Della Mae

March 17, 2016

Berea college convocation

Stephenson Memorial concert 

Vibrant Sounds Honoring the Roots


Della Mae expands upon the musical achievements of the group’s widely acclaimed, Grammy-nominated breakthrough album This World Oft Can Be (2013). The five versatile female instrumentalists and vocalists draw from a deep well of rootsy influences to create
vibrantly original music.

Della Mae:

Celia Woodsmith—vocals, guitar


Kimber Ludiker – fiddle, vocals


Jenni Lyn Gardner – mandolin, vocals


Courtney Hartman – guitar, banjo, vocals


Zoe Guigueno – bass, vocals 


Della Mae’s “Empire”

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Making Peace with the Earth


March 3, 2016, 3:00PM

Berea college convocation

Co-sponsored with Women’s and Gender Studies.




Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India

In 1982, she founded an independent institute – the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun – dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, working in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991 she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade. For last two decades, Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations, serving more than 500,000 men and women farmers. Navdanya’s efforts have resulted in the conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties from across India, and the organization has established 60 seed banks in 16 states across the country. In 2004, Dr. Shiva started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.

dscf2509Dr. Shiva combines sharp intellectual inquiry with courageous activism, and her work spans teaching at universities worldwide to working with peasants in rural India. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental ‘hero’ in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe.

Dr. Shiva has made significant contributions to the areas of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and biodiversity. Through her leadership and commitments, Dr. Shiva and her team at the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology successfully challenged the biopiracy of Neem, Basmati and Wheat. Besides her activism, she has also served on expert groups of the government on Biodiversity and IPR legislation.

Dr. Shiva has campaigned internationally on issues surrounding biotechnology and genetic engineering. She has helped movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria with their campaigns against genetic engineering. In 2003, when the US initiated a dispute against the EU to remove the bans and moratoria on genetically modified crops and foods, Dr. Shiva launched a global citizens campaign on GMOs in the WTO.

Dr. Shiva’s contributions to gender issues are nationally and internationally recognized. Her book Staying Alive dramatically shifts popular perceptions of Third World women. She founded the gender unit at the International Centre for Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, and was a founding Board Member of the Women Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). Dr. Shiva has also initiated Diverse Women for Diversity, an international movement of women working for food and agriculture. The movement was launched formally in Bratislava, Slovakia, in May 1998.

ff-vandana-shiva-featuredDr. Shiva is on the National Board of Organic Standards of India. Dr Shiva was appointed to the advisory board of the National Controller General of Accounts from 2013 to 2015. She also works with the state governments of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttaranchal for the promotion of organic farming. She has been invited by the Planning Commission to be a member of the expert group on environment, the expert group on nutrition, and the expert group on the voluntary sector.

Internationally, Dr. Shiva serves on Prince Charles’s expert group on Sustainable Agriculture and she is a member of President Zapatero’s Scientific Committee in Spain. Dr. Shiva advises governments worldwide, and is currently working with the Government of Bhutan to make Bhutan 100% organic. She is also working with the Governments of Tuscany and Rome to create a hopeful and livable future for young people in these times of crises.




FEBRUARY 25, 2016, 3:00PM

Phelps Stokes

Berea College Convocation

Robbins Peace Lecture.



Krista Tippett, the National Public Radio host of On Being, will comment on her career of “avoiding easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to
join the conversation about what it means to be human.”


On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener.

Barack Obama, Krista Tippett

In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.”

Eight Foolish Thoughts on Investing, Business and Life.

David Gardner, Motley Fool co-founder

February 18, 2016, 3:00 P.M.
Berea College Convocation
Co-sponsored with Economics and Business
Phelps Stokes
David will share what he has learned so far about market-beating investment strategies, entrepreneurship, and the true meaning of leadership.
There is nothing that Gardner won’t tackle, in part (as he says) because of home many times he has been tackled!



Delta Blues

Eric Bibb

String Band

Date: February 11, 2016

Time: 8:00 P.M. 

Location: Phelps Stokes

Stephenson Memorial Concert



Guitarist Eric Bibb’s rich and sensitive vocals and lyrics provide a perfect balance to his fine finger-picking technique. Purveying a beautifully realized and deftly accomplished soulful folk blues, Bibb effortlessly blends various genres, melding a traditional rootsy American style with a subtle, contemporary sensibility. He will be joined by Dirk Powell, Cedric Watson, and Grant Dermody.

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Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients.

Sonia Shah

February 3, 2016, 3:00PM

Carter G. Woodson Memorial Convocation.


Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prize-winning author. Her writing on science, politics, and human rights has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForeign AffairsScientific American and elsewhere. Shah’s drug industry exposé, The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients, has been hailed by critics as a meticulously researched and powerful book.


  • Foreword by John Le Carre
  • Winner, Prix Prescrire award, 2008
  • Library Journal’s Best Consumer Health Books, 2006


Shah’s intellectual enthusiasm and dry sense of humor recall popular science writers such as Steven Pinker and Stephen Jay Gould; her narrative strength and penchant for investigative journalism bring to mind science reporter and Flu author Gina Kolata.”  

                                      Michael Schaub, NPR


Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.

Stacy Malkan 

January 28, 2016, 3:00PM, Phelp Stokes

A Berea College Convocation.


About Malkan:

  • Stacy Malkan is co-founder of the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which
    leads the movement to get toxic chemicals out of personal care products.
  • She exposes the toxic truth about everyday personal care products.
  • Co-sponsored with Sustainability and Environmental Studies.


Awards For “Not Just a Pretty Face”:

  • 2010 Best of Green Award for best Fashion/Beauty Book
  • The Gift of Knowledge: Six Green Reads
  • Wall Street Journal recommendation by Kathy Gerwig, Kaiser Permanente
  • San Francisco Library Green List of Recommended Eco Reads

Stacy Malkan’s Ted Talk: