• alicejohnson_aae_photoThe Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin University’s 2020 January Series.

    Alice Marie Johnson

    AFTER LIFE: MY JOURNEY FROM INCARCERATION TO FREEDOM

    Monday, January 20
    Underwritten by: Larry & Mary Gerbens

    Due to contract restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

    In 1996 Alice Johnson was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence plus 25-years without parole for her role in a nonviolent federal drug case. This was her first and only conviction ever. After she served twenty-one years, her life sentence was commuted in 2018 by President Donald Trump, with the help of Kim Kardashian West. An ordained minister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Johnson shares her dramatic story of hope, mercy and gratitude while making the public aware of the realities of life behind bars and the importance of the ongoing struggle to end mass incarceration. Her story is a vital reminder of the power of redemption and of the importance of making second chances count.

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    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin University January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin University January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

  • january21-albommitchThe Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin University’s 2020 January Series.

    Mitch Albom

    A LITTLE GIRL, AN EARTHQUAKE, AND THE MAKING OF A FAMILY

    Tuesday, January 21
    Underwritten by: Samaritas and
    Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

    Due to contract restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

    Author, columnist, radio host, and philanthropist Mitch Albom is an inspiration around the world. His books, including the New York Times Bestselling Tuesdays with Morrie, have sold over 39 million copies and have been translated into over 45 languages. While nationally recognized for his sports writing at the Detroit Press, Albom is perhaps best known for the themes of hope and kindness that weave through his books, plays, and films. In his talks and presentations, he brings the same inspiring message of community building, giving, and purpose. He is the founder of 10 charities, nine in Detroit and one in Haiti. His latest book, Finding Chika, marks his return to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade as a memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart. It is a book about the making of a family and our responsibility to abandoned children worldwide.

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    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin University January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin University January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

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    Ann Compton

    UP CLOSE AND VERY PERSONAL: MY 41 YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS

    Wednesday, January 22
    Underwritten by:
    Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation

    Due to contract restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

    Ann Compton is a distinguished and highly respected veteran of the White House press corps. She joined ABC News in 1973 and was the first woman assigned to cover the White House by a television network. From her front seat at the White House for ABC News, Compton covered seven presidents  as well as innumerable life-changing and globe-altering events—from the end of the Cold War to 9/11 to the political dramas that made the daily headlines. With her personal access for over four decades she is well equipped to provide audiences a historical perspective of the presidency and insights into today’s global events and daily headlines.

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    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin University January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin University January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

  • january23-jeremyeverettThe Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin University’s 2020 January Series.

    Jeremy Everett

    SOLVING AMERICA’S HUNGER CRISIS

    Thursday, January 23
    Underwritten by:
    Holland Home

    Jeremy Everett is the founder and executive director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, an organization that partners with the United States Department of Agriculture, Texas state agencies, the corporate sector, and thousands of faith and community-based organizations to develop and implement strategies  to alleviate hunger through policy, education, research, and community organizing. A noted advocate for the hungry, he served on the National Commission on Hunger, has spent over two decades ministering to the poor, and frequently speaks on poverty, hunger, community development, and social entrepreneurship. Everett regularly writes for HuffPost and has been featured in PBS documentaries, in newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News, and on talk shows.

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    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin University January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin University January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

  • january24-johannorbergThe Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin University’s 2020 January Series.

    Johan Norberg

    PROGRESS: 10 REASONS TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE FUTURE

    Friday, January 24
    Underwritten by:
    GMB Architects + Engineering and Calvin Center for Innovation in Business

    Due to contract restrictions, this presentation will not be recorded or archived.

    Johan Norberg is an author, lecturer, documentary filmmaker, and a native of Sweden. He lectures about entrepreneurship, global trends and globalization around the world. He is a frequent commentator in Swedish and international media, and has a regular column in Sweden’s biggest daily, Metro. The 15 books he has written and the three books he has edited cover a broad range of topics, including global economics, intellectual history, and the science of happiness. Norberg is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C., and a Senior Fellow at the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. According to the daily news our world seems to be collapsing: divisive politics across the Western world, racism, poverty, war, inequality, hunger. While politicians, journalists and activists from all sides talk about the damage done, Johan Norberg, in his book Progress, offers an illuminating and heartening analysis of just how far we have come in tackling the greatest problems facing humanity. In the face of fear-mongering, darkness and division, the facts are unequivocal: the golden age is now.

