Each semester Geneva College invites speakers from around the world to come and discuss compelling socio-cultural, scientific, religious, literary, educational, political and economic ideas and practices for the Colloquia Series. This series of lectures is designed to engage students and the community in topics that impact the world in which we live and to foster intellectual, Christian-principled thought and discussion.
The Colloquia series at Geneva is open to the campus community and the public free of charge. The schedule for the spring ’11 semester follows.
Dr. Luke Powery will be speaking and singing on Monday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. in John White Chapel as part of Martin Luther King Week. He will discuss the use and power of Negro spirituals as historical narrative.
Dr. Powery earned his bachelor of arts in music, with a concentration in vocal performance, from Stanford University. He received a master of divinity from the Princeton Seminary and a doctorate in theology from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto and is currently the professor of homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Powery is a frequent guest speaker who aims to integrate his theological, homelitical and musical gifts in his presentations.
Powery’s interests are widespread, including preaching, speech performance studies and culture–especially the culture and displacement of the African people. These interests led him to write his dissertation “The Holy Spirit and African-American Preaching” and the book Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching. Dr. Powery teaches courses that explore the relationship between preaching and the Holy Spirit as well as the link between social witnessing and corporate worship practices.
Dr. Vivian Hewitt will be speaking on Thursday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Skye Lounge, also as part of Martin Luther King Week. She has donated to Geneva more than 40 works of art which will be displayed in a gallery on campus.
Dr. Hewitt graduated from Geneva in 1943 with degrees in psychology and French. Over the years she and her late husband, John, have donated many works of art to Geneva which can be found in McCartney Library, Alexander Hall and various faculty and staff offices throughout campus.
Vivian and John began purchasing art after their wedding in 1949 as gifts on anniversaries and holidays. Their collection of African-American art, compiled in the 1960s, is one of the most significant and elaborate ever assembled and is housed at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, N.C.
Dr. David Campbell will speak on Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m. and Friday, February 18 at 10:10 a.m. in Skye Lounge. Dr. Campbell will discuss the book he recently produced with Harvard’s Robert Putnam, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.
Based on two of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on religion and public life in America, American Grace explores the complex interaction of religion and politics during the past 50 years and identifies how religion simultaneously contributes to and detracts from the stability of American democracy.
A professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Campbell is also a research fellow with the Institute for Educational Initiatives. He has published several books and articles and won awards from the American Political Science Association for the best doctoral dissertation in American politics, the best paper on elections and voting, and twice for the best paper on religion and politics at the association's annual meeting.
Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine who were an integral part of the Civil Rights movement, will speak on March 21 and March 22 at 7 p.m. in Skye Lounge. Roberts currently speaks to audiences around the nation about the legacy of the Little Rock Nine. He is the author of the book Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on community, social responsibility and tolerance and in 2009 published his memoir Lessons from Little Rock.
Terrence Roberts was just 15 years old when he and eight other students began classes at Little Rock’s all- white Central High School in 1957. The Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown vs. Board of Education eliminated segregation in public schools and this event would test the ruling for the first time. Roberts and the rest of the Little Rock Nine received the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, in 1999.
Roberts received his bachelor’s degree from California State University, earned his master’s degree from UCLA, and obtained a Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University. He is a retired faculty member from Antioch University, in Los Angeles, where he worked in the master’s degree program in psychology. Currently, Roberts is the CEO of Terrence J. Roberts and Associates, a management consultant firm that is devoted to equitable and fair practices.
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