Ballenger Eminent Persons Lecture Series
The College Board of Trustees asked The Foundation for MCC to return the Ballenger series to the greater Flint community. The Ballenger Trust underwrites the necessary finances to offer a free lecture series and create a Ballenger Chair at MCC to provide in depth instruction into urban studies. In April of 2005, the series was launched with nationally renowned Film Director Spike Lee. A grant was obtained to offer a Spike Lee Film Festival prior to his speaking engagement.
Every two years a Ballenger Chair is selected from among MCC faculty by a select committee. The Chair's responsibility is to lead the charge for this initiative in his/her field of expertise. Since 2005, the following faculty have been appointed Ballenger Chairs: Terrance Stewart, Robert Dudock, James Shurter, Lisa Banks, Michelle Montpas, Dalton Connally.
April 16, 2019
The Ballenger Lecture Series presented Pulitzer Prize winner and Author of a national best seller Enrique’s Journey , Sonia Nazario.
May 11, 2018
The Ballenger Lecture Series presented Actress, Comedian, Singer, Activist and Author of The Mother of Black Hollywood, a memoir, Jenifer Lewis.
April 7, 2016
The Ballenger Lecture Series presented Mental Health advocate and award-winning actor Sean Astin.
April 13, 2015
The Ballenger Lecture Series presented "The Role of Leadership in the Quest for Health Equity" Featuring former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher.
October 25, 2013
The Ballenger Lecture Series presented "Financing Your Business" Featuring a panel discussion and break-out sessions with an eye toward steering the entrepreneur to help to finance their business plans.View the Program for this event PDF document
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April 11, 2013
The Ballenger held The Bear Trap, an Entrepreneurship Competition, inspired by ABC12's Shark Tank on April 11, 2013. Presentations were given at 3 levels: high school, college, and community.
The winners of the Bear Trap Entrepreneurship Competition were announced Thursday, April 18, 2013. The winners in all three categories are:
- High School:
- 1st place - Saterra Hill, Just 4 Me Kids Fitness Camp, a 501(c)3 started to encourage kids 5-12 to exercise for fun. Saterra is a sophomore at Genesee Early College on the campus of UM-Flint.
- 2nd place - Adam Brown, Adam Brown Technologies, producing devices to aid in mobility for the physically challenged. Adam is a senior at Lincoln High School in Owosso.
- 3rd place - Psalm Bingham, Carpe Diem, a cafe and cupcake/bakery. Psalm is a student at Flint Southwestern High School.
- 1st place - Chad Bergstrom, Bright Advances, a producer of lighted Christmas and other holiday and specialty decorations. Chad is a Business Management major.
- 2nd place - Connie Bowren, Hideout Refuge & Cafe, a teen cafe and activity center. Connie is a Culinary Student.
- 3rd place - Lisa Long, Lisa's Chocolate Creations, a company specializing in custom chocolate treats. Lisa is an Accounting major.
- 1st place - Eric Smith, Grown-Up Foods, a hydroponics company specializing in fresh fish and vegetables.
- 2nd place - Ankhasia Lewis, The Butter Lid, a unique lid designed for popcorn lovers.
April 13, 2012
The Ballenger presented "Create, Build, Succeed: An Entrepreneurial Conference."
Keynote speaker was David Tarver, author of "Proving Ground." Breakout sessions were held featuring Randy Seale/Music Producer • LuAnn JenkinsMedical Billing • Deitria Hodo/Event Planner • Marge Murphy/Restaurant Owner • Sally Kagerer>/Hardware Store Owner • Robb Klaty/Restaurant Owner • David Tarver/Author-Proving Ground. Our closing session featured a panel discussion with our speakers as well as Citizens Bank representatives April Orange and John Hunter, Jr.
David Tarver, author of "Proving Ground"
October 13, 2011
Patti Smith was featured on October 13, 2011. Student musicians accompanied Ms. Smith as she sang. Punk rock's poet laureate, Patti Smith, ranks among the most influential female rock and rollers of all time.
