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Calvin’s Lecture Series comes to Wyckoff, NJ: Topics include Racism, Democracy, Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change, Civil Discourse…


The award-winning January Series of Calvin University is coming to Northern New Jersey. From Jan. 6 through Jan. 26, 2021, Cedar Hill Reformed Church in Wyckoff, NJ will be one of the remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of North America’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.

The 2021 lineup includes multiple New York Times’ best-selling authors, two of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Leaders, and the 2020 winner of the Kluge Humanities Prize—considered the equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize for the humanities.

The lectures are free and open to the public. (For a full list of speakers and topics, visit http://www.calvin.edu/january)

A few of the world-renowned speakers on the 2021 docket, include: Tara Westover, author of Educated, a book that stayed on the NY Times best-seller list for a couple of years; Jemar Tisby, author of The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, which received the 2019 honors for Book of the Year from the Englewood Review of Books; Bruce Feiler, author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, the presenter of two primetime series on PBS, and the inspiration for the drama series Council of Dads on NBC.

The presenters will look ahead to the future of: the Supreme Court, democracy, artificial intelligence, climate change, global trade, and civil discourse. They will also explore many other topics.

Kristi Potter, director of the January Series says that while the speakers will dig deeply into their areas of expertise, their talks are not just about helping attendees gain understanding around an issue, but also helping them learn how that understanding can inspire action.

“We need to invest ourselves in these topics and pay attention. Every one of us needs to do our part to make the world a better place; a kinder, more inspiring world that fixes its problems,” said Potter. “I want people to be smarter about what’s going on, so that they can speak into these areas and make our country and our world a better place. These conversations we have in January catalyze this work.”

This year, due to the realities of COVID-19, the January Series will have a completely virtual audience. Attendees will be able to watch the 15 daily noontime presentations on their own personal devices, in their own locations, or gather at small remote sites available across the continent. Details on how to register for these 15 presentations and where to find local remote sites are available on the January Series website .

“We value our audience and are working to make it as easy as possible for anyone to join from where they are, whether at home, church, in an office, on a couch, or at the kitchen table. These conversations are so important, and we think by providing easy access to these timely and important conversations, we will reach a record number of people in 2021.”

The January Series lectures will be video streamed live at Cedar Hill Reformed Church, 422 Cedar Hill Ave., Wyckoff, NJ.

About the January Series

Started in 1988, the January Series is an annual, award-winning, 15-day lecture series that exists to cultivate deep thought and conversations about important issues of the day in order to inspire cultural renewal and better equip global citizens in God’s world. The three-week series is free and open to the public and draws about 70,000 attendees between in-person and online each year. Join this year’s conversations and revisit previous talks at www.calvin.edu/january.

About Calvin University

Founded in 1876, Calvin University is a top-ranked, liberal arts institution that equips its 3,300 students from 45 U.S. states, 66 countries, and four Canadian provinces to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Calvin is proud to offer 100+ majors and programs, including graduate-level offerings in accounting, education, geographic information science, media and strategic communication, and speech pathology and audiology. Calvin students engage in intensive internships, community-based service learning, and significant research that results in publishing and presenting alongside world-class faculty. Discover more at www.calvin.edu.