Kutsche Office of Local History

2014 Local History Roundtable Program

Roundtable Program 2014

Thursday, April 10:

5:30 p.m.: Opening Remarks

Gayle Davis, Provost, Grand Valley State University

Anne Hiskes, Dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, GVSU

Paul Kutsche, Founder, Kutsche Office of Local History, GVSU

6:00-6:30 p.m.: Bing Goei, Director, Michigan Office for New Americans

Refreshments and Live Music by Gabriel Estrada III 

[Event officially ends at 7 p.m.]


Friday, April 11:

8:00-9:00 a.m. : Registration

9:00-9:30 a.m.: Welcome

Jon Jellema, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, GVSU

Anne Hiskes, Dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, GVSU

Melanie Shell-Weiss, Director, Kutsche Office of Local History


9:30-10:15 a.m.: Morning Keynote:

            “Making Migrants: Chicano Civil Rights in Michigan, 1960s-1970s”

            Nora Salas, Department of History, Michigan State University

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Panel Discussion 1: “Immigration to Western Michigan”


Gordon Olson, Chair, Kutsche Office Advisory Council


            Annie Dandavati, Professor, Department of Political Science, Hope College

Claudia Sánchez Benítez, Executive Director, Latin Americans United for Progress
Cornelia Breugem Kennedy, Senior Research Fellow, A.C. Van Raalte                       Institute, 
Hope College

Peg Padnos, Kutsche Office Advisory Council, GVSU


11:30 - 11:45 p.m. Break

12-12:30 p.m. Networking Session 1

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.:  Panel Discussion 2: “Civil Rights in Western Michigan, Past and Present”


John Golaszewski, Director of Business and Community Affairs, Michigan

Department of Civil Rights


            Ruth Coleman, Director, Center of African American Art and History

            William Cohen, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Hope College

            Diane Maodush-Pitzer, Affiliate Professor, Department of Liberal Studies, Grand

Valley State University

            Emily West, Grant Coordinator, LGBT Resource Center, Grand Valley State


2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Networking Session 2

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks

            Melanie Shell-Weiss, Director, Kutsche Office of Local History

3:30 p.m.: Walking Tours, Opportunity to Visit Nearby Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Centers

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