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Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES)


(440) 826-2157

Campus Location

Bonds Hall
275 Eastland Rd.
Berea, OH 44017-2088

Office Hours

Summer (May 6 - Aug. 23, 2024): Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Academic Year:
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Upcoming Events


The Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES) Office provides the opportunity for an enriched learning environment for students, faculty, staff and the local community. ACES partners with academic departments and student organizations to bring intellectual and cultural services and programs to campus throughout the academic year.

ACES offerings include a broad range of speakers, field trips, performing arts, films and special programming that encompass diversity topics and international awareness of global issues. Past events include notable speakers such as Dr. James H. Cone, Cornel West, Mayor Cory Booker, Dick Vitale, Dick Gregory, Yolanda King, Morris Dees, Rev. Joseph Lowrey, Rev. Bernice King, Rev. James Lawson, Kevin Powell, Richard Rodriguez, Ben Stein, Anna Deavere Smith and more.

ACES is involved in the following:

  • Planning all aspects of academic and cultural performing arts events including contract negotiations, publicity/promotion and travel arrangements.
  • Coordinating an educational program series with the First-Year Experience program and Curriculum Committee as well as special core curricular supplemental programs.
  • Coordinating and/or assisting with Martin Luther King, Jr. Week, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and other special programs.
  • Serving as the main sponsor of Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series.
  • Providing community relations by meeting regularly with community leaders and residents to promote, enhance and nourish support of upcoming programs as well as "town and gown" relationships.
  • Maintaining collaborative relationships with BW's Multicultural Student Services, Diversity Affairs, Voices of Praise (VOP) Gospel Choir, People of Color United (POCU) and its member organizations, UNIDOS, Student Life, Student Activities and the Black Forum.
  • Bringing artists from around the world to campus and having student volunteers host them.
  • Assisting faculty, staff, students and student organizations in developing and implementing programs, while maintaining a great programming resource with a wide variety of possible speakers and guest artists.
  • Providing diversity awareness and training presentations ranging from one hour to three days.
  • Providing opportunities for students to build their resumes by working first hand with diverse people and programming.

ACES World Music Series and Sponsored Programs

ACES and World Music Series

All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. For more information on the World Music Series, or if you would like to be on our mailing list, please contact the ACES office at (440) 826-2157.