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Sesquicentennial Events and Activities


September 2008 - February 2009

Christ College Sesquicentennial Symposium Series

Each event will take place on a Thursday night 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Christ College Refectory in Mueller Hall, Valparaiso University and will be open to all without charge, unless otherwise noted. The special 150th Anniversary schedule includes the following:


September 4, 2008 -- Refugees and International Humanitarian Work Today
Sarah Deardorff ’04, Refugee Resettlement Case Manager, World Relief

September 11, 2008 -- Reflections in the Dark
Fredrick Barton ’70,  Fiction Writer and Film Critic, University of New Orleans

September 18, 2008 -- Einstein’s “Happiest Idea:” Gravity and Curved Space-Time
Eric G. Adelberger, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Washington
 * Located in the Auditorium of Niels Science Center

September 25, 2008 -- Meditation and Monasticism: Making the Ascetic Self in Thailand
Joanna Cook, George Kingsley Roth Research Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies
Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, England
* Located in the Community Room of the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources

October 2, 2008 -- Domestic Vision: A Retrospective on the Art of Joel Sheesley
Joel C. Sheesley, Artist, Professor of Art, Wheaton College

October 9, 2008 -- Faith and Work, Love and Life
Homecoming Symposium—A Christ College Alumni Panel

October 16, 2008 -- Christ College Student Scholarship Symposium (Session I)

October 30, 2008 -- Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities & the Arts: The Postdoctoral Fellows
John Steven Paul ‘73, Professor of Theater, Program Director, Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts

November 6, 2008 -- Holden Village: With Christ in the Wilderness for the Life of the World
 Mark Schwehn ’67, Professor of Humanities, Christ College with Recent Holden Villagers


January 15, 2009 -- The Karamaxov Sisters: New Understandings of Humanities Education
William Olmsted, Professor of Humanities, Christ College

January 22, 2009 -- Four Wagonloads of Household Goods, Five Children and a New Wife:
On J.S. Back's Transition from CÖthen to Leipzig in 1723
Stephen Crist, Department of Music, Emory University
* Located in Duesenberg Recital Hall - Center for the Arts - 7:30 p.m.

January 29, 2009 -- Ishi's Story: The Life and Legend of the Last Yahi Indian
Orin Starn, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
* Located in Harre Union - University Ballroom

February 5, 2009 -- Prodigal Nation: The Rhetoric of Moral Decline, from the Puritans to 9/11
Andrew Murphy, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University

February 12, 2009 -- Christian Vocation Then and Now: Is it Possible to Sustain a Christian Way of Life in the World?
(Albert G. Huegli Lecture on Church-Related Higher Education)
L. Gregory Jones, Dean of the Divinity School, Duke University

* Located in the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources - Community Room

February 19, 2009 -- Christ College Student Scholarship Symposium (Session II)

February 26, 2009 -- Wendell Berry's The Unsettling of America
(The Christ College All-College Reading)
Steven Boum-Prediger, Director of Environmental Studies, Hope College
Curtis Gruenler, Department of English, Hope College

Twenty-Third Annual Christ College Freshman Debates ≈

6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Christ College Refectory

Debate One: Tuesday, March 24
Debate Two: Tuesday, March 26
Debate Three: Tuesday, March 31
Debate Four: Thursday, April 2


*For more details send inquiries to 
or contact via phone at  (219) 464-5022

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