Monday, February 22, 2010

Ferris In The News

Speaker Brings Global Awareness to Ferris

Naomi Tutu will speak at 11 a.m. March 2 in G. Mennen Williams Auditorium about her experience growing up as a black female in South Africa during apartheid, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Tutu is the daughter of Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. Her presentation, “South Africa: Healing the Wounds of Racism,” is part of the Ferris State University Globalization Initiative and Women’s History Month activities. The Globalization Initiative includes several facets, including Global Reflections – a monthly series of discussions September through March designed to open dialogue on the challenges and opportunities of globalization. Other components of the initiative include a bi-annual speaker series, Critical Encounters with Globalization, creation of a Directory of Resources for Globalization and compilation of a White Paper.

Final Week of Festival of the Arts Kicks Off with Grand Rapids Symphony Concert

The final week of the Festival of the Arts began on Feb. 21 with a concert in the Big Rapids High School Auditorium by the Grand Rapids Symphony, reports Examiner.com. The week continues with ongoing exhibits at the Ferris State University Rankin Student Center Art Gallery and Artworks, as well as poetry readings by John Guzlowski and Helen Degan Cohen. Guzlowski will present works about his parent’s experiences during and after World War II. His parents were enslaved by the Nazis during the war to work in concentration camps and associated farms and factories until they became refugees at the end of the war. His poetry is his attempt to give voice to his parent’s experiences, as well as, “those forgotten, voiceless refugees, DPs and survivors that the last century produced,” Guzlowski said. This reading will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Great Lakes Book and Supply. Read more at http://www.examiner.com/x-37492-Grand-Rapids-Culture--Events-Examiner~y2010m2d20-Grand-Rapids-Symphony-plays-the-Festival-of-the-Arts.

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