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Award-winning lecture series

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 12:30pm to Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 1:30pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to Whitinsville. From Jan. 6 through Jan. 26, 2016, Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church will be one of 48 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.
The 2016 edition features a solid lineup of speakers including David Brooks, one of America’s most prominent political commentators and OpEd columnist for the New York Times; Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for Global Health at the Council of Foreign Relations and the only person to win the three P’s of journalism—the Pulitzer, the Polk and the Peabody; Eric O’Neill, a security expert who has experience working as an FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative; and Bethany Haley Williams, a psychologist who is a leader in the specialized field of rehabilitating children traumatized by war.
The experts will be discussing a wide range of today’s most relevant topics, including foreign affairs, global health, interfaith cooperation, autism and cyber security. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit
“At Calvin, we teach students to think deeply, to live wholeheartedly and to live into justice. That’s exactly what we do through the January Series, too,” said Kristi Potter, director of the January Series. “As we listen to the wide range of speakers each year we are challenged to wonder and think courageously and sometimes that also means we are stretched in new ways.  As people of faith we should be using the brain God has given us to think well and always be learning about the world we live in.”
In 2016, for the first time ever, renowned thought leaders George Marsden, Richard Mouw, Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff will take the stage together. The quartet will share their deep love of knowledge and what captured their heart during their careers. Each one served as a professor at Calvin College for more than two decades in the 60s, 70s and 80s before moving on to the halls of Notre Dame, Yale and Fuller Seminary.
“To have four of the pillars of the Calvin tradition together on the same stage will be a real treat,” said Potter.
The January Series lectures will be video streamed live at Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church (305 Goldthwaite Rd., Whitinsville, Mass.) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. The lectures are free and open to the public.
In 2015, more than 40,000 people attended between the on-campus and remote sites. In 2016, 48 remote locations will carry the January Series—spanning 19 U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and one site in Europe.
For more information about the January Series, contact Don Stahl at [email protected] or at 508-234-2838 ext. 200. To download a hi-res photo of any speaker, visit and click on the name of the speaker.