All events are held at the Falany Performing Arts Center, unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, February 22 - Bannister Glasshouse
Although February is the shortest month of the year, the student and faculty organizers behind the Black History Month events at Reinhardt University hope to make this event one of the most influential and impactful, by bringing black history, experiences, perspectives and culture to the forefront of campus conversation. The keynote address will be delivered by Tony Harrison, whose business, Cousins Maine Lobster, has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. In addition to Mr. Harrison’s comments on taking managed risks to be successful, Reinhardt students will be offering songs and reading passages from writers such as Maya Angelou, August Wilson, and W.E.B Dubois.
Topic Overview: Tina Savas, entrepreneur, speaker and author of the book, Women of True Grit, will draw from her many years of experience interviewing highly successful people and how they achieved their Vision. Students will gain valuable insight and tips for reaching their dreams and accomplishing their goals.
Savas will have her book available (for students only) at $10.
About Tina Savas: Ms. Savas works with organizations that want to create awareness of women’s issues, encourage entrepreneurship and shatter the glass ceiling.
She is among the first wave of women entrepreneurs in Birmingham, Alabama and is a self-confessed “Serial Entrepreneur.” In 1983, she founded the Birmingham Business Journal newspaper, followed by Alabama Health News, Alabama Construction News, and Birmingham Weekly, the area’s only weekly alternative newspaper and winner of national editorial awards. Her newspaper legacies include “The Birmingham 100,” “Top 40 Under 40,” “Best in Business” awards and the “Top Birmingham Women” award. She has served on local boards for community development, advised numerous foundations, colleges and hospitals and won many awards during her career. She hosted a weekly radio show, has appeared on television shows and is featured in the book, Italians in the Deep South, as one of the “newer generation” of Italians making “waves.”
In her book, “Women of True Grit,” Savas interviews and shares the stories of women who were first in their field: Pioneers in their industries and communities…Women who knocked on the glass ceiling and then busted through…Women who have indeed “reached their destination of Leadership and Success.”
Savas believes young women will benefit from inspiring voices of yesterday, a frank discussion of women’s roles today, and clearer options for a better future. Her passion, as a Speaker and Trainer, is to make sure all young women (and men) are free to execute those options.
Topic Overview: On Wednesday, November 16, the Reinhardt community had the opportunity to celebrate the Thanksgiving season through worship together. Students led liturgical portions of the service and Rev. Goshorn preached. The service focused on reasons we give thanks, even in the midst of the kinds of hardships the season can bring. The service represented the student-centered nature of campus ministry at Reinhardt by featuring students for every part of the liturgy except preaching.
Former CNN news anchor; Reinhardt alumna & valedictorian
About Sachi Koto: As a veteran of CNN, Koto served as a news anchor for CNN Headline News based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta. During her tenure at CNN, Koto anchored for CNN Radio, CNN Airport Network, CNN International and CNN QuickCast. She also produced, wrote and anchored for Turner South, Turner Entertainment Group’s entertainment network dedicated to southern style programming.
Before joining CNN in Atlanta, Koto worked as an anchor for Tokyo’s JCTV (Japan Cable Television) – CNN’s affiliate station and for Nippon Hoso Kyoku (NHK) Radio, also in Tokyo. Previously, she was a reporter for WQXI radio station in Atlanta from 1974-1975 and for CNN affiliate WAGA-TV in Atlanta from 1975-1977.
Koto has received multiple honors and awards for her reporting, including the National Star of Asia 2002 Award. She also received the “Honorary Texan Award” by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the “Honorary Citizen Award” by Austin, Texas, Mayor Gus Garcia. She was awarded Honorary Member of the Japan America Society by Japanese Consul General George Hisaeda and was appointed as commissioner to the Asian-American Commission for a New Georgia by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
Koto is a third-generation Japanese American, born and raised in Atlanta. Koto was the first Japanese on-air talent in the Southeast and the first Asian on-air talent in Atlanta.
A presidential scholar, Koto graduated summa cum laude from Reinhardt College with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She also earned a diploma in Japanese language and culture from the Gendai Japanese School in Tokyo.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Georgia
About Dr. Haynes: Dr. Haynes’ research focuses on the nexus of candidate communication strategy and the news media within the context of presidential nomination campaigns. She is also interested in the innovative strategies of political parties and candidates as they work to adapt to new electoral environments as well as differences across partisans and their implications for behavior. As to teaching, she is interested in using “new media” in the classroom with the aim of producing an “interactive” learning environment that encourages continued learning outside the classroom.
Topic Overview: Racial reconciliation seems to be every thoughtful person’s goal amid our racial conflicts, but there can be no reconciliation without solidarity in the work of racial justice. The Bible offers a rich vision of interracial justice and unity, but a review of American history reveals a systematically racialized society, with continued effects today. The talk will focus on three things everyone can do to make progress toward racial justice and reconciliation.
Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics; Director, Center for Theology & Public Life, Mercer University
About Dr. Gushee: Rev. Dr. David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. One of the leading moral voices in American Christianity, he is the author or editor of 21 books, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Changing Our Mind, and Evangelical Ethics. His next book, aiming to help Christians think about American public life, is called Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends. It will be out in Fall 2016.
Dr. Gushee is the recently elected Vice-President of the American Academy of Religion and President-Elect of the Society of Christian Ethics. He blogs twice weekly at Religion News Service, and serves on the boards of Sojourners and the Center for Victims of Torture. He has lectured on six continents. Professor Gushee, a husband, dad, and grandfather, lives in Atlanta with his family.