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Symposium will highlight area impact of immigrants

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Posted on October 24, 2017

The fourth annual Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Symposium will focus on immigrants and refugees, featuring panelists who are deeply engaged with those populations.

"Immigrants and Refugees: Celebrating Our Diversity" is set for November 2 at the Eberhard Center from 5-8 p.m., a light dinner will be served. It is free and open to the public; RSVP online at

Jack Mangala, the current Padnos/Sarosik endowed professor of civil discourse, said the symposium will be an extension of his two-year term as endowed professor, studying the benefits and challenges of immigration and the impact on local communities. Panelists are listed below; Alan Headbloom, host of "Feel Like You Belong," will facilitate the program with Mangala.

• Mladjo Ivanovic, visiting professor of philosophy at Grand Valley, whose research focuses on the moral and political challenges of forceful displacement of people; 

• Steffanie Rosalez, program director for Grandville Avenue of Arts and Humanities, who works with children from immigrant families; and 

• Kristine Van Noord, program manager for Bethany Christian Services' refugee adult and family programs, who has more than 19 years of experience in the field.

The next endowed professor of civil discourse will be announced at the event.