2018-19 Diversity Lecture Series lineup includes Political Outlooks, Civil Rights, and Feminism Today

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series XXIV. 2018-19. Celebrating 24 Years of Diverse Voices. October 24, 2018. Ana Navarro. GOP Strategist and Political Contributor to CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo. “Political Outlook.” Ana Navarro is a Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. She also is a political contributor on ABC’s “The View.” The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful.” She has served as ambassador to the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission, devoting much of her energy to condemning human rights abuses in Cuba. Navarro has also worked in the private sector, representing private and public clients on federal issues, particularly related to immigration, trade, and policy affecting Central America. February 13, 2019. Bakari Sellers. CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer, and Activist. “Education, Civil Rights, and Equality: Cornerstones for our Future.” Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at the age of just 22, he defeated a 26-year incumbent to become the youngest member of the South Carolina Legislature and the youngest African-American elected official in the nation. In 2014, he was South Carolina’s Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. In addition to serving on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voice for his generation. He has been named to Time magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2010, 2014, and 2015; and “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. He has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC, including in appearances on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “Morning Joe.” He now serves on the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s National Council. March 20, 2019. Jessica Valenti. Renowned Feminist Author and Journalist. “Feminism Today.” Jessica Valenti has led the national conversation on modern feminism for more than a decade. A New York Times best-selling author of five books and a columnist at the Guardian US, she has also been widely credited with sparking the online wave of the women’s movement. Valenti’s “The Purity Myth” was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation, and “Yes Means Yes” inspired sexual assault legislation of the same name across the country and on campuses. Her most recent book, “Sex Object: A Memoir” was called “bold and unflinching” by Publishers Weekly. Valenti’s articles have topped the most-read lists at The Atlantic, the Guardian US, and The Washington Post. She has also written for The New York Times, Salon, The American Prospect, Bitch, Ms. Magazine, and The Toast. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/lecture or call (616) 234-3390. All lectures begin a 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Free and open to all. ASL interpreted. Book signing will follow Navarro and Valenti lectures. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Find us on Facebook. Grcc.edu/lecture. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion in Partnership with GRCC’s Social Sciences Department. Culture of inclusion Vision Statement: GRCC promotes full access and participation in all aspects of our community through policy, practice, and pedagogy that respects the inherent dignity of each individual. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations please contact the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at (616) 234-3390.

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