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January Series 2023

January Series 2023

The January Series is a FREE 15-day award-winning lecture series that takes place each year at Calvin University and is televised live at the Hastings Public Library. The series aims to cultivate deep thought and conversations about important issues of the day, to inspire cultural renewal and make us better global citizens.

While the series is televised live from 12:30-1:30, watchers can continue to watch all speakers until midnight EST, after midnight only certain speakers will allow their program to be viewed.

Catch prior years programs through the Calvin University website or on DVDs available in the Library collection.

2023 Schedule

Monday, January 9, Dr. Sara Hendren - WHAT CAN A BODY DO?

  • Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and writer who teaches design for disability at Olin College of Engineering. Her work has been exhibited widely and is held in the permanent collections of MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt design museum; her writing and design work have been featured in The New York Times and Fast Company and on NPR. Hendren has been a fellow at New America and the Carey Institute for Global Good. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.
Tuesday, January 10, Monica Guzman - RECLAIMING CURIOSITY IN DIVIDED TIMES
  • Mónica Guzmán is a bridge builder, journalist, and entrepreneur who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. She’s senior fellow for public practice at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; host of live interview series at Crosscut; and cofounder of the award-winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey.
Wednesday, January 11, Nate Mook - THE URGENT PURSUIT TO NOURISH THE WORLD
  • Nate Mook is the CEO of World Central Kitchen. Nate began working with Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen in 2012, and together they produced the PBS/National Geographic documentary “Undiscovered Haiti” in 2015. Since then, Nate has led the organization’s dramatic growth and strategic shift to its current work using food as a solution to humanitarian crises around the world.
  • Note: this speaker will be joining us virtually.
Thursday, January 12, Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap - FOLLOWING JESUS IN A WARMING WORLD
  • Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap serves as the Vice President of the Evangelical Environmental Network. For the last ten years, he has educated and mobilized Christians around the world to address the climate crisis as an act of discipleship and neighbor-love. His work has been featured in national and international news outlets such as PBS, NPR, CNN, NBC News, New York Times, Reuters, and U.S. News and World Report. His forthcoming book, Following Jesus in a Warming World: A Christian Call to Climate Action, is set to be published by InterVarsity Press on February 21, 2023.
Friday, January 13, Dr. Amy Kenny - MY BODY IS NOT A PRAYER REQUEST
  • Amy Kenny is a disabled scholar and a Shakespeare Lecturer who hates Hamlet. Her work on disability has been featured in Teen Vogue, Sojourners, Shondaland, The Mighty, and Huff Post. Her book, My Body Is Not A Prayer Request, published by Brazos in 2022, mixes humor, personal narrative, and theology to invite faith communities to rethink their unintentional ableism and learn from the embodied wisdom of disabled people.
Monday, January 16, Dr. Gregory Thompson - TO STICK WITH LOVE: KING’S VISION FOR TODAY’S MOVEMENT
  • Gregory Thompson (PhD, University of Virginia) is an artist of diverse creative background who works at the intersection of moral imagination and social change. Focusing on matters of race, religion, public memory, and hospitality, Gregory currently serves as Co-Director of Voices Underground, an organization committed to helping local communities recover and honor their African American histories, as writer at The Welcome Table, a column on Food and Culture at Comment Magazine, and as a line chef at Broadcloth, a restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Tuesday, January 17, Kaia Kater - SONG SELECTIONS
  • Kaia draws on her diverse influences in Quebec, the Caribbean, and Appalachia, bringing them together to present an exciting musical direction. What started out as a search to discover the roots of her identity became a physical and emotional exploration of history, in particular her paternal ancestry, and has led to bold new heights of imagination and creative expression. In 2021, Kaia took part in the Slaight Music Residency at the Canadian Film Center, released a new single ("Parallels") in October, and composed original music for the CBC/BET+ TV series entitled 'The Porter'. She is currently working on a full length album for release in 2023.
  • Note: Kaia will perform a FREE concert in the evening. More details coming soon on Calvin's website.
