More than 150 students, faculty, and members of the local community gathered on Tuesday evening, March 18, for Dr. Caroline Faria’s talk related to her fieldwork in East Africa: Styling a Nation: Fear and Desire in the South Sudanese Beauty Trade. Dr. Faria is an assistant professor of geography at Florida International University. She delivered this distinguished lecture as part of the International Geographical Honor Society’s Visiting Geographical Scientist Program for the GRCC Social Sciences Department Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference.
Then, on March 19 more than 120 people gathered for Dr. Alicia Decker’s talk related to her research in Africa: Recalling the Legacy of Amin: Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion in the Shaping of Memory in Uganda. Dr. Decker is an assistant professor of African studies and women’s studies at Purdue University. She also delivered this lecture for the GRCC Social Sciences Department Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference.
The Social Sciences Department hosts Pamela Alderman and Kizombo Kalumbula as they present at the first lecture of this year’s Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference. Monday, March 10th from 6:30-8:30pm in Room 108 Sneden Hall, they will present their talk: Courage Ablaze and The Hidden War in the Congo. They will have art work to view along with a Congolese choir to entertain and educate. Please encourage any and all to attend. This event is free and open to the public.
“Confronting Mechanisms of Control: Race, Gender and Religion in Colonial Mexico”
GRCC’s Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference, sponsored by the Social Sciences Department and the International Geographical Honor Society, continues through March 28. For a schedule of events, click here.
GRCC’s Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference is scheduled for March 25 to 28, 2013.
Here are some highlights:
Identity, Tourism, and Racialization in New Orlean’s Jackson Square
Rebecca Sheehan, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University (GTU Visiting Speaker)
Patriotism and its Effects on Public Opinion on Foreign Policy: Comparing the Cases of the
USA and Ireland
Karen Devine, Ph.D., Dublin City University (Visiting Fullbright Scholar Speaker – Columbia University)
The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America
Keynote: Edward Blum, Ph.D., San Diego State University
For more information, click here.
Last week’s Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference sponsored by the Social Sciences department produced a treasure trove of excellent learning opportunities. In case you weren’t able to attend, here is some more video captured by GRCC’s Media Technologies department:
Jim Crow Museum Walkthrough With Dr. David Pilgrim of Ferris State University
Conversation with a Geographer: Kate Swanson
I am a Woman’s Rights With GRCC Professor Susan Williams
Last week GRCC’s Social Sciences department hosted its fourth annual Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference featuring a variety of superb presentations. Courtesy of GRCC’s Media Technologies department the rest of those presentations are now also available on Youtube:
Kate Swanson presents “Exploring Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Childhood in the Andes: A Geographical Perspective” at GRCC’s Race and Ethnicity Conference
Professor Heather Forrest presents “Race, Ethnicity, and the Hispanic Vote in American Politics” at GRCC’s RAe and Ethnicity Conference
Professor Dillon Carr presents The Historical Landscape of Grand Rapids
Professor Keith St. Clair presents Race and Politics in Modern Brazil
Professor Robert Hendershot presents Idlewild’s Rapture: Race, Power, and Culture in America’s “Black Eden,” at GRCC’s Race and Ethnicity Conference:
Thursday, March 29th
Politics of Immigration in the European Union
1:00-2:30 p.m. | Assistant Professor Gordan Vurusic, GRCC
The Japanese-American Experience in World War II
3:00-4:00 p.m. | Professor Yan Bai, Ph.D, GRCC
Exploring Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Childhood in the Andes: A Geographical Perspective
7:00-8:30 p.m. | G.T.U. Keynote: Kate Swanson, Ph.D, San Diego State | University; Location: Calkins Science Center
In case you haven’t been able to attend all of the amazing sessions held during the Social Science Department’s Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference, GRCC’s intrepid Media Technologies Department has already started publishing them to YouTube:
Race and Ethnicity Conference: The Myth of the Post-Racial Society
Race and Ethnicity Conference: Beyond the 11th
Race and Ethnicity: Field Studies in Geography
The Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference continued Tuesday with a panel discussion featuring 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.
Wednesday, March 28th
Race, Ethnicity, and the Hispanic Vote in American Politics
1:00-2:30 p.m. | Assistant Professor Heather Forrest, GRCC
“I am a Woman’s Rights”: Color, Class and Feminism in the Early Twentieth Century
3:00-4:30 p.m. | Assistant Professor Susan Williams, GRCC
Last night at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, the Race Ethnicity and Identity Conference hosted Susan Retik, one of the founders of “Beyond the 11th,” is a non-profit organization that provides support to widows in Afghanistan who have been affl icted by war, terrorism & oppression.
Tuesday, March 27th
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
2:00-3:30 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
8:00-9:30 p.m. | Assistant Professor Dillon Carr, Ph.D, GRCC