Presidential Colloquium

The Presidential Colloquium is a semiannual lecture series that brings prominent internationally known thinkers to Hope to share their insights on the academy, leadership, and global civic engagement.

Upcoming Speakers: Fall 2015 Presidential Colloquim

  • David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author
    “The Value and Relevance of a Faith-Based Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century”
    September 30, 2015

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    The Presidential Colloquium lecture series will begin its third year with New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

    The Presidential Colloquium brings prominent internationally known thinkers to the college to share their insights on the academy, leadership and global civic engagement. The Sept. 30 event will address the theme “The Value and Relevance of a Faith-Based Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century.”

    Brooks, who is also a commentator for PBS NewsHour, is the editor or author of several books, including most recently The Road to Character. He will receive an honorary degree from the college during his visit.

    Hope students may receive one free ticket with a valid student ID, and members of the college’s faculty and staff may receive two free tickets with a valid faculty or staff ID. The free tickets for faculty and staff will be available beginning Monday, Aug. 24, and for students will be available beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

    Tickets cost $10 for the general public and will go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 2, contingent upon availability following the campus distribution.  They will be sold both online at hope.edu/tickets and at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office.

    As part of the Presidential Colloquium, a panel discussion featuring college presidents will be held on campus from 3–4 p.m. on September 30.

Past Speakers