The fall schedule of guests appeals to varied interests

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Geneva College invites prominent guests to campus each semester to enrich the educational experience while engaging the campus and surrounding community with cultural ideas and values. Visitors include distinguished lecturers, well-known artists and musicians, best-selling authors and leading religious figures.

The scheduled Guests@Geneva line-up for the fall 2013 semester is:

100px_butterfield.jpg The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert author Dr. Rosaria Butterfield
  • Wednesday, September 18 at 10:10 a.m. in Metheny Fieldhouse and at 7:30 p.m. in Skye Lounge of the Student Center
  • Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, named a top ten book of 2013 by World Magazine, Butterfield will speak about her journey to Christianity during chapel. Wednesday and Thursday evenings, she will address on various topics regarding biblical sexuality. Butterfield is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. After her conversion to Christianity in 1999, she developed a ministry for college students. Butterfield′s appearances are free and open to the public.

100px_camerata.jpg A cappella chamber choir The Pittsburgh Camerata
  • Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Beaver Falls

The Pittsburgh Camerata, an a cappella choral ensemble established in 1974, honors its founding Artist Director Arthur Wenk (1974-1981) with this performance of works by Guillame Dufay, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Paul Hindemith, Maurice Ravel and "Jesu Meine Freude" by J.S. Bach. This repertoire for this mixed choir of around 30 singers includes the entire choral repertory, with an emphasis on Renaissance/Baroque and 20th century music. Visit for ticketing information.

100px_perkins.jpg Civil Rights pioneer Dr. John Perkins
  • Wednesday, October 2 at 10:10 in Metheny Fieldhouse and at 7:30 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church of Beaver Falls
  • Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Skye Lounge of the Student Center

Perkins is a Civil Rights pioneer, international speaker and teacher on racial reconciliation, leadership and the philosophy of ministry known as Christian Community Development. He is the founder and president of John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development of Jackson, Mississippi. Perkins is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American Civil Rights movement, and he and his wife, Vera Mae, have also founded multiple ministries. His appearances are free and open to the public.

100px_kessler.jpg Art historian Dr. Elizabeth Kessler
  • Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Skye Lounge of the Student Center
  • Friday, October 25 at 10:10 a.m. in Skye Lounge of the Student Center

Kessler currently teaches art history at Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and has held fellowships at Stanford University and the Smithsonian Institute National Air and Space Museum. Her book, Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime, examines the aesthetics of deep space images and their invocation of the visual language of the sublime. Kessler′s appearances are free and open to the public.

100px_barkay.jpg Israeli archeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay
  • Monday, November 11. Time and location to be announced.

Barkay, a member of the faculty at Israel′s Bar-Ilan University, will lecture on recent archaeological projects and discoveries in Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount Sifting Project. In 1996, Barkay received the Jerusalem Prize for his life's work as an archaeologist.

100px_fujimura.jpg Artist and writer Makoto Fujimura
  • Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Skye Lounge of the Student Center

Fujimura is a nationally recognized Christian artist, writer, and speaker. His art, painted in a style that fuses fine art with abstract expressionism, are exhibited in galleries across the world, from Tokyo′s Sato Museum in to Vienna′s Belvedere Museum to New York′s Dillion Gallery.

Guests are brought to Geneva through a variety of separate speaker series collectively known as Guests@Geneva. Programs that are part of Guests@Geneva include the Geneva Visiting Artist and Lecture Series (GVALS), the Faith and Culture series, the Bitar and Vos Lectures, and select Chapel speakers.

The full Guests@Geneva schedule with up-to-date locations and times is available at

Geneva College invites students to accept the challenge of an academically excellent, Christ-centered education. Offering nearly 40 undergraduate majors, Adult Degree Programs with fully online and campus-based options, and seven graduate degrees, Geneva has programs that place students at the forefront of higher learning. Adhering to the inerrancy of Scripture, the liberal arts core curriculum fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, social and natural sciences, and experiential learning.