- Speaker: Scott Russell Sanders
September 8, 2017
7 p.m. York Performance Hall and Galleries
Truth, Faith, and Service Series
Scott Russell Sanders was born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1945. His father came from a family of cotton farmers in Mississippi, his mother from an immigrant doctor’s family in Chicago. He spent his early childhood in Tennessee and his school years in Ohio. He studied physics and English at Brown University, graduating in 1967. With the aid of a Marshall Scholarship, he pursued graduate work at Cambridge University, where he completed his Ph.D. in English in 1971. From 1971 until his retirement in 2009, he taught at Indiana University, from 1995 onward as Distinguished Professor of English.
Among his more than twenty books are novels, collections of stories, and works of personal nonfiction, including Staying Put, Writing from the Center, and Hunting for Hope. His recent books include A Private History of Awe, a coming-of-age memoir, love story, and spiritual testament; A Conservationist Manifesto, his vision of a shift from a culture of consumption to a culture of caretaking; and Earth Works, a selection of his best essays from the past thirty years. His latest book is the novel Divine Animal, a story of healing. His forthcoming books include Dancing in Dreamtime: Stories and a new edition of Stone Country.
Sanders has received the Lannan Literary Award, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Great Lakes Book Award, the Kenyon Review Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, and the Indiana Humanities Award, among other honors, and has received support for his writing from the Lilly Endowment, the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature named him the 2009 winner of the Mark Twain Award; in 2010 he was named the National Winner of the Glick Indiana Authors Award; in 2011 the Fellowship of Southern Writers presented him with the Cecil Woods, Jr. Award in Nonfiction; and in 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
He is currently at work on a collection of short stories, a book about the meaning of wealth, and a collection of essays about the role of writing in an age of climate disruption. His writing examines the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relation between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, Ind., in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.
- Speaker: Charles Myricks, Jr.
September 21, 2017
Centennial Chapel/Convocation Speaker Series
Charles Myricks’s business career has included positions in sales, marketing, and management at IBM and InterBold. He had the honor of being the first African American to occupy the office of vice president and general manager for one of the top five Christian music labels. He served for five years as the VP/GM of Word Gospel Records in Nashville, Tenn. Under his leadership, Word Gospel’s recordings garnered several Grammy, Dove and Stellar Awards. He was also instrumental in distributing the first multi-platinum gospel recording in the modern era of Gospel music.
As the founder of “Divine Hope” a gospel music ministry, he traveled extensively throughout the U.S, Europe and South Africa sharing a unique blend of original, contemporary, jazz inflected gospel music. With multiple recordings to their credit, Divine Hope was also the grand prize winner of the 700 Club/Star Song Records National New Artist Search. Chuck has written two musicals; “The Miracle of Love” a Christmas musical on the love story of Joseph and Mary and.” Paul: A Musical Journey” a full length Opera, focusing on the life of the Apostle Paul. In 2016 under commission by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, he created a new arrangement of Spirituals called “There’s a Stirrin in the Water.” Currently, he is working on a new musical on the life of King David scheduled to premiere in 2017.
Answering a call of God on his life, he entered full time ministerial service an assistant Pastor at Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio. Currently he serves as the chief operating and development officer of the National Association of the Church of God West Middlesex, Pa. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) and the Board of Directors of Youth Excellence Performance Arts Workshop (Akron, Ohio).
He is a graduate with special distinction in marketing and management from Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.). He has a Master’s degree in homiletics from Ashland Theological Seminary and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree (Anderson University).
He is married to Sherilyn Beverly Myricks and they have three children Kathryn Elizabeth, Kristen Nichelle and Charles James III.
- Speaker: Kristian Andersen
October 12, 2017
11 a.m. Reardon Auditorium
Centennial Chapel/Convocation Speaker Series
Kristian Andersen is currently a co-founder and partner at High Alpha - a Venture Studio that conceives, launches and scales enterprise technology companies. Prior to High Alpha, he founded Studio Science - a leading design + innovation consultancy that works with high-growth technology companies.
Kristian is an active angel investor and co-founder of Gravity Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund that invests in tech-focused startups. Kristian has co-founded a few startups, including; TinderBox, Lessonly, Visible.vc and Pathagility. Along the way, he's had the privilege of advising a number of others.
Kristian sits on several start-up and non-profit boards, co-founded The Speak Easy & Indy Made, and serve as a mentor at The Iron Yard, RunUpLabs, and the ARK Challenge accelerators. Kristian is a 1996 graduate of Anderson University. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and 6 children.
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