Every year Calvin College hosts “The January Series.” What’s that? Take a look:
“[t]he January Series [is] a daily, hour-long cultural enrichment series. Presented at 12:30 pm in the 1000-seat Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium on campus, the series is open without charge to students, faculty and the west Michigan community. . . .Thanks to the tireless efforts of our founding director, June Hamersma, who served as the series director for its first 20 years, the January Series has become an important part of the cultural and educational offerings in the state and has received nationwide attention. The International Platform Society, founded by Daniel Webster in 1834, has awarded the series the Silver Bowl Award for “Best Campus Lecture Series in the U.S.A.” three times (1994, 1995 & 1999) and has since retired the award. In 2008 we opened our program beyond our auditorium walls to remote sites across the country. Each year we have expanded and in 2015 we will have 40+ churches, schools and community centers across North America—and one European site—that will watch the live presentation as part of our January Series audience. In 2014 we had a total audience of more than 38,000 people over the fifteen days of lectures.” (From the website.)
Every year I try to attend at least one or two of the lectures. This year I’ll be going to hear Tova Friedman who is a child survivor of the Holocaust and Dr. William Hurlbut who will be speaking on “From Chemicals to Consciousness: The Mystery of the Human Mind.” For a full list of speakers see here.
This year for the first time we will be live streaming the event here in the store. If you’ve never been to the January Series I encourage you to take a look at this year’s speakers to see if there is anything that might interest you. There is a wide range of topics addressed.