Global Diversity Theme Year Previews Events
With dozens of events on the horizon, Albion College's Global Diversity Theme Year (GDTY) Committee provides a "sneak peek" of 2012-13. Global Diversity is the third major focus of Albion College's Strategic Plan, and will be celebrated throughout the year.
The GDTY Committee's Statement of Purpose notes that the theme year will highlight the "interdependence of international, transnational, and local phenomena." The GDTY activities, it further explains, "deepen our understanding of our identities as responsible 'global citizens' through our diversity and shared dependence on the natural environment."
Friday, September 7: Opening convocation with Damon Keith, senior judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit. Keith served as co-chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, and was nominated to the U.S. District Court by President Lyndon Johnson before being nominated for the Sixth Circuit Court by President Jimmy Carter. 1 p.m., Goodrich Chapel
Tuesday, September 11: Day of Peace sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain. Events and location TBA
Friday, September 21: Sephardic Shabos and Tashlit, celebrating the Sabbath within a Latino/a Jewish cultural tradition. This will be followed by a walk to the Kalamazoo River for the New Year service of Tashlit. 5 p.m., Kellogg Center
Friday, September 28: Reception for Flaubert Nana, chief of Batchingou, Cameroon. Albion College's Nwagni Project student organization has raised over $25,000 to build a new school in Batchingou, and continues to support a clean water project for the village. Batchingou native Emmanuel Yewah, French professor at Albion, has taken several student groups to Cameroon as part of his first-year seminar on Africa. Alumni who have visited Batchingou are encouraged to bring notes for the Chief to share with the village upon his return; moneary donations for a gift will also be accepted. 5-7 p.m., Kellogg Center (UPDATE: This event has been canceled.)
Thursday, October 4: Michael J. Steinberg, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will give a public address. 7 p.m., location TBA
Monday, January 28: The Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Opening Convocation welcomes civil rights activist and Voorhees College president Cleveland Sellers, Jr. 7 p.m., Goodrich Chapel
Monday, February 25: The 2013 Yinger Lecture invites Karen Ho, anthropology professor at the University of Minnesota, speaking on "Anthropological Investigation of the Culture of Global Finance.
Thursday, April 18: Alexander McCall Smith, author of the bestselling "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, presents Albion College's 2013 Calvaruso Keynote for the Isaac student Research Symposium. 7 p.m., Goodrich Chapel