The Donald Bouma Lecture Series is regularly offered by Calvin College's sociology department to provide a context for discussion of contemporary social issues.

Donald H. Bouma was a graduate of the college and taught at Calvin from 1946 to 1960. He was instrumental in establishing the Calvin sociology department and also served as the new department's chair.

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Past lectures

Nov. 6, 2013: Todd Robinson
"A City Within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan" 
Listen to Dr. Robinson's lecture (Download)
(Please note that the Q&A at the end was not recorded in its entirety.)

Nov. 2, 2011: Mary Pattillo
"Race, Poverty, and 'Choice' Policies" 
Watch a video from the Pattillo lecture (Download)

April 22, 2010: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
"There's a Spirit that Transcends the Border: Religious Activists for Immigrant Rights"

Oct. 8, 2009: Christian Smith
"Understanding the Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults in the U.S."

April 3, 2008: Sudhir Venkatesh
"Law & Order in the Urban Ghetto” 
Watch a video from the Venkatesh lecture (Download)

May 1, 2006: Thomas Sugrue
"Jim Crow’s Last Stand: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Suburban North”

April 8, 2005: John Evans
"Religious Opinions Concerning Human Reproductive Genetic Technologies”

April 10, 2003: Mark Warren
"Building Multiracial Alliances: Morality, Interests, and the Search for Common Ground”

May 2, 2002: Gary D. Bouma
"Hijabs, Scientology & Citizenship: Religion as Perpetrator and Victim of Public Policy”

Nov. 7, 2001: Michael Emerson
"What Difference does it make that Sunday is the Most Segregated Time of the Week?”

Oct. 19, 1999: John McKnight
"Building New Communities from the Inside Out”