Pella Chronicle

December 8, 2012

Award-winning lecture series comes to Pella


The Chronicle

Pella — The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to Pella. From January 3 through January 23, 2013, Third Reformed Church will be one of 38 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.

The 26th-annual January Series will feature a lineup of nationally acclaimed speakers including three-time Emmy award-winning broadcaster Cokie Roberts, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn and the Army’s first active-duty blind officer Captain Scotty Smiley, to name a few.

The experts will cover a wide range of today’s most relevant topics, offering Christian perspectives on improving immigration policy and why business matters to God. They will also provide an insider’s view of the political climate in Washington D.C., discuss the history of the inaugural address just days prior to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and predict what the future of farming will look like as the world population is expected to reach nine billion in 2050. For a full list of speakers and topics visit www.calvin.edu/january.

“Whatever’s happening in the world, we are talking about it,” said Kristi Potter, director of the January Series since 2007. “The speakers we bring in are tops in their field and many of them offer Christian perspectives. Part of Calvin’s mission is to teach us what’s going on in the world and show us how we can affect it. The January Series offers us another platform to do just that.”

The January Series lectures will be video streamed live at Third Reformed Church (708 E 13th St., Pella, Iowa) from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. The lectures are free and open to the public.

In 2012, total attendance between on-campus and remote sites soared to nearly 40,000. Since remote sites were added in 2008, viewership of the January Series has more than doubled and the number of remote sites offering the series has more than tripled.

“Remote sites are not just listening to the speakers, but they are talking about the ideas being presented," said Potter. "At many of the sites, groups meet afterwards to discuss the lectures. There’s a real community aspect that is being fostered.”

For more information, feel free to contact Third Reformed Church at 641-628-3051. To download a hi-res photo of any speaker, visit www.calvin.edu/january/2013 and click on the name of the speaker.