Afghanistan to Morocco: Journeys of Jim and Virginia Goode

Middle Eastern ceramic object from exhibit Afghanistan to Morocco: Journeys of Jim and Virginia Goode

GVSU professor Jim Goode and his wife, Virginia, have traveled the Middle East during the last 50 years. Their journeys, for work and pleasure, have taken them to 11 countries, from Afghanistan to Morocco. The Goodes have taken great satisfaction in introducing more than 100 Grand Valley students, faculty, staff, and friends to the peoples, cultures, and landscapes of this area of the world. Along the way, they acquired a wide variety of ceramics, rugs, textiles, and many other everyday objects. Very few of them were made for display; most represent simple instruments of daily life. This exhibition brings together a selection of these items and allows the visitor a glimpse of Middle Eastern culture as represented by the collection.

Goode has taught in the history department at Grand Valley since 1986 and founded both the Middle East studies program and the Model Arab League on campus. As a result of his commitment to teaching, leadership in study abroad programs to the Middle East, and contributions toward global learning at Grand Valley, Goode was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and the Faculty Internationalization Award in 2015. Virginia Goode retired as office coordinator of the Chemistry Department in 2006.


Monday, September 18, 5–7 PM

Exhibition Dates:
August 25–October 27

Free and open to the public.

Art Gallery
1121 Performing Arts Center
Allendale Campus