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Diversity Lecture Series: LZ Granderson


By Nan Schichtel
Information Literacy & Outreach Librarian

From the Diversity Center:

LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com.  He is a contributor to ESPN’s Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University. LZ’s commentary, reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Grand Rapids Press.

Mr. Gunderson is presenting on Dare You to Move this Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Fountain Street Church.

For more on Granderson and his writing, see the library’s Diversity Lecture Series Subject Guide.

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Diversity Lecture Series: Jeff Chang

By Marcia Lee
Serials Specialist

WHO: Jeff Chang – Author, Historian, Music Critic

WHEN: October 3, 2012 @ 7pm

WHERE: Fountain Street Church

Below is a bit more information about Jeff, taken from the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center webpage, you can find out more about the other speakers and the lecture series by following the link.

Jeff Chang is a radical historian with both street cred and academic chops, Chang addresses multiculturalism, race relations, student activism, political engagement, the state of the arts, and the politics of abandonment.  His book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation is only ostensibly about hip-hop; it’s really a cultural history. In his follow-up, Who We Be, he traces the rise of multiculturalism—its roots, its triumphs, its commercialization—to tell a new, vibrant, and necessary people’s history. Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Follow the links provided to checkout Chang’s books today from the GRCC Library & click here for more information about Jeff via the library’s Subject Guides!

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Diversity Lecture Series: Naomi Wolf

By Nan Schichtel, Information Literacy & Outreach Librarian and
Miriam Thompson, Reference/Access Services Librarian

This week please join GRCC for the next speaker in the Diversity Lecture Series, Naomi Wolf, who will be appearing at the Fountain Street Church on March 14, 2012. Wolf is the author of seven books, including the New York Times best seller The Beauty Myth.

Wolf focuses on gender equality, body image, pervasive inequities in society and politics, and the defense of liberty in America and internationally. In Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, Wolf argues that breathtaking changes take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended, through civic engagement.

She is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches leadership to young women, and The American Freedom Campaign, a grass roots democracy movement in the United States whose mission is the defense of the Constitution and the rule of law. She encourages people to take charge of their lives, voice their concerns and enact change. A graduate of Yale and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Wolf was a consultant to Al Gore, during his presidential campaign, on women’s issues and social policy.

Books/Videos by Naomi Wolf available at the library:

Articles by/about Naomi Wolf:

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Diversity Lecture Series: Maziar Bahari

By Nan Schichtel
Information Literacy & Outreach Librarian

Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist, was arrested in Tehran on trumped-up charges of espionage in the aftermath of the contested 2009 election. Held in solitary confinement for 118 days, enduring physical and psychological torture, he chronicles his story in, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. As a correspondent for Newsweek, Bahari is an expert on Iran yet also embraces a wide range of subjects as a filmmaker, from Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, to Iraqi child prisoners, and Aids in South Africa.

On November 9, Bahari will be speaking at GRCC as part of the Diversity Lecture Series. For more information about Bahari, please see the selected listings of his works and articles about him.

Works by Maziar Bahari
• Bahari, Maziar. [Excerpts from some of Bahari’s BBC films.]
• Bahari, Maziar, and Aimee Molloy. Then they came for me: a family’s story of love, captivity, and survival. New York: Random House, 2011.
• Bahari, Maziar, and Malu Halasa. Transit Tehran: young Iran and its inspirations. Reading UK: Garnet, 2009.

Articles/Videos about Maziar Bahari:
• “2009 Human Rights Report: Iran*.” 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. U.S. Department of State, 11 Mar. 2010.
• Bahari, Maziar. “‘We know where you live’: working for a Western magazine in Dan, a journalist finds that he has acquired some surprisingly close acquaintances–from the ministry of intelligence. And strangely, they are all called Mr. Mohammadi.” Nieman Reports 63.2 (2009): 17+.
• Bahari, Maziar. [A selection of recent articles from Newsweek where Bahari served as a correspondent from 1998 to 2011.]
• Dehghanpisheh, Babak, and R.M. Schneiderman Christopher Dickey. “The Shadow War.” Newsweek 20 Dec. 2010: 28.
• Smiley, Tavis. Journalist-filmmaker Maziar Bahari. PBS Video. 24 June 2011.

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Diversity Lecture Series: Jeannette Walls

By Miriam Thompson
Reference/Access Services Librarian

On October 26th, Jeannette Walls, writer and journalist, will be the second speaker in the 2011-2012 Diversity Lecture Series.

Walls is author of The Glass Castle, a memoir of the nomadic family life of her childhood, which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 100 weeks. In 2000, Walls published the book Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip. In 2009 her first fiction book, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, based on the life of her grandmother Lily Casey Smith, was published.

She has also written for New York magazine (the “Intelligencer” column 1987-1993), Esquire (1993–1998), USA Today, and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Primetime, and The Colbert Report. She contributed regularly to the gossip column Scoop at MSNBC.com from 1998 until her departure to write full-time in 2007.

Currently, The Glass Castle has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been translated into 22 languages. It has received the Christopher Award, the American Library Association’s Alex Award (2006) and the Books for Better Living Award.

For more information Walls and her books, please see references below. GRCC students and staff may click the links to view. For further assistance contact your GRCC librarian at 616-234-3868.

Andriani, Lynn. “Truth in nonfiction … and fiction.” Publishers Weekly 24 Aug. 2009: 38. General OneFile. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.
Kinsella, Bridget. “Media flocks to Scribner’s ‘Glass Castle’.” Publishers Weekly 7 Feb. 2005: 20. General OneFile. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.
Windolf, Jim. “A Secret of Her Own; Even as she made her name dishing celebrity dirt at New York and MSNBC.” Vanity Fair Apr. 2005: 184. General OneFile. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.

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