Archive for March 2008

• GRCC Lecturer to Address Environmental Racism

Dr. Robert D. BullardThe GRCC Diversity Lecture Series is presenting Dr. Robert D. Bullard, on Wednesday, March 26, to speak on “Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism.”  (This lecture was originally scheduled for February 6, but was postposed because of a winter storm.) 

Dr. Bullard is the  Ware Professor of sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.  He is one of the leading experts on environmental justice and race and the environment.   Warner Norcross & Judd is one of the lead sponsors of the Diversity Lecture Series.

Dr. Bullard’s work focuses attention on the racial discrimination in environmental policy making and the enforcement of environmental protection laws and regulations. He examines the access to economic opportunity and quality of life in American cities and metropolitan areas. Dr. Bullard has testified as an expert witness in civil rights cases over the past decade. He is one of the planners of the First and Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. He is the author of eleven books on environmental justice, urban land use, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, suburban sprawl, and smart growth.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  It will begin at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain NE, in Grand Rapids.  A reception for the speaker will be held prior to the lecture at 6:00 p.m.  We have a few tickets to the reception.  If you would like one, contact Rodney Martin.

• GRCC Diversity Lecturer to Address Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Our Society

Terri JentzThe 2007-2008 GRCC Diversity Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, March 12, with a talk by Terri Jentz, a screenwriter living in Los Angeles.   In 1977, Terri Jentz and her roommate pitched a tent in a desert in Oregon.  As they slept, a man in a pick-up truck deliberately ran over their tent. He attacked them with an axe; somehow, they survived.  Despite national news coverage, no one was ever arrested.  Terri ’s critically acclaimed memoir, Strange Piece of Paradise, is a record of her journey from violence to hope, and a look at a culture that glorifies ubiquitous violence, especially against women.  She believes that society is complicit in this violence because of passivity. Terri provides a window of understanding into the experience of how violence changes irrevocably the people it touches.

The lecture will take place at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain NE, in Grand Rapids and will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Warner Norcross & Judd is proud to be a major sponsor of the Diversity Lecture Series.  If you would like attend a reception for the speaker prior to the lecture (begins at 6:00 p.m.), please contact Rodney Martin for a ticket.

• Pictures of the Central High School Mock Trial Team

Madelaine Lane’s sister took some pictures of the Central High School Mock Trial team, which we have shared with you below.

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• Central High Mock Trial Team Earns Honorable Mention

Students at counsel tableCongratulations to the Grand Rapids Central High School Mock Trial team, which received an honorable mention in Regional Mock Trial Competition this weekend.  Coached by Yvette Bradley, Madelaine Lane, Scott Carvo, and Sarah Riley, the students conducted two trials – one as the prosecution and the other as the defense.  Students played the roles of the attorneys and the witnesses.

This was only the second year that Central High School fielded a mock trial team.  Last year’s team also received an Honorable Mention.  But, the coaches could take special satisfaction in the result this year because, as a result of schools scheduling issues, this year’s team had only one and a half months to prepare for the competition.  Most teams begin preparation in September.