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Distinguished Speakers and GRCC Geography
2009-2016

The GRCC Geography program has played a significant role in contributing to the arrangement of more than twenty speakers and roundtable discussions in Grand Rapids since 2009. Listed here are only those which were filmed and made available on youtube through GRCC TV. The World Affairs Council’s Great Decisions series, a GRCC conference devoted to peace studies, and a symposium commemorating the founding of the United Nations offered forums for a number of speakers. Yet, a majority of lectures were delivered as part of the annual conference on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity, which emerged from an annual symposium on African American history in 2010. Of the four keynote speakers in the last conference, which was held in March of 2015, three were geographers. Although the Race, Ethnicity, and Identity symposium has been discontinued, Visiting Geographical Scientists, sponsored each year by the International Geographical Honor Society and the Association of American Geographers, will continue to be scheduled to offer lectures in future years.

Jessie Clark, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Nevada, Reno
Our Allies in the Middle East: The Future of Kurdistan
29 February 2016, World Affairs Council Great Decisions Series

Anne Bonds, Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Colorblindness and Geographies of Racial Violence
26 March 2015, GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference

Courtney Gallaher, Assistant Professor of Geography and Women’s Studies, Northern Illinois University
Linking Environmental Justice and Community Empowerment through Urban Agriculture in Southern/Eastern Africa 
24 March 2015, GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference

*Marie Price, Professor of Geography and International Affairs, George Washington University
Diffusion, Deflection and Diversity: A Geographic Perspective on Contemporary Migration
23 March 2015, GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference

Becky McDonald, President, Women at Risk International, Amanda Colegrove, Coalition Organizer, Coalition Against Trafficking & Exploitation, Crime Victim Advocacy Center, St. Louis, Missouri, Judy Emmons, Senator, Michigan 33rd District
Human Trafficking: In Everyone’s Backyard
23 February 2015, World Affairs Council Great Decisions Series

Alicia Decker, Assistant Professor of African Studies and Women’s Studies, Purdue University
Recalling the Legacy of Amin: Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion in the Shaping of Memory in Uganda
19 March 2014, GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference

*Caroline Faria, Assistant Professor of Geography, Florida International University
Styling a Nation: Fear and Desire in the Southeast Sudanese Beauty Trade
18 March 2014, GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference

Yael Aronoff, Serling Chair in Israel Studies and Associate Professor in International Relations at James Madison College, Michigan State University
U.S.-Israeli Relations in a Changing Middle East
24 February 2014, World Affairs Council Great Decisions Series

Michael DeVivo, Professor of Geography, Grand Rapids Community College, Gerald Nyambane, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Davenport University, and Deborah Steketee, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business, Aquinas College
Out of Africa: Food Security and Water Shortages
17 February 2014, World Affairs Council Great Decisions Series

Leon Yacher, Professor of Geography, Southern Connecticut State University
The Role of Journalism in Post-Soviet Central Asian Countries
21 October 2013, UN 2013–Grand Rapids: A Symposium to Commemorate the Founding of the United Nations

Yael Aronoff, Serling Chair in Israel Studies and Associate Professor in International Relations at James Madison College, Michigan State University
In Pursuit of Peace: Israel and the Palestinian Authority
21 October 2013, UN 2013–Grand Rapids: A Symposium to Commemorate the Founding of the United Nations

Michael DeVivo, Professor of Geography, Grand Rapids Community College
Global Citizenship and Higher Education (begins at the one-hour mark)
21 October 2013, UN 2013–Grand Rapids: A Symposium to Commemorate the Founding of the United Nations

Gordan Vurusic, Associate Professor of Political Science, Grand Rapids Community College, Keith St. Clair, Professor of Political Science, Grand Rapids Community College, and Joel Westra, Associate Professor of Political Science, Calvin College
The United Nations: Retrospect and Prospect
21 October 2013, UN 2013–Grand Rapids: A Symposium to Commemorate the Founding of the United Nations

Alyson Mabie, President, Lambda Upsilon Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, Grand Rapids Community College, Heather Pribble, Secretary, Lambda Upsilon Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, Grand Rapids Community College, Tony Baker, Director, Ferris State University Center of Latin Studies, Rosa Fraga, Principal of San Juan Diego Academy, John Matias, Community School Coordinator, Arbor Circle, at Burton Elementary and Middle School, Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, CEO, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Hispanic Education in Western Michigan
27 March 2013, GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference

*Rebecca Sheehan, Associate Professor of Geography, Oklahoma State University
Identity, Tourism, and Racialization in New Orlean’s Jackson Square
25 March 2013, GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference

*Kate Swanson, Assistant Professor of Geography, San Diego State University
Exploring Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Childhood in the Andes: A Geographical Perspective
29 March 2012, GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference

Brian Woodin, Adrienne Ozinga, Kara Apodaca, Sarah Nusbaum, and Lindsey Harris, Lambda Upsilon Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, Grand Rapids Community College
Field Studies in Geography at GRCC: Ethnicity and Food in Western Michigan and Searching for Understanding South Africa
27 March 2012, GRCC Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference

*Leon Yacher, Professor of Geography, Southern Connecticut State University
Ethnicity, Settlement, Conflict and Reconciliation in Central Asia: A Geographical Perspective
7 April 2011, GRCC Race and Ethnicity Conference

Donald Mansir, Professor of Theology, St. Mary’s College and formerly the Vice-President for the Pontifical Council for Palestine
Peace, Nature, Nurture, Theology, and Culture in the Conflicts of the Holy Land
29 September 2010, GRCC Peace Studies Conference

Bryan Groves, Colonel, U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations
Peacekeeping and Stability Operations: Participation in UN, Regional Organization Peacekeeping Operations
28 September 2010, GRCC Peace Studies Conference

*Marie Price, Professor of Geography and International Affairs, George Washington University
Immigration in a Global Age: Cities, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Place
18 February 2010, GRCC Race and Ethnicity Conference

*Leon Yacher, Professor of Geography, Southern Connecticut State University
African Americans in New Haven, Connecticut: A Historical Geography
26 February 2009, GRCC African American History Conference

*Visiting Geographical Scientist Distinguished Speaker