Bruce Berglund, “How Putin Played the Game: Russia and International Sports in the Post-Soviet Era” (video recording) "How Putin Played the Game: Russia & International Sports in the Post-Soviet Era" (Talk by Dr. Bruce Berglund, Calvin University, 16 November 2022) After Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, governing bodies in world sport banned Russian athletes and removed events from Russia. Leaders of these organizations referred to Russia's unprovoked attack on …

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John Bernbaum: Why Did Putin Invade Ukraine & Why Should Christians Care? (video recording)

Is it possible to know why Putin decided to attack Ukraine in February 2022 and what he is hoping to achieve? Can Ukraine survive this attack from its much larger northern neighbor? And how should followers of Jesus understand the dynamics of this war and what should our response be? Join us for a talk by Russian history specialist and visiting scholar Dr. John Bernbaum.

Bruce Berglund: Understanding Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine (video recording)

Why has Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine? In justifying the attack, the Russian president cited the history of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, as well as recent political events in Ukraine. A historian of the region helps us understand Putin's view of the post-Soviet world and how he pushed Russia into war.

Immigration Debates in America (video)

Talk by Will Katerberg "Immigration Debates in America" (Talk by Prof. William Katerberg, Calvin University, February 21, 2022) Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) Lecture American immigration policies have changed significantly over the past 200 years, but debates over more restrictive versus more open policies have recurring themes. Should the U.S. restrict immigration to …

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Scriptural Reasoning, Medieval Style: Interfaith Dialogue in Twelfth-Century Paris (video recording)

1150. Unlike most of his contemporaries, Andrew often spurned the Christian meaning of the text, in favor of interpretation he found in contemporary Jewish commentators. In this text, we can see him grapple with faith traditions other than his own, and come to sometimes surprisingly new insights, in dialogue with the rabbis of the Jewish community in Paris. In Andrew’s commentaries, we hear a voice that stands in stark contrast to our common image of the medieval world as dominated by Crusades and religious persecution.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez on political conflict in west Michigan churches (video)

Calvin historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of New York Times best seller Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation appeared on local news channel WOOD TV8 alongside Michael Gulker, president of the Colossian Forum for a Q&A and reaction to WOOD's Target 8 feature: "Under God, Divisible: Political conflict deepens rift among Christians." Professor Du Mez is also interviewed for the feature article.