Afternoon Sabbatical brings new lineup of diverse programs for 2015-16 series

The 2015-16 Afternoon Sabbatical series at Goshen College will feature musical performances, trips, meals and lectures focusing on topcs from around the world to right here in Goshen.

Now in its 38th year, the series has worked to connect the community and the college through programs and presentations that highlights the expertise of both community members and Goshen College faculty.

Afternoon Sabbatical programs are typically held each second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall or the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall. The programs are usually free and open to the public, with exceptions on the luncheon and the bus trips. For more information on this year’s series, contact the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566. 


Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. in The Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall
“Historic Downtown Goshen, a New Direction for a Neighborhood,” lecture by Eric Kanagy and Gina Leichty

Discover what Gina Leichty, along with 2003 GC grad Eric Kanagy, have done to promote positive growth in the city of Goshen. Kanagy, founder of RedPost, a digital sign advertising company, and Leichty, co-owner of Eyedart Creative Studio, work with Downtown Goshen, Inc. (DGI), an organization that works to promote the growth of the city of Goshen. Free and open to the public.


Dave Ostergren

Tuesday, Oct. 13 at noon in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
International Luncheon: “Cuba: a Land of Paradox,” lecture by Dr. David Ostergren

In Cuba, citizens are guaranteed education, medical care and water. Additionally, the food in Cuba is high quality, grown with few pesticides and fertilizers, yet not all Cuban citizens can enjoy. Ostergren, director of the graduate program in environmental education at GC, will share his findings from doing extensive research on one of the most protected area systems in the world in Cuba. Cost: $22.



Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. in The Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall,
“Affordable, High Quality Primary Care—from Oxymoron to Reality,” lecture by Dr. James Nelson Gingerich

Discover Dr. James Nelson Gingerich’s vision for the future of Maple City Health Center. He will share about the newest direction of the health care center, serving the needs of its community by providing quality health care for its clients. Free and open to the public.


Lion King

Saturday, Dec. 12 at Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, all day event
Christmas Bus Trip to “The Lion King”

“The Lion King” is in its 18th year, and has been enjoyed by more than 75 million people in 19 countries. The beloved musical is making its return to Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The live show’s musical score features familiar and new music by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as Lebo M., Julie Taymor and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by music from the original film. Cost: $135 (includes travel, a loge and dress circle best seating ticket, and a sack lunch on the way home). For more information contact the GC Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.



Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. in The Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall,
“The Norell Piano Duo Presents Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’,” by Dr. Mary Rose and Dr. Luke Norell

Come ring in the Christmas season with Luke and Mary Rose Norell, also known as the Norell Piano Duo, and their performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” played on two pianos. Their performance will also feature works by Bach and Liszt and will conclude the college’s Afternoon Sabbatical programs 2015. Free and open to the public.



Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. in The Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall,
“All about that Bass (and Tenor),” lecture by Dr. Scott Hochstetler and Steve Snyder

Come explore choral music of lower registers as the GC Men’s Chorus and the Goshen High School Crimson Men’s Choir, led by Dr. Scott Hochstetler and Steve Snyder, make music together. Dr. Hochstetler and Snyder will lead their ensembles in both solo and joint selections. Free and open to the public.


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Tuesday, March 8 at 1 p.m. in The Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall,
“Conflict Within Islam: The Sunni-Shia Divide,” lecture by Dr. Marlin Jeschke

Dr. Marlin Jeschke, professor emeritus of philosophy and religion, returns to GC to present his research on the Sunni-Shia division within Islam. The split occurred in the first generation of Islam and continues to generate conflict in the Islamic world. Jeschke is looking into what it is that makes this conflict continue. Free and open to the public.




Tuesday, April 12 at 1 p.m. in The Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall
“May Term in England,” lecture by Dr. Doug Caskey, Dr. Debra Detwiler Brubaker and Dr. Randy Horst

Dr. Debra Detwiler Brubaker, professor of music, Dr. Doug Caskey, professor of theater and Dr. Randy Horst, professor of art, have led the May Term course “Arts in London” on many occasions. Come live vicariously through these three GC professors as they offer glimpses into lectures, visits to art galleries, theater and music performances, as well as day trips to Coventry, Stratford-upon-Avon and Salisbury from their adventures in London, England. Free and open to the public.


May 2016 bus trip, to be announced