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2014 Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference

ALL EVENTS are scheduled at The Devos campus in Sneden Hall, Multi-purpose Room 108, unless specifically noted.


Monday, March 10

6:30-8:30 p.m. - Pamela Alderman and Kizombo Kalumbula: Courage Ablaze and The Hidden War in Congo Featuring Les Clay, a Congolese Choir

KEYNOTE - Wednesday, March 12

7:00-9:00 p.m. - Michele Norris: Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race  (No Video Available)

LOCATION: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Social Sciences Department is partnering with the Diversity Lecture Series to present Keynote Speaker Michele Norris who is currently a host and special correspondent for NPR. Norris served as co-host of NPR’s news magazine All Things Considered. Norris relates how intended to write a book about America’s hidden conversations about race but discovered much had been hidden from her by her family. Her parents kept the stories of racial injustice and pain to themselves because they wanted their children “to soar.” Norris suggests that silence has some rewards and many costs. She seeks to uncover and encourage real conversation around family and race.

Interview of Michele Norris prior to lecture:

Monday, March 17

9:30-11:00 a.m. - Professor Cedric Williams, D.D.: Invisible Disability Identity

Tuesday, March 18

9:30-11:00 a.m. - Dr. Robert Hendershot: Nationalism and Diverse Identities in South Asia: Intersections of Caste, Class, Skin Color and Religion in the Republic of India

3:00-5:30 p.m. - Professor Steve Abid: “The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964” Documentary and Panel Discussion

6:30-8:00 p.m. - Dr. Caroline Faria: Styling a Nation: Fear and Desire in the South Sudanese Beauty Trade

Wednesday, March 19

6:30-8:00 p.m. - Dr. Alicia Decker: Recalling the Legacy of Amin: Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion in the Shaping of Memory in Uganda

Thursday, March 20

6:00-8:30 p.m. - Mr. Steve Tryon: Accountability Citizenship: Toward Effective Information-age Governance


All events are sponsored by the GRCC Social Sciences Department, the International Geographical Honor Society, and Grand Rapids Community College.

All events are free and open to the public.

Special thanks to Dr. Gilda Gely, Provost/Executive V.P., Academic & Student Affairs, GRCC, and Dr. Laurie Chesley, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, GRCC.