What's Ahead

March 30, 2015


Event honors Chavez, other activists

Grand Valley will host an event to celebrate Cesar E. Chavez Day Tuesday, March 31.

The event will honor Chavez, the United Farmworkers, the Young Lords, and other activists who have fought to defend Latinos from being displaced. It will take place from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Cook-DeWitt Center.

Included will be a live performance of “Elvira,” a play about a Mexican woman and her son who sought refuge at a Chicago church, to raise awareness of immigration rights and the separation of families. President Thomas J. Haas and Jesse Bernal, vice president for Inclusion and Equity, will speak and present several awards to local community activists.

Other highlights of the event are detailed below.

• A 30-minute screening of the film, “Millie and the Lords.” The firm features Puerto Rican students in New York who joined the Young Lords movement during the 1960s. The film tackles issues such as gangs, LGBT bias and domestic violence.

• A 15-minute documentary clip about the origins of the Young Lords in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The Young Lords were part of a historical movement in the U.S. where youth questioned and challenged many decisions of government and experimented with alternatives to deal with issues of civil rights, racism and social justice. The Latino Civil Rights Movement, led by Chavez and others, encouraged and inspired members of the Young Lords to fight for social, economic and political rights. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/younglords.

The event is hosted by the Young Lords and the Grand Valley Office of Multicultural Affairs. It is free and open to the public


Arts at Noon will conclude with hybrid musician

The 37th season of Grand Valley’s Arts at Noon series concludes Wednesday, April 1, with a performance by Todd Reynolds.

As a violinist, composer, educator and technologist, Reynolds is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active, versatile proponents of what he calls “present music.” His compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic, and pan-genre composition and improvisation.

Reynolds has performed for composers Steve Reich and Meredith Monk, and with Ban on a Can, a multi-faceted contemporary classical music organization based in New York City. He is also the founder of the string quartet, Ethel.

All Arts at Noon concerts take place in the Cook-DeWitt Center, begin at noon, and last approximately one hour. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Todd Reynolds

Photo by Lynn Lane

Todd Reynolds will perform April 1 as part of the Arts at Noon series.


Second Teach-In scheduled

The second Teach-In will be held Thursday, April 2, with sessions offered at three different locations.

This year’s theme is “Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues.” Sessions will run from 8:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons and the DeVos Center. View the schedule of 26 presentations at www.gvsu.edu/teach-in.

Karen Gipson, chair of the Executive Committee of University Academic Senate, said while some sessions last year were live-streamed to the Pew Grand Rapids Campus, the committee felt an in-person presence at that campus was needed. More than 1,180 people participated in last year’s Teach-In.

The event is sponsored by University Academic Senate and Student Senate, with many collaborative campus partners such as the Dean of Students Office, Division of Inclusion and Equity, LGBT Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Faculty Teaching and Learning Center and the Women’s Center.


Student group celebrates West Michigan Design Week

A Grand Valley student group dedicated to promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and social change through design thinking will celebrate West Michigan Design Week with a special presentation on Thursday, April 2.

Hosted by the InterDisciplinary Entrepreneurship Alliance group, the event will spotlight Deb Tolsma, former manager of global learning and development at Steelcase. Tolsma’s presentation will illustrate how design thinking, collaboration and new problem solving strategies are used in the business world today and why they are important to develop in students.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, room 123. It is free and open to the public.

During her 15 years at Steelcase, Tolsma functioned as an instructional designer and learning specialist, and managed the company’s global processes and learning technologies, all while maintaining a special focus on design thinking.

Since its inception in January, IDEA has aimed to encourage students to solve problems through interdisciplinary collaboration.



Hauenstein Center to host event with West, George

Rich versus poor, Republican versus Democrat, or black versus white, controversy and cultural experiences divide the American public along dozens of socioeconomic, political, ethnic and racial lines.

With these stark contrasts and divisions in mind, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host a discussion between two cultural and academic giants, Cornel West and Robert P. George.

“The Culture Wars: A Workable Armistice?” is set for Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Eberhard Center. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested at www.HauensteinCenter.org; a capacity crowd is expected.

West is a nationally recognized progressive political philosopher and race theorist; George is a conservative Catholic philosopher of jurisprudence and natural law. Both West and George are professors at Princeton University, but share little else in common. They have developed a friendship based on productive collaboration.

In the Hauenstein Center’s final American Conversations event of the season, West and George will discuss their productive friendship and how to promote the pursuit of common ground.

For more information, visit www.HauensteinCenter.org.

Cornel West and Robert P. George

Cornel West and Robert P. George


UICA exhibit to showcase student artwork

Artwork created by two Grand Valley students will be on display among pieces by nationally and internationally recognized artists during a special exhibit at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids.

“Terms of Service” runs March 30-April 17. An opening reception is planned for Friday, April 3, 5-7 p.m., at UICA, 2 W. Fulton St. in Grand Rapids.

Krzysztof Lower and Annie Teall will showcase their works during the exhibition that explores identity, individualism, and conditions people face as a result of increasingly indexed and surveilled lives.

Lower will feature a piece he created in 2012 called “3 Minutes of Sleep,” a digital print featuring an index of images of himself sleeping over the course of one night.

Other artists participating in Terms of Service hail from Netherlands, New York, Illinois, Florida, Maine, Rhode Island and Michigan.

Curatorial Studio, a visual studies course in the Art and Design Department, is producing the exhibit. The group aims to foster theoretical and conceptual dialogues that support and influence the creation and discussion of artworks and cultural products through producing exhibits like Terms of Service.

“Curatorial Studio helps students to develop their skills in project management, administrative and communications tasks, and preparatory skills, such as art handling and installing work,” Lower said. “These skills are extremely transferable and I know that I’m excited to put them to test in my future cultural work.”

For more information about Terms of Service, visit termsofservice2015.tumblr.com.


Documentary to be screened at CHS

A documentary that shines a light on a U.S. hospital struggling to care for its uninsured patients will be screened on campus.

“The Waiting Room” will be screened on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Hager auditorium. Discussion follows the film.

The film, directed and produced by Peter Nicks, chronicles 24 hours in a California hospital and how staff members cope with bureaucracy and hard choices.

The screening is sponsored by the Kirkhof College of Nursing, College of Health Professions and College of Community and Public Service.


Meijer Campus will host spring break staycation classes

Staying in town during spring break?

The Meijer Campus in Holland will host two days of free, family friendly classes, suitable for parents and children through fifth grade.

• Scrubs Camp: Tuesday, April 7, 10-11:30 a.m.

Grand Valley nursing students will lead interactive activities that include working with stethoscopes and glow-in-the-dark germs. A free blood pressure clinic for adults will be held at that time.

• Kids Around the World: Thursday, April 9, 10-11:30 a.m.

International students from Grand Valley will share stories, games and foods from their home countries.

The Meijer Campus in Holland is at 515 S. Waverly Road. RSVP for either class by April 5 by calling x13910 or visiting www.gvsu.edu/holland.