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“A Divine Madness: Creativity, Genius, and Mental Illness”.

March 19, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library
Presenter: Dr. Brian Stogner

In this presentation, Dr. Brian Stogner, clinical psychologist and President of Rochester College, will explore the sometimes tenuous line that separates genius from madness and review some striking examples of the connections between artistic genius and severe mental illness. 

 

 

“Genius of the Early Christian Mission”

April 2, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Rochester College Auditorium
Presenter: Dr. Mark Love

Have you ever stopped to consider that the earliest Christians preserved the sayings of Jesus in a language other than the one he spoke? Or that we read those same words in a language other than the one the biblical writers used? This willingness to translate the words of Jesus is one example among many of the fairly bold cultural instincts of early Christianity, what some see to be the genius of the faith. This presentation will consider the cultural dexterity of early Christian writers and the beliefs that authorized these bold approaches. 

 

“Suffragette Genius”

September 10, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library
Presenter: Dr. Anne Nichols

This presentation will explore how Harriet Beecher Stowe and Elizabeth Cady Stanton leveraged science and theology to advance the role of women in nineteenth-century America. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Genius of George Washington”

October 23, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Presenter: Dr. David Greer