April 8, 2011
Tony ShalhoubEmmy, Golden Globe and SAG winning actor of MONK
October 8, 2010
Making a Living in the Arts
Keynote AddressErnie Gilbert, Illustrator
Breakout Sessions Included:
- Ernie Gilbert
- Illustrator/Ceramics:"What is Life Like Being a Freelancer?" featuringRyan Claytor, Pat Hardin
- Other Career Paths in Theater:"Working Behind the Scenes in Theater"Ronald Blakely, Bill Irwin, Colette Hawkins
- Motion Picture Trickery:Visual EffectsRick Shick (live video conference from Austin, Texas)
- Photography/Visual Arts:Capturing the Essence of Flint or Preserving Flint's HistoryGordon LaVere, Lavarne Ross, Bill Stolpin, Stefan Davidek
- Acting:What is it Like to Make a Living as an Actor?Ben Cain, Kay Kelly, Tom Mahard, Steven Carpenter
- Music:Avoiding Pitfalls in the Music IndustryIvan Griffin, Mary Margaret St. John, Jason Lantrip
- Closing Session:Panel Discussion - Q&A
April 14, 2010
The Ballenger featured Kathleen Glynn, noted Film and Television Producer, in April 2010. Kathleen Glynn is the Executive Producer of Dog Eat Dog Films, Inc. and has made seven feature documentaries since 1989. In 2009, she produced “Capitalism: A Love Story” which won the Little Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. In 2006 she was the Executive Producer of “SiCKO,” a film that highlights the lack of health care in America. “SiCKO” was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards. In addition, Kathleen produced the critically acclaimed documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11.” One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year of 2004, “Fahrenheit 9/11” won the Palme D’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film festival and went on to break box office records for documentary film. In 2002 Glynn received worldwide acclaim for the documentary, "Bowling for Columbine,” ! including the 55th Annual Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, France’s César Award for best foreign film, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Academy Award in 2003 for best documentary. With director Michael Moore, she produced and was responsible for films such as ”Roger & Me” (1989), “Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint,” “Canadian Bacon,” and “The Big One” (1998).
November 4 & 5, 2009
In Fall 2009, a 2-day workshop on Nanotechnology was held featuring:
Topics included: Nanotechnology - Inspiring the Exceptional and The Different Views of Nanotechnology
March 25, 2009
On March 25, 2009, Ballenger featured an outstanding panel of experts on Stem Cell Research which included:
former Congressman Dr. Joe Schwarz
October 24, 2008
Mothers of Invention: Women In Science was held October 24, 2008, and featured keynote speaker Dorceta Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology and Associate Professor of Afro-American
and African Studies, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)and panelists Amy Cheng Vollmer, PhD, Professor of Biology, Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania), Tammy Chang, MD, Physician of Family Medicine and Founder/Director of Health in Action (Ann Arbor,
Michigan), Jennifer Fillion, MA, Professor of Anthropology, Archeology and Forensics, Mott Community College (Flint,
Michigan), and Terri Lynch-Caris, PhD, Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Kettering University
April 17, 2008
Dr. Jared Diamond An American evolutionary biologist, physiologist, bio-geographer, and professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for "Guns, Gems and Steel", discussing the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations.
October 4, 2007
Renowned Civil Rights Attorney, co-founder and chief trial counsel of the non-profit organization, Southern Poverty Law Center.
May 24, 2007
African-American pop star, civil rights advocate and ardent champion of humanitarian causes
October 26, 2006
The Future of Flint: New Voices of the Entrepreneurial Spirit Young entrepreneurs who chose to start businesses in Flint
April 5, 2006
Lech Walesa, Former President of Poland, Leader of the Polish Solidarity Movement and 1993 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
