:00 p.m., March 17, 2016

della-maeBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to Vibrant Sounds Honoring the Roots. This program will feature Grammy- nominated music group Della Mae who recently performed on A Prairie Home Companion. This convocation is a part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series and is free and open to the public. Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Featuring five female instrumentalists/vocalists, the group formed in 2009, built a fan base with the release of their first album, I Built This Heart, in 2011 and broke through with the release of their 2013 Grammy-nominated album, This World Oft Can Be. In 2015, Della Mae released their self-titled third album.

According to The Bluegrass Situation, “The praise was effusive even before Della Mae was released… The Boston Globe called the album masterful. The New York Times said it showed a leap in confidence. One of the band’s better-known fans, Ed Helms, wrote in the liner notes that the collection of songs stirred his soul and lifted his spirit.” 

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 www.berea.edu/convocations for the schedule of all convocations this academic year. All convocations are free and open to the public.

Berea, the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, focuses on learning, labor and service. Berea admits academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. No student is charged tuition. All students must work at least 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, room and board. Graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields, living out the College’s scriptural motto “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth (Acts 17:26).

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Vandana Shiva to Speak on “Making Peace with the Earth”

Called by TIME magazine as an environmental ‘hero,’ Dr. Vandana Shiva, a physicist, philosopher, feminist activist and director of the Navdanya seed-saving network in northern India, will speak at a Berea College Convocation on March 3 at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Speaking on “Making Peace with the Earth,” Dr. Shiva will discuss the role that women play in preserving the eco-balance of the world’s food system. Dr. Shiva’s visit to Berea is co-sponsored by the Convocations Program and by the Berea College Women’s & Gender Studies department, which is observing its 25th anniversary during 2016. Continue reading Vandana Shiva to Speak on “Making Peace with the Earth”

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. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to What It Means To Be Human

Berea College Welcomes Public to Eric Bibb String Band

Delta Blues

Phelps Stokes Chapel – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016

Eric Bibb

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to Delta Blues, a program featuring the music of Eric Bibb. This event is a part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series and is free and open to the public. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to Eric Bibb String Band