President's Speaker Series
The President's Speaker Series gives students and community members the opportunity to hear nationally- and internationally-known speakers discuss a variety of important issues in the world today. This series is designed to broaden knowledge learned within the walls of a classroom, and to build an appreciation for the diversity of ways of being and thought, and for civic engagement.
The President’s Speaker Series was founded in 1999 under the direction of former Delta College President Donald Carlyon and Communication professor Dr. Nancy Vader-McCormick. The Series has been generously supported by Delta College President Dr. Jean Goodnow, the Delta College Foundation, and the Peter and Barbara Boyse Endowment.
What Americans Need to Know About Religion and Don’t:
How the Differences Between Religions Have Shaped Us and the World
Wednesday, October 16 at 10am
Delta College Lecture Theater G160 (see map)
The President’s Speaker Series is proud to host New York Times bestselling author and Boston University professor, Dr. Stephen Prothero.
Stephen Prothero is a Professor of Religion at Boston University. He earned his PhD in Religion from Harvard, and is a specialist in Asian religious traditions in the United States. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of American History, a regular contributor to CNN.com's Belief Blog, a frequent guest on NPR, and has appeared on The Today Show and The O'Reilly Factor.
Dr. Prothero has written six books, including The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott, which won the Best First Book award of the American Academy of Religion in 1997, and American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon, which was named one of the top religion books for 2003 by Publishers Weekly. His two most recent projects are the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t and God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter. Books will be for sale following the event and the author will be available to sign your copy.
Learn more about Dr. Stephen Prothero at stephenprothero.com or follow him on Twitter as @sprothero.
This event is free and open to students and community members. For more information about the event, please contact Barb Handley-Miller at 989-686-9198.
The President’s Speaker Series has hosted prominent speakers who challenge all of us to think deeply and act responsibly:
- 2012-2013 Peter Beinart and Noah Goldberg
- 2011-2012 Erin Gruwell, Susan Pinker
- 2010-2011 Richard Heinzl, Robert Kenner
- 2009-2010 Charles Wheelan
- 2008-2009 Paul Glastris and Stephen Hayes, Tzeporah Berman
- 2007-2008 Breaking Ice Diversity Group, John Torreano
- 2006-2007 Marion Nestle, Kevin Sites
- 2005-2006 Roland Fryer, Thomas Perls
- 2004-2005 Eric Alterman and Monica Crowley, Sonia Monzano
- 2003-2004 Herman Boone
- 2002-2003 Carl Bernstein, Naomi Tutu
- 2001-2002 David McAuley, Betty Williams
- 2001-2001 Alvin Pouissant, Terry Roberts
- 1999-2001 Bertice Berry, Ray Suarez
The President’s Speaker Series Committee plans themes, speakers and coordinates events.
- Barb Handley-Miller, Chair
- Nancy Vader-McCormick
- Kirk Wolf
- David Baskind
- Kimberly Klein
- Linda Holoman
- Angela Sinclair