GRCC Diversity Lecture Series Speakers Announced

Topics Examine Peace, Race, Religion, Latinos in the U.S. and Women’s Lives, All are free and open to the public at Fountain Street Church

Grand Rapids Community College has released the lineup for their 16th annual Diversity Lecture Series for the 2010-11 academic year. True to its name, this year’s series will cover diverse topics, including peace, the legacy of the Latino in the U.S., religious literacy, race in the Age of Obama, and the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman.

Chris Arnold, director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, says choosing among the expert and experienced speakers on topics that affect our global marketplace and our individual lives is “both thrilling and daunting. There are always more significant topics than we can address in one line up.”

This year’s series starts a month earlier than in past years so that the lecture by Avraham Burg, Peace Activist, Political Leader, Author, can tie into GRCC’s Fall Peace Studies Conference. Burg, who advocates for pluralism and tolerance and a more liberal approach to the Middle East conflict, will speak on Finding Reconciliation in An Era of Fear on September 29. (For information on GRCC’s Peace Studies Conference, go to

On October 20, Filmmaker and Human Rights Activist Barbara Martinez Jitner will present On the Border of A New America: Wall of Shadows. Jitner is the inspiration behind the 2008 film Bordertown, based on her research on Juarez , Mexico made notorious by the murder of over 400 women. She has studied the legacy of Latinos in the US and how what is happening at our southern border affects this community and the entire country.

All of the Diversity Lectures are free and open to the public. Each is held at 7 PM and most are followed by a book signing. GRCC now holds all of the lectures at Fountain Street Church. A complete list of this year’s speakers is attached with this e-mail and is also available on the website.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for nearly 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification & training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as seven community campuses throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.

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GRCC In The News 8-20-10

What you need to know before riding the weekend waterslide

Bob Brenzing Updated:8/20/2010 9:21:45 AM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – If you are planning on slip-sliding down Lyon Street this weekend on the large inflatable waterslide, there are a few things you should know.

First, the slide will be open from 8:00am until 10:00pm on Saturday and Sunday on Lyon Street between Lafayette and Division. This is near the Grand Rapids Community College campus. GRCC’s Bostwick Ramp has all-day passes for just $3. If that is full, the downtown city ramps provide the best parking.