The Diversity Lecture Series is intended to give insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan Community. The series is designed to introduce an essential component of education in helping 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.
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain Street NE
Grand Rapids MI 49503
- ASL interpreted
- Book signing follows authors' lectures
- For more information, please call 616-234-3390
2016-17 Diversity Lecture Series XXII
Celebrating 22 Years of Diverse Voices
September 28, 2016
The Civil Rights Movement Today: A Second Redemption?
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 regular contributor to the weekly roundtable discussion on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.” Named a CBS political news analyst in November 2015, he serves as a contributor 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
Author, 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 coauthor 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 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.
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 touched thousands of lives by creating opportunities for complicated conversations in safe spaces around diversity, inclusion, equity and privilege. She is a visionary and an activist for healing from issues related to systemic discrimination and marginalization and has the ability to educate and empower. She is passionate about helping others negotiate the diverse world in which we live. Today Ward is committed to changing the world, one conversation at a time.
March 15, 2017
Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration
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 US Documentary competition. Gideon’s Army aired on HBO in the summer of 2013 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. The film received numerous criminal justice awards including the Ridenhour Prize from the Nation Institute. Porter is an alumni 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 Networks. 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.