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2016 Race, Ethnicity and Identity Lectures

All events are free and open to the public. Please check back for upcoming events and refer to the list below for an example of previous lectures.


Date:        March 16, 2016
Time:        7 p.m.
Location:   Fountain Street Church
                24 Fountain Street NE
                Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Stuck in the Middle With You: Parenthood in Three Genders
by Jennifer Boylan**, Author, Political Activist and Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Columbia University’s Barnard College

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of the memoir Stuck in the Middle With You: Parenthood in Three Genders, one of
the first best-selling works by a transgender American. She is an activist for LGBT people—transgender men and women in particular—through her writing, her involvement with the board of directors of GLAAD and the board of trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.
**Partnering with Woodrick Diversity Learning Center


Date:         April 11, 2016
Time:         7 p.m.
Location:    108 Sneden Hall
                 GRCC DeVos Campus
                 415 Fulton Street, E
                 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

People and Plants: Conservation of Forests and Cultures
by Maria Fadiman, Geographer, Ethnobotanist and Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Maria Fadiman, associate professor of Geography at Florida Atlantic University and author of numerous publications devoted to ethnobotany and sustainable development, is known for her TEDx talks in the U.S. and Mexico on people and plants in tropical ecosystems. Maria engages in fieldwork in Latin America and Africa and has received funding from the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Society for research relating to cultural geography and ethnobotany. In 2006, she earned distinction as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and in 2015, she was honored as one of only 40 geographers listed by the International Geographical Honor Society as distinguished Visiting Geographical Scientists. Maria teaches courses in world regional geography, conservation, and culture and the environment. She is currently writing about the cultural geography of tropical rainforests.