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January Series returns for 24th year

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With speakers ranging from Temple Grandin, the most well-known adult with autism, to former baseball star Cal Ripken, Jr., The January Series works to present a wide variety of speakers and topics for their free lecture series. Lectures run weekdays Jan. 5-25 from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the free events in the Fine Arts Center auditorium. Parking and a shuttle are available across the East Beltline at the Prince Conference Center.  

For those who cannot make it to the campus, January Series organizers have provided ways to watch the event at remote locations such as the Ladies Literary Club downtown (61 Sheldon SE) and to listen online via live streaming.  

For over 20 years, the January Series has brought in speakers from a variety of fields to Grand Rapids and presented them to the public free of charge. Topics this year include "Einstein's God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit" (Krista Tippett), gang intervention through job training (Father Greg Boyle), "Beyond Multi-Culturalism to True Community" (Nikki Toyama-Szeto), and the Kiva story told by cofounder Jessica Jackley. For more details and a full description of each day's lecture, visit Calvin's page dedicated to the January Series.

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