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

The scheduled Guests@Geneva line-up for the spring 2012 semester includes:

Mead_100px.jpgGVALS speaker author Dr. Lawrence Mead—Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. in John White Chapel and Friday, January 27 at 10:10 a.m. in Skye Lounge
Dr. Lawrence Mead teaches American politics and public policy at New York University. In his recently published book, From Prophecy to Charity: How to Help the Poor, Dr. Mead critiques the moral presuppositions of past and current endeavors to alleviate poverty while providing a framework for future efforts based on an approach proven to actually help those in need—charity rooted in love.


OkpebholoShawn_100px.jpgFestival of Faith and the Arts composer Shawn Okpebholo—Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 in John White Chapel
Dr. Shawn Okpebholo, assistant professor of theory and composition at Wheaton College–Conservatory of Music, has been commissioned to write a piece expressly for Geneva’s Faith and Arts, which will be performed by Geneva’s Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Sha Wang. The work, PSALMOI KAI HYMNOI KAI OOEDAI PNEUMATIKAI, is in three movements: I. Ede Ede (Nigeria); II. Bringing in the Sheaves (American); and III. Jisasi Fukemino (Papua New Guinea). Dr. Okpebholo has recently returned to the U.S. after a trip to Nigeria to research his Nigerian musical roots.


Doriani_100px.jpgVos lecturer Pastor Dr. Dan Doriani—Wednesday & Thursday, March 21-22 in Skye Lounge at 7 p.m.
Dr. Dan Doriani is the senior pastor at Central Presbyterian in Clayton, Missouri. This Geneva graduate has written 10 books and contributed to many others, including commentaries on Matthew and James, a book for men titled The Life of a God-Made Man, and three works on interpretation of Scripture: Putting the Truth to Work, Getting the Message, and Beyond the Sacred Page. He is currently working on a book about spiritual healing through the Psalms.


Stephen-Catanzarite_100px.jpgGVALS speaker author Stephen Catanzarite—Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. & Friday, April 13 at 10:10 a.m. in John White Chapel
Stephen Catanzarite is currently the managing director for Lincoln Park Performing Arts Centre and the author of Achtung Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadow of the Fall. In addition, he is the writer and producer of a new podcast series, “Arts Alive!” and is the founder of both the Henry Mancini Arts Academy and the Pennsylvania Summer School of the Arts.  Catanzarite has also developed an online course for high school students tracing the history and development of American popular music.



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 scheduled for evening engagements. All Guests@Geneva engagements are free, and the public is invited to attend.

Click here for the full Guests@Geneva schedule with up-to-date locations and times.


Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College’s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).



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