ESCONDIDO — A January lecture series is being video-streamed live through Jan. 23 at Escondido’s Calvin College. The 2020 January Series will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday on campus, 1868 N. Broadway. Each of the 15 presentations will be shown live on a large screen and are free and open to the public.
The 15 speakers will offer perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics.
Presenters in 2020 will include:
- 10. Sandra Postel, “Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle Of Water And Prosperity.” An authority and author on global water issues, Postel promotes the preservation and sustainable use of freshwater. She directs the independent Global Water Policy Project, based in New Mexico, and is the co-creator of Change the Course, a national water stewardship initiative.
- 13. Jonathan Haidt, “The Coddling Of The American Mind: How Good Intentions And Bad Ideas Are Setting Up A Generation For Failure.” Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
- 14. Cathy O’Neil, “Weapons Of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality And Threatens Democracy.” O’Neil is the author of “Weapons of Math Destruction,” and a columnist for Bloomberg View and founded the company ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company.
- 15. Deborah and James Fallows, “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into The Heart Of America.” Fallows, a writer for the Atlantic, and Deborah, a linguist and writer, spent five years visiting small towns and cities in America, flying a small propeller airplane, to capture firsthand a portrait of the civic and economic reinvention happening across the country, outside the spotlight of national media.
- 16. “The 5 Browns In Concert” The piano playing quintet, The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously to New York’s Juilliard School.
- 17. Bob Fu, “When Caesar Demands To Be God: Religious Freedom In China,”
Fu was born and raised in mainland China and was a student leader during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations for freedom and democracy in 1989. A former dissident and pastor of an illegal underground church in Beijing, Fu and his wife Heidi fled to the United States as religious refugees in 1997.
- 20. Alice Marie Johnson, “After Life: My Journey From Incarceration To Freedom.”
In 1996, Johnson was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence plus 25 years without parole for her role in a nonviolent federal drug case. This was her first and only conviction. After she served 21 years, her life sentence was commuted in 2018 by President Donald Trump, with the help of Kim Kardashian West.
- 21. Mitch Albom, “A Little Girl, An Earthquake, And The Making Of A Family.” Albom is an author, columnist, radio host, and philanthropist.
- 22. Ann Compton, “Up Close And Very Personal: My 41 Years In The White House Press Corps.” Compton is a veteran of the White House press corps. She joined ABC News in 1973 and was the first woman assigned to cover the White House by a television network.
- Jeremy Everett, “Solving America’s Hunger Crisis” Jan. 23. Everett is the founder and executive director of the Texas Hunger Initiative.
- 24. Johan Norberg, “Progress: 10 Reasons To Look Forward To The Future,”
Norberg is an author, lecturer, documentary filmmaker, and a native of Sweden. He lectures about entrepreneurship, global trends and globalization.
- 27. Karen Gonzalez, “The God Who Sees: Immigrants, The Bible, And The Journey To Belong.” Gonzalez is an immigrant from Guatemala—now living in Baltimore, Maryland—a non-profit professional, currently working for World Relief, an organization in Baltimore, Md., that serves immigrants and refugees.