Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting its Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference, inviting speakers from across the region and country to speak on a wide range of issues. Events occur March 25 – 28 in room 108 of Sneden Hall, located at 433 E. Fulton in Grand Rapids. All events are free and open to the public.
Monday, March 25
11:15 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.: “Equality and Justice: A Normative Perspective,” presented by Gordan Vurusic, assistant professor of political science at GRCC
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: “Latino Voting in the 2012 Election,” by Heather Forrest, assistant professor of political science at GRCC
7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.: “Identity, Tourism, and Racialization in New Orlean’s Jackson Square,” by Rebecca Sheehan of Oklahoma State University (GTU Visiting Speaker)
Tuesday, March 26th
2:45 p.m.- 5 p.m.: “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” a film following the story of prolific studio artists the Funk Brothers through the 1960s.
7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.: “Patriotism and its Effects on Public Opinion on Foreign Policy: Comparing the Cases of the USA and Ireland,” by Karen Devine of Dublin City University (a visiting Fullbright Scholar Speaker – Columbia University)
Wednesday, March 27
10:45 p.m.- 12:15 p.m.: “Confronting Mechanisms of Control,” by Robert Hendershot, assistant professor of history at GRCC, exploring the effects of race, gender and religion in colonial Mexico
2 p.m.- 4 p.m.: “Hispanic Education in Western Michigan,” a roundtable discussion led by local Hispanic and educational leaders: Tony Baker of Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Public Schools Board member; Rosa Fraga, principal of San Juan Diego Academy; John Matias of Burton Elementary and Middle School; and Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, CEO of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. The moderators will be GRCC students Alyson Mabie and Heather Pribble.
Thursday, March 28
1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.: “Invisible Walls: Race, Ethnicity and Social Boundaries in the City of Grand Rapids,” presented by Dillon Carr, assistant professor of anthropology at GRCC
7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.: “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America,” presented by keynote speaker Edward Blum of San Diego State University