Events and Co-Curricular

Look for a number of CRP and Co-Curricular events right here! We will post events and opportunities on a timely basis!

August 12, 2014, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Alumni House Perry Dining Room - Teaching Circle

Sept 17, 2014, 7:00pm, Loosemore Auditorium - James W. Carey Memorial Lecture -speaker Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Social Psychology at Skidmore College . The topic he will address is related to his work in Terror Management and how people's fear of death influences their attitudes and behaviors.

October 23rd, 3-5 pm - Campus/Community Book Discussion- KC 2263
Students, faculty/staff, and community members will have the opportunity to engage in an intimate, authentic discussion on the issues raised in Five Days at Memorial. This will be an opportunity to hear multiple perspectives and share thoughts about why things happened as they did (civil discourse encouraged and promoted).


THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS EVENING - November 19th, 6:00-7:30pm, Perspectives in Emergency Preparedness when faced with Natural Disasters: What's your Katrina?, Panel Discussion, Loosemore Auditorium**NOTE CHANGE IN TIME
In her book, Five Days at Memorial Fink explores the emergency management planning (or lack thereof) that led to much of the chaos at Memorial Hospital. What goes into an emergency plan? What are considerations that need to be accounted for? What groups are responsible for collaborating to ensure effective execution? Local experts from medical and community disaster planning and response units will address these issues in the book, and, will discuss what we have done and continue to do here in West Michigan to ensure emergency preparedness for local disasters.


December 10, 2014 - Blood Drive,11:30am-5:30pm, Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room #2250, co-sponsored by the Red Cross Club and the Community Reading Project. Register to win one for four Five Days at Memorial books by Sheri Fink.


January 15 & 16, 2015, The CRP Presents: The New Orleans Symposium, 10:00am-5:00pm. Mary Idema Pew Library. (see attached poster)

Please Save the Dates, Jan 15 & Jan 16, to attend the New Orleans Symposium! LIB 100/201 approved! Many informative and fun sessions are planned for the symposium; all focusing on the city of New Orleans and this year's CRP book, Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri Fink. Below is a listing of the sessions:

  • Opening Event - New Orleans style Dixieland band performance.
  • Recovery, Arts, and Entrepreneurship in Post-Katrina New Orleans.
  • Preserving the History & Culture of New Orleans: Reminiscences of a Louisiana State Museum Curator.
  • The Animals of Hurricane Katrina: How animal advocates came together to save over 8,000 left behind.
  • Role playing as a means of understanding: Simulating the impact of Hurricane Katrina at Memorial Hospital.
  • Service and Civic Engagement in the Forgotten City: Giving back to New Orleans.
  • What is Ecological Thinking? Climate change, Hurricane Katrina, and the Gulf Oil Spill.
  • The Trauma of Family Disbursement.
  • Service Learning in New Orleans Student Panel.
  • The Origins of Cajun and Creole Cuisine.

All of the sessions above will be held in the Multi-purpose room and Exhibition Space, located on the lower level of the Mary Idema Pew Library. No RSVP is necessary, however we ask for you to please sign-in at the registration table, located in front of the Exhibition Space.

The Symposium will also include events with continuous showing times, below is a list:

•Showing of A Spike Lee Film, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts, Kirkhof Center, Big Screen Theater, Jan 12 thru Jan 18.

•Photography Exhibit by Veronica Kirin and Steven Smith, Mary Idema Pew Library, Exhibition Space, Jan 5 thru Jan 16.Library, Learning Alcove, Jan 5 thru Jan 16.


February 23rd, 6-8 PM, Dr. Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P.,Health Care Delivery: Whither Professionalism When Disaster Strikes?, L. William Seidman Center, Charles W. Loosemore Forum.
Dr. Fins is a leading physician, author, researcher, policy advisor and medical ethicist currently at Cornell University. He will be on our downtown campus to discuss what the proper role of heath care professionals is when natural and man-made disasters strike (think Ebola, Hurricane Katrina, and September 11). Fins is Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College; E. William Davis, Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College; Professor of Medicine, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College. Promotional poster pdf


March 24-25th, Author, Sheri Fink Lecture.
Author Lecture -  Tuesday, March 24, 7:00pm-8:15pm, book signing will immediately follow the lecture.  The Herrick District Library in Holland is located at 300 S. River Ave. in downtown Holland.

Author Lecture - Wednesday, March 25, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Allendale Campus, Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. Doors open at 6:00pm, general admission seating rules apply.  Books signing will immediately follow the lecture. Free and open to the public. promotional pdf

Dr. Sheldon Solomon

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Dr. Joseph Fins

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Dr. Sheri Fink

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