Photos: Skubick of “Off The Record” Presents At GRCC

Tim Skubick, anchor and producer of the weekly public television series “Off the Record,” and longtime political reporter, discussed politics and the upcoming elections in a town hall meeting at GRCC’s Sneden Hall on October 25.  Skubick is doing a number of town hall meetings in West Michigan, offering insights about candidates and helping participants understand a variety of election issues.

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Your Voice Matters – Non-Partisan Political Forum and Voter Registration

“Your Voice Matters” – a non-partisan political forum and voter registration event will be held on GRCC’s campus at Sneden Hall (415 E. Fulton St.), room 108 (the multi-purpose room) on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  It’s your chance to ask questions about the upcoming election, get educated and register to vote so you can make sure your voice is heard.

The event is free and open to the public.

GRCC Students Explore the Meyer May House

HS 293 Visits Meyer May House

The HS293 seminar class about the era of WWI and the interwar period, taught by Prof. Susan Williams and Prof. Robert Hendershot, had the opportunity to visit the city’s famous Meyer May House this past week. Designed by the paradigm-shifting architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the tour of the house fit extremely well with the course’s themes of modernism and social change. We are extremely grateful to Steelcase (which owns and operates the house) and to the expert guides who facilitated this wonderful learning opportunity.

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This special history seminar includes numerous interdisciplinary components, and the faculty and students are extremely grateful to all the other faculty members from across the campus who are contributing their time and expertise to its success.

Professor Keith St Clair on The Arab Spring and Prospects for Democracy Lecture

Professor Keith St. ClairThe World Affairs Council of West Michigan presents “The Arab Spring and Prospects for Democracy” with GRCC faculty member Keith St. Clair as part of its Fall Lecture Series on Tuesday, November 8 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM with Q&A to follow.  The event takes place in Upper Donnelly Hall at Aquinas College.

The lecture addresses: “What is the probability for democracy in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring? How would democracy impact the Arab world and beyond? These important questions can be explored by first considering the strengths and weaknesses of democracy. Is democracy a double-edged sword presenting as many problems as it solves?”

The cost to attend is $10 for Council Members, $15 for non-members, and free to Senator, Ed Partners and Corporate members.

Free, convenient parking. Click here for map.  Click here for the brochure.

Discussing the Egyptian Revolution (2/24/11)

GRCC Professor Roland Gani (Egyptian born) and Professor Keith St. Clair will facilitate discussion on the 2011 revolution in Egypt. The event will take place Thursday, February 24, 6p-8p, ATC 168 Auditorium on the GRCC Main Campus and is free and open to all.

Speaker Bios:

Mr. St. Clair is a tenured Political Science Instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. He has been teaching political science there since 2002 and can be seen frequently on its cable channel 28. He teaches government and international relations. He holds two degrees from Illinois State University: a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. While in graduate school, he interned in London working as a research assistant for a Member of the British Parliament. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East.

He has lived in West Michigan since 1997 with his wife Alice. Mr. St. Clair serves on the board of the Michigan Conference of Political Scientists. He remains active in the World Affairs Council of West Michigan and has been a guest lecturer for the National Issues Forum at the Dirksen Congressional Center.

Mr. Gani was born in the suburb of Cairo, Egypt called Kubbeh Gardens in 1934 to European parents, who were also born in Egypt. Gani’s paternal grandparents, the father came from Greece, the mother from Italy. His maternal grandparents, the father from France and the mother from Spain. Their presence in Egypt was the result of the influx of Europeans who came at the invitation of the Khedive Ismail, the then ruler in Egypt in the late 19th century to modernize the country, and hence the reason for finding myself in that land.

As Europeans they enjoyed a somewhat privileged existence in many of their circumstances having to do with economic status, educational opportunities, and overall standard of living. This was an obvious difference that did not bode well for Europeans as Egyptians began to demand a greater say in their existence, especially after WWII. Gani was very fortunate to have attended a British school under the auspices of the Anglican church in Egypt. He graduated in 1950. The school was also attended by upper class Egyptian students, hence the dichotomy that often created the gap between the haves and havenots, so exemplified by the recent events.

After three generations of Gani’s family living in Egypt, it became obvious that it was not going to be very comfortable for most Europeans to continue to live in Egypt, especially with the advent of Col. Nasser and his 1952 revolution, overthrowing King Farouk, the first of what was to become the military rule with Anwar Sadat and till today with Hosni Mubarak. In 1956 Gani’s family emigrated to Canada and the following Gani traveled to the U.S. to attend Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He graduated in 1961 with B.A. in political science and religion. After some interval of work back in Canada for three years Gani returned to the States to begin his pastoral role in Bedford, Indiana. In 1967 He attended Indiana University for a year and a half of premed and subsequently attended the I.U. medical school as a graduate student in anticipation of admission and earning an M.D.

Gani moved to Michigan in 1976 and after several stints of a pastoral role and medical practice, serendipitously became acquainted with Dr. Marinus Swets in 1988 who gave him his present job in the English Dept. at GRCC which he has held for the past 23 years.

Gani speaks five languages of which Arabic, French, and English are his mother tongues. This is typical of Europeans of his background and he has found it very useful in much of his teaching, which were in addition to English composition, included Humanities, Philosophy, and Multicultural literature.

An Inside Look at Iran With Keith St. Clair (3/18/10)

An Inside Look at Iran with Keith St. Clair

GRCC will present “An Inside Look at Iran” with Social Science Professor Keith St. Clair on March 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the ATC Auditorium (room 168).  The lecture will cover St. Clair’s recent trip to Iran and the current political/cultural climate.

More: St. Clair was recently interviewed by WOOD TV’s EightWest about his trip.

Photos: Race and Ethinicity Conference Underway

GRCC Race and Ethnicity Conference

GRCC’s “Race and Ethnicity Conference,” (created to support learning about cultural diversity during Black History Month) is now underway.  These photos come from this morning’s lecture “Not a Trace of Race…Biologically Speaking: How Science Refutes the Myth of Race” which featured a panel including Laurie Foster (GRCC); Sarah Krajewski (GRCC), Tim Hoving (GRCC); and Matt Douglas, Ph.D. (GRCC).

GRCC Race and Ethnicity Conference

The conference is free and open to the public, all events are held in the Calkins Science Center Auditorium on the third floor (SCIE 248) and the conference is sponsored by the GRCC Social Sciences Department, the International Geographical Honor Society, and Pearson Education Publishing.

GRCC Race and Ethnicity Conference

Journey to the Sultanate of Oman with Keith St. Clair

Journey to the Sultanate of Oman with Keith St. Clair
Thursday September 17th at 420 Cook Hall 3-4pm

GRCC Professor of Political Science Keith St. Clair will discuss his participation in a Leadership Mission to Oman with the World Affairs Council of America.  The presentation will include photos accompanied by his insights into the social and political situation in Oman.