William Johnson, former Mayor Rochester, New York
“The Urban Challenge”
Spike Lee, Award-winning Film maker
“Race in Films and Society”
|Hiatus||1996 – 2005|
|Jim Barcia||Congressman, 1996|
|Debbie Stabenow||Congressional Candidate, 1996|
|Carl Levin||U.S. Senator, 1994|
|Asa Hilliard||Black Historian, 1993|
|Bob Talbert||Newspaper Columnist, 1993|
|Christy Whitman||New Jersey Governor, 1992|
|John Engler||Governor, 1992|
|Woodrow Stanley||Flint Mayor, 1992|
|Uri Huppert||Israeli Political Analyst, 1991|
|Lamar Alexander||Secretary of Education|
|Yolanda King||Daughter of MLK, 1990|
|Henry Cisneros||Secretary of HUD|
|Clark Durant||Political Candidate|
|John Loftus||Author, Holocaust|
|Jim Blanchard||Governor 1989|
|Ellie Wiesel||Holocaust Survivor, 1988|
|Maggie Kuhn||Grey Panthers Organizer, 1988|
|Wyatt Tee Walker||Civil Rights Activist, ML King Aide, 1988|
|Cesar Chavez||Chicano Civil Rights Activist, 1987|
|Don Riegle||U.S. Senator|
|Elanor Smeal||Pres. NOW, 1986|
|Allen Ginsburg||Poet, 1985|
|William Buckley||Conservative Columnist, 1984|
|Russell Kirk||Conservative Columnist, 1983|
|Harold Wilson||British Prime Minister, 1983|
|Henry Steele||Commander, Historian, 1983|
|Art Buchwald||Humorist, 1982|
|Mortimer Adler||Philosopher, 1982|
|Robert Taft, Jr.||U.S. Senator, 1982|
|Dale Kildee||Member of Congress|
|Doug Frazier||Labor leader, 1976|
|Leonard Woodcock||Labor leader, 1976|
|Jesse Jackson||Civil Rights Activist, 1977|
|Dizzy Gillespie||Musician, 1977|
|Leslie Stahl||Network News Reporter, 1977|
|Geraldo Rivera||Talk Show Host, Activist 1977|
|Peter Jennings||Journalist, 1976|
|Marv Rettenmund||Baseball Player, 1976|
|Sidney Harris||Political Columnist, 1976|
|Robert Theobald||economist, futurist 1975|
|Martha Griffiths||Congresswoman, Lieut. Gov. 1975|
|Ramsey Lewis||Musician, 1975|
|Cannonball Adderly||Musician, 1975|
|Stan Kenton||Musician, 1975|
|Mark Lane||JFK Assassination Expert, 1975|
|Mary Calderone||SEICUS, 1974|
|Edwin Baron||Hypnotist, 1974|
|Sol Gordon||Sex Expert 1974|
|Florence Howe||Feminist, 1974|
|Stanton Friedman||UFO Expert, 1974|
|Margaret Meade||Anthropologist 1974|
|Tom Jarrell||Journalist, 1974|
|Ralph Houk||NY Yankee, Baseball Clinic 1974|
|Dick Gregory||Activist, Comedian, 1964, 1972|
|Susan Stark||Movie Reviewer, 1973|
|Vincent Persichetti||Composer, 1973|
|James J. Kilpatrick||Columnist, 1973|
|Julian Bond||Black Activist, 1972|
|Richard Austin||Secretary of State, 1972, Commencement|
|William Kunsler||Activist Attorney, 1972|
|Forence Kennedy||Feminist Activist, 1972|
|John Sinclair||Student Activist, 1972|
|Muddy Waters||Musician, 1972|
|Gene McCarthy||U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate, 1972, 1982|
|Ti-Grace Atkinson||Feminist, 1971|
|Marlene Sanders||TV News Reporter, 1971|
|Edward P. Morgan||News Commentator, 1971|
|Bill Baird||Birth Control Expert, 1971|
|Bill Russell||B-ball player, 1971|
|William Milliken||Governor, 1970|
|Frank Mankiewicz||Political Analyst, 1970|
|Jack Anderson||Syndicated Columnist, 1970|
|Dr. Sidney Cohen||LSD Expert, 1970|
|Pete McClosky||Anti-War, Environmental Member of Congress 1970|
|David Shoenbrun||Journalist, 1970|
|Alex Haley||Writer, 1969|
|George Plimpton||Writer, 1969|
|John Scali||Newsman, 1968|
|A.D. King||M.L. King's Brother, 1968|
|John Ciardi||Poet, 1969|
|John Davidson||Singer, 1968|
|Roger Williams||Singer, 1968|
|Stanley Kaufman||Art Critic,1968|
|Sir Tyronne Guthrie||Playwright,1968|
|Jules Bergman||Journalist, 1967|
|Josh White||Folk Singer, 1967|
|Harrison Salibury||Journalist, 1967|
|Bill Mauldin||Cartoonist, 1967|
|Chad Mitchell Trio||1964|
|Vance Packard||Writer, 1963|
|Daniel Schorr||Journalist, 1963|
|Norman Cousins||Journalist, 1962|
|Harrison Salisbury||Journalist, 1961|
|William Shirer||Writer, 1962|
|Alistair Cooke||Journalist, 1961|
|Ahmad Jamal||Musician, 1960|
|Harry Golden||Writer, 1960|
|Willy Ley||Scientist, 1959|
|Buckminster Fuller||Inventor, 1959|
|Stan Kenton||Bandleader, 1959|
|Werner Von Braun||Rocket Scientist, 1957|
|Lowell Thomas||Radio Commentator, 1955|