Wednesday, January 18, Dr. Noah Toly - LEARNING TOGETHER, LIVING TOGETHER: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS FROM CHRISTIAN LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION
  • Noah J. Toly, PhD, is the ninth chief academic officer at Calvin University. A '99 graduate of Wheaton College with a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies and Spanish, Toly earned a master of arts degree in theology from Wheaton College in 2012. He earned both a master of arts degree in urban affairs and public policy in 2005 and a doctor of philosophy degree in urban affairs and public policy in 2006 from the University of Delaware.
Thursday, January 19, Kerri Arsenault - FAMILY AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEGACIES
  • Co-founder of The Environmental Storytelling Studio at Brown University (TESS), contributing editor at Orion magazine, book critic, and author of Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains, an investigative memoir about family and environmental legacies. Mill Town won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Maine Literary Award for nonfiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize for the best first book in any genre.
Friday, January 20, Dr. Moo Cooper - DIVERSITY IN STEAM FROM A REAL LIFE GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY
  • A real life “Guardian of the Galaxy,” Dr. Moogega “Moo” Cooper holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the red planet safe from any of the Earth’s contaminants. Moo is the planetary protection lead of the famed NASA 2020 Mars mission—with it’s highly viewed landing on February 18, 2021. Her work with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is integral to the ongoing mission to discern whether Mars could be habitable for humans and that we don’t harm what’s already there—a job she has been working up to for most of her life.
Monday, January 23, Ken Jennings - AND THE ANSWER IS: WHY IS IT BETTER TO BE A GENERALIST?
  • When it comes to quiz shows, no one has done it better than Ken Jennings. The former Utah software engineer rose to fame in 2004 when he spent six months as a contestant on Jeopardy! His 75-game streak and $2.52 million in winnings are still Jeopardy! records today. As a speaker, Jennings appears at college and corporate events nationwide, covering topics ranging from the importance of education to artificial intelligence (specifically his encounter with IBM’s Watson) to his love of geography — always sharing his insider stories from behind the scenes at Jeopardy!
Tuesday, January 24, Peter Wehner - HOW CHRISTIANITY CAN BE A HEALING FORCE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
  • Peter Wehner is an in-residence Senior Fellow, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and a contributing editor for The Atlantic. He has written for numerous other publications—including Time, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Commentary, National Affairs, and Christianity Today. He has also appeared frequently as a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS, PBS, and C-SPAN television.
Wednesday, January 25, Dr. Esau McCaulley - WHAT IS AFRICAN AMERICAN BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION AND WHY DOES THE WHOLE CHURCH NEED IT
  • Esau McCaulley, PhD is an associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and theologian in residence at Progressive Baptist Church, a historically black congregation in Chicago. His first book entitled Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance was published by T & T Clark in 2019. His second book Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope was published by IVP academic in 2020. His writings have also appeared in places such as The Atlantic, Washington Post, and Christianity Today. He is married to Mandy, a pediatrician and navy reservist. Together, they have four wonderful children.
Thursday, January 26, Efosa Ojomo - THE PROSPERITY PARADOX AND THE POWER OF MARKET-CREATING INNOVATION
  • Efosa Ojomo was selected as one of 30 thinkers in the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar list, the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking, and sharing the leading management ideas of our age.He researches and writes about how innovation can transform organizations and create inclusive prosperity for many. In January, 2019, alongside the late Harvard Business School professor, Clayton Christensen, he published the book, The Prosperity Paradox: How innovation can lift nations out of poverty. Christensen was the world’s foremost thinker on Disruptive Innovation and was a mentor to Efosa Ojomo.
Friday, January 27, Dr. Kate Bowler - LIFE AFTER PERFECT
  • Kate Bowler, PhD is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and a professor at Duke University. She studies the cultural stories we tell ourselves about success, suffering, and whether (or not) we’re capable of change.
  • Note: this speaker will be joining us virtually.

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