Professor Mursalata Muhammad to present at Third Thursday Speaker Series

Third Thursday Speaker Series: Claude Harvard, Dublin Georgia, and Me

Even though inventor Claude Harvard lived in Dublin, Georgia, until he was about 10, he was a Detroiter. He NEVER spoke of his life in Georgia or his original first name, which was not “Claude.” No amount of prompting could move him past this statement: “I was born when my mother brought me to Detroit.” As a 10-year-old “newborn” – Claude set to the task of learning as much as possible about radios and machinery. These interests gave him the engineering foundation for his later inventions, the bulk of which were invented while he worked at Ford Motor Company.

GRCC instructor and educational architect Mursalata Muhammad will gather and present the fragments of Claude Harvard’s life scattered about the internet, printed in an oral history, and rooted in her lived experiences with him. In the words of Mursalata, “This presentation is my attempt to tell you a story that brings together what is most worth telling in this moment.”


  • WHERE: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI  48202
  • WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 6-9 p.m.
  • RSVP: Tickets for the event are free. Registration is available through Eventbrite.

Condolences to friends, family of Jim Bogdan

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of former History Professor and Social Sciences Divisional Chair, Jim Bogdan (Fr. Jim), who has passed away. Jim served GRJC/GRCC from 1959 until his retirement in 1993.

Services will be held Friday, May 25, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Fr. Jim’s full obituary is available on MLive: