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The Calvin Center for Faith & Writing (CCFW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fostering scholarship and and community around the literary arts. Our flagship initiative is the Festival of Faith & Writing (#FFWgr), a biennial celebration of literature and belief in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Welcome to recordings from the 2017 Festival of Faith & Music. The biennial festival brings together musicians, critics, journalists, artists, and listeners for three days of concerts, lectures, and conversations that explore the intersection of music and spirituality. What follows is a conversation between Jessica Hopper and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. Jessica is a music journalist who has written for everyone from Spin to GQ to Rookie. She’s also written two books, The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom and The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. She currently serves as the executive editor at MTV News. Hanif is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His current poetry collection is titled The Crown Ain’t Worth Much and his first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, is due out winter 2017. In this session Jessica and Hanif discuss the importance of diverse representation in pop culture and of working in creative communities. The conversation was recorded on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 31st, 2017. Thank you to everyone who spoke or performed or attended the 2017 Festival of Faith & Music. These recordings were produced in collaboration between the Student Activities Office at Calvin College and the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. You can find more recordings from the 2017 Festival of Faith & Music and short films from the festival concerts at ccfw.calvin.edu.
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Sly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, THE FORTUNES by Peter Ho Davies recasts American history through the lives of four Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience. Spinning fiction around fact, Davies uses stories—three inspired by real historical characters—to examine the process of becoming not only Chinese American, but American. Released just this fall, THE FORTUNES has garnered swift and widespread critical acclaim. Davies, who is also faculty in the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, will read from his novel and discuss the challenges of writing fiction inspired by real people and how his own experience of becoming American since immigrating 25 years ago informed the book. PETER HO DAVIES is the author of two novels, THE FORTUNES and THE WELSH GIRL (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and two short story collections, THE UGLIEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD (winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize) and EQUAL LOVE (A New York Times Notable Book). His work has appeared in HARPERS, THE ATLANTIC, THE PARIS REVIEW, THE GUARDIAN, AND THE WASHINGTON POST among others, and has been widely anthologized, including selections for PRIZE STORIES: THE O. HENRY AWARDS and BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES. In 2003 GRANTA magazine named him among its Best of Young British Novelists. Davies is also a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a winner of the PEN/Malamud Award. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, he now makes his home in the US. He has taught at the University of Oregon and Emory University, and is currently on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This series is presented in partnership with: African & African Diaspora Studies at Calvin College Ambrose @ WMCAT The Asian Studies Program at Calvin College Brazos Press The Calvin Center for Community Engagement & Global Learning The Calvin College Campus Store The Calvin College Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion The Calvin College History Department The Calvin College Office of the Provost The Calvin College Department of Sociology & Social Work Heyns Fund The Calvin College Student Life Division The Calvin Theater Company The Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice Event and Tech Services at Calvin College The Paul B. Henry Institute at Calvin College Schuler Books and Music
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In THE DEAD WRESTLER ELEGIES, up-and-coming poet W. Todd Kaneko mines the history of professional wrestling to examine complex relationships between fathers and sons and makes the wrestling ring an allegory of childhood, desire, and loss. All this as an Asian American and in spite of the racist melodramas that frequently play out in the personas of the wrestlers and between the athletes and audience. Kaneko will read from his book and discuss the racial dynamics of the sport, writing from and about Asian masculinity, and the literary properties of spandex. W. TODD KANEKO is not cool enough to be a rock star, not tall enough to be a professional wrestler and not virtuous enough to be a super hero. He is the author of THE DEAD WRESTLER ELEGIES (Curbside Splendor). His poems, essays and stories can be seen in BELLINGHAM REVIEW, LOS ANGELES REVIEW, BOXCAR POETRY REVIEW, BARRELHOUSE, THE COLLAGIST, [PANK], PAPER DARTS, MENACING HEDGE, BLACKBIRD, THE HUFFINGTON POST, SONG OF THE OWASHTANONG: GRAND RAPIDS POETRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, 99 POEMS FOR THE 99 PERCENT and many other journals and anthologies. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Washington. A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, his work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. He is currently co-editor for WAXWING magazine, and an assistant professor in the department of writing at Grand Valley State University. Originally from Seattle, he currently lives in Grand Rapids with the writer Caitlin Horrocks. This series is presented in partnership with: African & African Diaspora Studies at Calvin College Ambrose @ WMCAT The Asian Studies Program at Calvin College Brazos Press The Calvin Center for Community Engagement & Global Learning The Calvin College Campus Store The Calvin College Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion The Calvin College History Department The Calvin College Office of the Provost The Calvin College Department of Sociology & Social Work Heyns Fund The Calvin College Student Life Division The Calvin Theater Company The Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice Event and Tech Services at Calvin College The Paul B. Henry Institute at Calvin College Schuler Books and Music
