GRCC Diversity Lecture Series XXII: Celebrating 22 Years of Diverse Voices

Diversity Lecture Series

The Diversity Lecture Series is intended to give insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan Community. It is designed to help audiences consider perspectives other than their own, encouraging civil debate, broadening the basis for critical thought and promoting cultural understanding.

  • All lectures are free and open to all.
  • Lectures begin at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE in Grand Rapids.
  • ASL interpreted
  • Book signings follow authors' lectures
  • For more information, call 616-234-3390

*Due to illness, Dawn Porter's lecture has been canceled until further notice.

2016-17 Diversity Lecture Series 

Celebrating 22 years of diverse voices

September 28, 2016

"The Civil Rights Movement Today: A Second Redemption?"

Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie
Chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine and CBS News political analyst

As the chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine, Bouie covers public policy and race. Recognized for his reporting from the front lines of the Ferguson protests following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in 2014, Bouie’s writing on the unrest and racial issues earned him a spot on Forbes’ 2015 "30 Under 30 Media list” as one of the individuals defining and driving the ever-shifting world of news and content. Bouie is a frequent media commentator and regularly contributes to the weekly roundtable discussion on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.” Named a CBS political news analyst in November 2015, he contributes to all CBS News platforms and broadcasts. Bouie is based in Washington, D.C., and attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with degrees in political and social thought, as well as government.


October 26, 2016

"Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche"

Ethan Watters

Ethan Watters

Author and co-founder of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto

Ethan Watters is the author of "Urban Times," an examination of the mores of affluent “never marrieds” and the co-author of "Making Monsters," a groundbreaking indictment of the recovered memory movement. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, Discover, Men’s Journal, Details, Wired, and NPR’s "This American Life," he has appeared on such national media as "Good Morning America," "Talk of the Nation" and CNN. His work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. Watters is a co-founder, along with Ethan Canin and Po Bronson, of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, where he often teaches writing classes.


February 22, 2017

"On Healing Black Girl Pain"

Consuela Ward, Ed. D.Consuela Ward, Ed. D.
Educator, author, trainer and coach on diversity and inclusion topics

Dr. Consuela Ward is the author of "On Healing Black Girl Pain" and has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, speaker, facilitator, consultant, trainer and coach on diversity and inclusion topics. She is the founder and president of the Montage Group LLC, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Ward has created opportunities for complicated conversations around diversity, inclusion, equity and privilege. She is passionate about helping others negotiate the diverse world in which we live and committed to changing the world -- one conversation at a time.


March 15, 2017 - Canceled

Dawn Porter's lecture has been canceled until further notice.

"Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration"

Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter
Criminal justice system reformer, attorney, and "Gideon’s Army" filmmaker

Dawn Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films. She is director and producer of "Spies   of Mississippi" as well as "Gideon’s Army," which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and won the Best Editing Award in the U.S. Documentary competition. "Gideon’s Army" aired on HBO in the summer of 2013 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. It also received numerous criminal justice awards, including the Nation Institute's Ridenhour Prize. Porter is an alumna of the Tribeca All Access program, where she won the 2011 juried Creative Promise Award for "Gideon’s Army." Before becoming a filmmaker, she was the director of news standards and practices at ABC News and vice president of standards and practices at A&E Network. Porter is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Georgetown University Law Center. She was a practicing attorney at Baker & Hostetler and ABC Television Networks before beginning her film career.