• 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.

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

    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.