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The Hunting Ground

What:  Screening of The Hunting Ground, a documentary on college campus sexual assault, followed by a panel discussion

When:  Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 PM

Where:  Grand Rapids Celebration Cinema North

Cost:  FREE

Sponsored by GRCC and the Kent County Young Leaders Against Violence.

Find more information, including the film’s trailer, here.

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Open Door 100th Anniversary Book Signing on Monday

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for a past or present GRCC/GRJC studentOpen Door book cover or employee?  Think Open Door: Grand Rapids Community College 1914-2014! The 100th Anniversary Committee and GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons are hosting a book signing by the author.  Walter Lockwood meticulously researched and entertainingly wrote Open Door – and he will be signing copies:

  • When: Monday – Dec. 8, 2014 from Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Where: Library & Learning Commons
  • Refreshments provided

Copies of  Open Door are on sale (cash, check, credit card, RaiderCard) in the Library for $40.  Read what local historian, author, and alum Thomas Dilley had to say about our history.

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TONIGHT: An Evening with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

By Marcia Lee, Serials Specialist

“We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes — and we must.”

Jimmy Carter, Nobel Lecture

For the first event of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series for the 2014-2015 school year, this evening in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, located on the downtown campus, the school will host former president, Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.  The book signing will begin at 3:45 pm in Calkins Science Center on campus, followed by the lecture in the Fieldhouse at 5 pm – both are sold out.  Below are a handful of quick facts about Jimmy and Rosalynn’s lives, personal and professional.

 Personal Life:

  • James Earl Carter Jr. born on October 1st, 1924
  • Parents were James Sr. and Lillian Gordy Carter
  • Married Rosalynn Smith in 1946
  • Has 4 children with Rosalynn
    • John William (Jack) born in 1947
    • James Earl (Chip) born in 1950
    • Donnell Jeffrey (Jeff) born in 1952
    • Amy Lynn born in 1967

 Highlights of Professional Accomplishments:

  • Graduated in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy
  • Georgia State Senator (2 consecutive terms)
  • Georgia Governor
  • 39th President (1977-81)
  • Nobel Prize of Peace (2002)

Jimmy and Rosalynn founded the Carter Center with the mission to, “wage peace, fight disease, build hope”, in 1982.  For more information about current projects, previous accomplishments and future plans for the Carter Center click here to be taken to the organization’s website.

For more information about this and any of the other upcoming events for the Diversity Lecture Series, click HERE.

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Donate to a Good Cause!

Not enough space on the bookshelf?  The GRCC Library is partnering with the Criminal Justice Department to collect paperback books for the inmates at the Kent County Jail.  Bring us your donations today!  You can find our drop-box on the 1st Floor of the Learning Resource Center, located at 140 Ransom Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

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Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: Points of View

By Janelle Yahne
Circulation Associate

On November 21, (today!) from 7:00 – 9:00 pm,  the library is  presenting a reading and talk by Saladin Ahmed, “Writing Muslim American Fantasy.”  The event is open to the public and is free. Parking is available at the Bostwick (Main) Ramp. Ahmed is an amazing fiction author and poet from Detroit whose writing has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards. In honor of this exciting evening, each week until the event we will be showcasing a theme from Muslim Journeys Bookshelf as we move closer to this special event at the library.

Muslim Journeys Points View

This week we are showcasing Points of View. To learn more about Muslim Journey Bookshelf, check out our SubjectGuide.

From Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: Points of View
Developed by Deborah Amos, international correspondent, National Public Radio.

The drama of conflict, chaos, and war come to Western readers in daily newspaper stories, but the news gives us scant details about how people live their lives in Islamabad, Fez, Cairo, or Tehran. Through the titles in “Points of View,” readers will encounter individual experiences in Muslim-majority societies through memoirs and novels representing a diverse geography and some of the best contemporary storytelling.

Understanding and examining Islamic culture through memoirs and fictional works can bring a new awareness of our shared values and difficulties, as well as our shared successes. Islam as a religion often fits into these stories’ plots in the way that a local church community might play a role in an American work of fiction.

The novel is a relatively recent addition to the literary tradition of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Poetry, an ancient art, is much more revered—as are other modes of storytelling, some of which we explore in “Literary Reflections.” Still, the novel produced the first Muslim winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1988 honoree Nagib Mafouz of Egypt, and in more recent decades a legion of writers producing imaginative works that are accessible and illuminating, and that have become familiar to readers worldwide.

“Cairo writes, Beirut publishes, Baghdad reads” is an old Arabic saying that reflects an earlier literary culture before it was threatened by fundamentalism and all but extinguished by repressive governments. Recently, courageous writers have been exercising atrophied literary muscles again by taking on taboo topics of oppression, corruption, inequality, and women’s rights in a creative variety of narrative formats.

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