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A popular blogger and widely traveled speaker on racial justice and reconciliation, Austin Channing Brown will be doing a reading based on her upcoming book about the burdens her black body carries by virtue of living and working in spaces characterized by whiteness. Her reading will be followed by a conversation about the authors—Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ntozake Shange, and Audre Lorde, among others—whose work has been the lifeblood for her own writing. AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN is a speaker and writer advocating for justice and racial reconciliation. A graduate of North Park University and Marygrove College with a master's degree in social justice, Austin currently serves as a resident director and multicultural liaison at Calvin College. Connect with Austin on Twitter @AustinChanning and on her website at http://austinchanning.com/. This series is presented in partnership with: African & African Diaspora Studies at Calvin College Ambrose @ WMCAT The Asian Studies Program at Calvin College Brazos Press The Calvin Center for Community Engagement & Global Learning The Calvin College Campus Store The Calvin College Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion The Calvin College History Department The Calvin College Office of the Provost The Calvin College Department of Sociology & Social Work Heyns Fund The Calvin College Student Life Division The Calvin Theater Company The Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice Event and Tech Services at Calvin College The Paul B. Henry Institute at Calvin College Schuler Books and Music
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Listen to the extended version with community response and Q&A here: Jim Wallis speaks about his latest book AMERICA'S ORIGINAL SIN: RACISM, WHITE PRIVILEGE, AND THE BRIDGE TO A NEW AMERICA at Calvin College on Monday, September 12. JIM WALLIS is a bestselling author, public theologian, preacher, and activist. He is the founder and leader of Sojourners, a publishing platform, organization, and global network whose mission is to put faith into action for social justice. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. Jim is the author of 12 books, including AMERICA'S ORIGINAL SIN: RACISM, WHITE PRIVILEGE, AND THE BRIDGE TO A NEW AMERICA and GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT. This event was free and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of the following organizations: African & African Diaspora Studies at Calvin College Ambrose @ WMCAT The Asian Studies Program at Calvin College Brazos Press The Calvin Center for Community Engagement & Global Learning The Calvin College Campus Store The Calvin College Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion The Calvin College History Department The Calvin College Office of the Provost The Calvin College Department of Sociology & Social Work Heyns Fund The Calvin College Student Life Division The Calvin Theater Company The Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice Event and Tech Services at Calvin College The Paul B. Henry Institute at Calvin College Schuler Books and Music
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Jim Wallis speaks about his latest book AMERICA'S ORIGINAL SIN: RACISM, WHITE PRIVILEGE, AND THE BRIDGE TO A NEW AMERICA at Calvin College on Monday, September 12. He is followed by responses from local leaders providing perspectives on race in Grand Rapids and on campus, and then the panel will respond to questions from the audience. JIM WALLIS is a bestselling author, public theologian, preacher, and activist. He is the founder and leader of Sojourners, a publishing platform, organization, and global network whose mission is to put faith into action for social justice. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. Jim is the author of 12 books, including AMERICA'S ORIGINAL SIN: RACISM, WHITE PRIVILEGE, AND THE BRIDGE TO A NEW AMERICA and GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT. MIKA EDMONDSON is the pastor of New City Fellowship OPC, a church plant in Southeast Grand Rapids. He recently earned a PhD in systematic theology from Calvin Seminary, where he wrote a dissertation on Martin Luther King Jr.'s theology of suffering. ELISHA MARR is an assistant professor of sociology at Calvin College. Although her current research and publications focus on transracial adoption, Marr’s work extends into the intersection of race, class, and gender in society. She seeks to add to the sociological understanding of how media and popular culture impact public opinion and shape policy and practice. This event was free and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of the following organizations: African & African Diaspora Studies at Calvin College Ambrose @ WMCAT The Asian Studies Program at Calvin College Brazos Press The Calvin Center for Community Engagement & Global Learning The Calvin College Campus Store The Calvin College Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion The Calvin College History Department The Calvin College Office of the Provost The Calvin College Department of Sociology & Social Work Heyns Fund The Calvin College Student Life Division The Calvin Theater Company The Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice Event and Tech Services at Calvin College The Paul B. Henry Institute at Calvin College Schuler Books and Music
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