2012 Race and Ethnicity Conference

A collage of pictures depicting people of different races and cultures.


All events are sponsored by the GRCC Social Sciences Department, the International Geographical Honor Society, and Grand Rapids Community College.  Special thanks to Gilda Gely, Ph.D (Provost, GRCC), Laurie Chesley (Dean, School of Arts and Sciences), the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia and Ferris State University. All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, March 23

Guided Tour of Jim Crow Museum (Big Rapids, Michigan).

Seating is limited to the first 40 requests. Busing available. Please contact Mike Light (mlight@grcc.edu) or Stacey Herrick (sherrick@grcc.edu or (616) 234-4283) for more information. noon-5 p.m. Tour Facilitated by: Professor Mike Light, GRCC and Associate Professor Lisa Gloege, Ph.D, GRCC

Monday, March 26

The Myth of the Post-Racial Society
10-11:30 a.m. | Professor Cedric Williams, GRCC

Idlewild’s Rapture: Race, Power, and Culture in America’s ”Black Eden”
3:-4:30 p.m. | Professor Robert Hendershot, Ph.D, GRCC

Beyond the 11th: The Power of Humanity
7:30-9 p.m. | Keynote: Susan Retik: Co-Founder of Beyond the 11th | Location: Spectrum Theatre

Beyond the 11th is a non-profit organization that provides support to widows in Afghanistan who have been afflicted by war, terrorism & oppression.

Watch the trailer for the Beyond the 11th Documentary on the right sidebar.

Tuesday, March 27

Reflecting the Community and Student Body: GRCC’s Efforts to Diversify Staff
9:30-11:00 a.m. | Panel Discussion: Professor Steve Abid; GRCC; Dr. Gilda Gely, Provost; Cathy Wilson, Executive Director of Human Resources; Dr. Laurie Chesley, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences; Eric Williams, Executive Director for Equity, Community & Legislative Affairs and Fiona Hert, Dean of the School of Workforce Development; Chris Arnold, Director of Diversity Learning Center.

Field Studies in Geography at GRCC Special Topics: Ethnicity and Food in Western Michigan and Searching for Understanding South Africa
2-3:30 p.m. | Facilitator: Professor Mike DeVivo, GRCC and GRCC Geography Students: Brian Woodin, Adrienna Ozinga, Kara Apodaca, Sarah Nusbaum and Lindsey Harris

Race and Politics in Modern Brazil
6:15-7:45 p.m. | Professor Keith St. Clair, GRCC

Grand Rapids and the People Without History: The Historical Landscape of the City of Grand Rapids
8-9:30 p.m. | Assistant Professor Dillon Carr, Ph.D, GRCC

Wednesday, March 28

Race, Ethnicity, and the Hispanic Vote in American Politics
1-2:30 p.m. | Assistant Professor Heather Forrest, GRCC

“I am a Woman’s Rights”: Color, Class and Feminism in the Early Twentieth Century
3-4:30 p.m. | Assistant Professor Susan Williams, GRCC

Thursday, March 29

Politics of Immigration in the European Union
1-2:30 p.m. | Assistant Professor Gordan Vurusic, GRCC

The Japanese-American Experience in World War II
3-4:00 p.m. | Professor Yan Bai, Ph.D, GRCC

Exploring Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Childhood in the Andes: A Geographical Perspective
7-8:30 p.m. | G.T.U. Keynote: Kate Swanson, Ph.D, San Diego State | University; Location: Calkins Science Center

Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference | Social Science Department