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    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin University January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin University January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

  • january27-gonzalezkarenThe Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin University’s 2020 January Series.

    Karen Gonzalez

    THE GOD WHO SEES: IMMIGRANTS, THE BIBLE, AND THE JOURNEY TO BELONG

    Monday, January 27
    Underwritten by:
    Howard Miller

    Karen Gonzalez is an immigrant from Guatemala—now living in Baltimore, Maryland—where she enjoys writing, cooking Latin food, traveling, and watching baseball (in that order). Karen is a former public school teacher and attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where she studied theology and missiology.  For the last 10 years, she has been a non-profit professional, currently working for World Relief serving immigrants and refugees. Her book The God Who Sees is the story of her own immigration story intertwined with the stories of many of the immigrants found in the Bible.

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    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin University January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin University January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

  • president_najla_kassab-photoby_anna_siggelkowThe Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin University’s 2020 January Series.

    Najla Kassab

    THE REFORMED CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE EAST: HOPES AND CHALLENGES

    Tuesday, January 28
    Underwritten by: Stob Lecture Series

    Najla Kassab Abousawan is the president of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and is an ordained minister in the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL). She obtained her B.A. in Christian education from the Near East School of Theology and her M.Div. from Princeton Theology Seminary. In 1993 she received the first preaching license offered to a woman by the NESSL and in 2017 she became the second woman to be ordained as a minister in NESSL. She has worked for two and a half decades with NESSL’s women and children’s ministries, including as Director of Christian Education. She was elected to the WCRC Executive Committee at the 2010 Uniting General Council. She lives with her husband and three children in Beirut, but her work takes her frequently to Syria.

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    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin University January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin University January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

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    In a new live action musical, this dynamic sister and brother duo take audiences on a hilarious adventure. As usual, Judy is in a mood. After seeing her classmate’s picture on the front page of the newspaper, Judy wants to be famous and sets off to find fame and happiness. All the while, Stink and his foul-smelling sneakers become a real distraction as he vies for the coveted Golden Clothespin Award. Judy Moody & Stink are the perfect pair for their imperfect capers that lead to fun, mystery, sibling rivalry, and, in the end, true friendship.

    Click here to purchase tickets! Tickets $10.00 Adults, $5.00 Children. Main Stage, General Admission. 3:00 p.m.

    Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event.  For information, phone 231.924.8885.

    NCCA-Artsplace hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For information, phone 231.924.4022.

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    The Grand Rapids Symphony returns to the Dogwood Center on Thursday, February 6 for a sure to be incredible performance! Join us and you will experience a world-class orchestra performing for you live at the Dogwood! A wonderful evening with a wonderful orchestra! This program is funded in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

    Click here to purchase your tickets! $17.50 Adults, $5.00 Students. Main Stage. Reserved seating. 7:30 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at the NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

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    NCCA-Artsplace and Dogwood Center present the annual West Michigan Luthier Concert in the Dogwood Black Box on February 8! The ultimate combination of music and visual arts happens at this event! Come out and enjoy live performances by West Michigan musicians performing on hand-made instruments from regional luthiers.

    The live performance will also include a chance to meet the artists. A meet and greet reception will be from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Dogwood Center. This is an opportunity to learn about the instrument building process and view the instruments. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Dogwood Center Black Box with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. for seating.

    To complement the concert, an exhibit of photographs of handmade instruments made by West Michigan luthiers will be on display in the Dogwood Lobby Gallery from January 20 through March 7. The photographs include ukuleles, violins, violas, banjos and acoustic guitars.

    Come out and enjoy this popular concert by regional musicians performing on hand-made instruments from West Michigan luthiers.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $15.00. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.