Berea College’s Black Music Ensemble performed their annual spring concert, titled “From Grace to Glory,” at First Christian Church in Berea on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Continue reading Berea College’s Black Music Ensemble Presents “From Grace to Glory” →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Berea College will be hosting its annual Festival of Spirituals on Saturday, February 25. Events through the day will include a combination of workshops, recitals and concerts that feature presentations and performances led by members of the Berea College Music Department faculty and guest artists from other colleges as well as regional high schools. Continue reading Berea College Hosting Annual Festival of Spirituals February 25 →
Phelps Stokes Chapel, February 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Berea 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 →
Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Rain Forest Exploration
Phelps Stokes – 3:00 p.m., February 9, 2017
Berea 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 →
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 →
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 →
Spend part of your holiday season at a cozy event dedicated to fun, music, friendship, learning, sharing, and dance, a celebration of individual creativity within community in a supportive atmosphere. Christmas Country Dance School at Berea College provides a safe and festive environment to try something new, participate in ancient traditions, and forge some new traditions. Have you admired storytellers, musicians, basket-makers, or cloggers? Would you like to learn to waltz or play music for dances? You, too, can learn these folk skills and meet a wide variety of fascinating people who love to share these activities. Starting in 1938 as a training ground for dance leaders, CCDS has become a much loved tradition mixing youth (age 13 or older) and adults, beginner and experienced, with local, national, and international staff and participants. We also hold a Community Youth Program for Berea-area children ages 5-12 held each afternoon from Dec. 27-31. Continue reading Christmas Country Dance School: A Great Way to Spend the Holidays! →
The American DREAMer:
From Undocumented to Wall Street to Immigration Advocate
Author, 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 →
The first Mountain Day at Berea College was observed in 1875 for “enjoying the Fall colors and other natural wonders in the immediate vicinity and to provide a campus holiday free of classes and non-essential labor.” It has become an annual tradition. In recent years groups, such as the Berea College Choir, sing to greet the rising of the sun after a morning hike. Mountain Day activities included climbing the Pinnacles, kettle corn, face-painting, winning prizes from various campus organizations and clubs, and dying t-shirts! Musical and dancing performances by campus student groups such as the Black Music Ensemble and the Berea College Country Dancers during the lunch hour drew a large crowd. This year marked the 141st year celebrating Mountain Day at Berea College.
Dr. 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 →
Race, Poverty and Criminal Justice
Stephen 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 →
Berea 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 →
“Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Success”
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 →
The Bridge to a New America
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 →
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 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 →
Of Stickers and Margins: Courage in the Face of Radical Evil
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 →
Vibrant Sounds Honoring the Roots
Phelps Stokes Chapel – 8:00 p.m., March 17, 2016
Berea 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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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” →