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Office of Multicultural Education Events
An Evening with Behope - Monday, April 8
It is my pleasure to invite you to join the Behope Project for an evening program on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall at Hope College. The event will begin at 7:00 pm and last approximately one hour.
The program will feature a short documentary, a message from Alfredo Gonzales, Dean for International and Multicultural Education at Hope College, presentations by several Hope students, and an update from a member of the Board of Trustees of Nibakure Children’s Village.
Light refreshments will be served, including a traditional Rwandan dish!
Founded in 2008 by Hope College students Drew Wierda (’09) and Matt Wixson (’08), Behope aims to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between Hope College and Nibakure Children’s Village (NCV) in Nyamata, Rwanda. NCV, which became fully operational in August 2011, houses seventeen orphans and supports an additional eleven children from the surrounding community. Over the past five years, the Hope community has made numerous contributions to the village including significant financial and logistical support as well as three trips to the site (2008, 2010, 2012). In addition, several members of NCV’s Board of Trustees are Hope alumni. Visit NCV’s web site to access their newsletters and other important information: http://www.nibakure.org/
Thank you for considering joining us on the evening of April 8. If you are able to attend the event, please RSVP to Jodi MacLean at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like more information, please contact Dean Alfredo Gonzales at email@example.com.
Project Director, Behope
Hope College Class of 2013
Special Guests on Campus from Liverpool Hope University
Next week we will have the honor of welcoming to campus two guests from Liverpool, England. Dr. Gerald J. Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University, one of Hope's international partner institutions, will be on campus to receive an honorary doctoral degree. Traveling with him will be his wife, Dr. Nirmala Pillay, Professor of Law at Liverpool John Moores University. Both of them are active scholars in the areas of International Education, Law, and Philosophy, and each will be presenting a public lecture while here on campus. The first lecture will address human rights and the second picks up on reconciliation, which has been the theme for this year's Critical Issues Symposium.
Please join us for the lectures:
Guest Lecture - Wednesday, April 10
4:00 pm, Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall
Dr. Nirmala Pillay, "The Practice of Torture in Democracies"
Dr. Nirmala Pillay has taught Philosophy and Law at universities in South Africa, New Zealand, and England. Her research interests include Public Law, EU Law, Human Rights, and the Globalization of Crime. This lecture is sponsored by Political Science, Women's Studies, and the Dean for International & Multicultural Education.
Guest Lecture - Thursday, April 11
4:00 pm, Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall
Dr. Gerald J. Pillay, "The Public Responsibility of a Christian University: The Apartheid Era as a Case Study, and Special Responsibilities in an Age of Secularism"
Dr. Gerald Pillay was born in the former British colony of Natal in South Africa. He was awarded a B.A., and a B.D., and a Doctor of Theology from the University of Durban and also a DPhil in Philosophical Theology from Rhodes University. Pillay has taught Ecclesiastical History and Theology at universities in South Africa, the United States, New Zealand, and England. Since 2003 he has been head of Liverpool Hope University in England, one of Hope's international partners and the only ecumenical university in Europe combining Anglican and Catholic traditions. This lecture is sponsored by the Offices of the President and the Dean for International & Multicultural Education.
Portrait Unveiling and Winter Happening Presentation
Hope's Early International and Multicultural Alumni
On February 1 and 2, 2013 the office of International and Multicultural Education will be hosting two special events to unveil a set of original portraits, painted by Paul Collins, of Hope’s early minority and international graduates, whose stories are worthy of celebrating.
A reception and dinner (by invitation) will take place on Friday evening, but the public is invited to join us on Saturday for a special Winter Happening lecture on the subjects of the portraits, a college-wide event in which we will present the stories of these graduates.
Saturday, February 2
Celebrating Hope College's Early International and Multicultural Graduates
Dean Alfredo Gonzales, Professor John Yelding, and Professor Fumihito Andy Nakajima
The Winter Happening event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested so enough seating may be provided. Please call Julie Huisingh, (616) 395-7860, firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Happening Web Site - for more information
The graduates include: Hope’s first Japanese students, Kumaji Kimura and Motoichiro Oghimi from the Class of 1879; the first Native American graduate, James Ottipoby, Class of 1925; and James Carter Dooley, the first African American graduate from the Class of 1932.
Each of these Hope graduates brought remarkable changes to the world. In Japan, Oghimi and Kimura brought from Hope College the idea of Christian higher education, development of support programs for women, and the publication (by Oghimi) of the first Greek-Japanese lexicon of the New Testiment. Ottipoby became the first Native American chaplain to serve in World War II, serving in the South Pacific for three years. James Carter Dooley spent over forty years as a teacher and school administrator in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. A product of an educational system that legally prohibited the mixing of black and white children in public schools, Dooley went on courageously to educate hundreds of children in four decades of work in education.
This year's Critical Issues Symposium, took place on September 25-26. The theme this year was Reconciliation: Hope in a Divided World. Click here to access resources on this topic. See below for details on events designed to Continue the Conversation.
Lee A. McBride, III
Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of Wooster
Cosmopolitanism and Racial Obligations or,
"Why My Blackness is in Question"
Monday, November 5 - 4:00 pm
Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center
Listen to a recording of this lecture - mp3
Blackness is an elusive concept. Given eliminativist arguments against racial categorization and the difficulties of squaring alleged black cultural markers with his multiethnic, mixed-race experience, Professor McBride is compelled to consider cosmopolitanism as an ideal. Yet he does identify as black. Blackness, here, is understood as a provisional identity established and maintained to counter anti-black racism. In this paper, Professor McBride sets out to articulate a way in which one can hold a moderate form of cosmopolitianism and yet maintain a provisional racial identity and advocate for a particular racialized population.
Allan Aubrey Boesak and Curtiss DeYoung
"Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism"
Friday, November 9
Winants Aud, Graves Hall
This event is co-sponsored by Campus Ministries, Student Life, and the Dean for International and Multicultural Education.
The Rev. Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak is one of the heroes of the anti-apartheid freedom struggle in South Africa. He and Archbishop Desmond Tutu led the United Democratic Front (UDF)–the equivalent to the civil rights movement in the US. Bringing together over 700 organizations from all communities, the UDF became the first genuinely non-racial movement and the main force behind the anti-apartheid activities in the country during the decisive decade of the 1980s.
The Rev. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung is professor of Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University. With degrees from Anderson University, Howard University and the University of St. Thomas, Prior to his current position, DeYoung served for 17 years in urban multicultural settings in Minneapolis–St. Paul, Minnesota as the president of the Twin Cities Urban Reconciliation Network (TURN), the executive director of the City Gate Project, and the senior pastor at a multiracial congregation. He also served congregations in Washington, D.C, and New York City, and worked at the Covenant House Times Square shelter for homeless and runaway youth in New York City. He is an ordained minister in the Church of God (headquarters in Anderson, Indiana.) Curtiss DeYoung has spent his life working both nationally and internationally to develop networks for reconciliation, peace, justice and human rights. He has traveled to South Africa on nine occasions speaking on reconciliation and the multiculturalism of the Bible. DeYoung is an author or of over a dozen books on the topic of reconciliation and social justice, including United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race, Reconciliation: Our Greatest Challenge --Our Only Hope, and Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, co-written with Allan Boesak.
Allan Boesak is a pastor in the Uniting Reformed Church and has served the church in many local, national, and international posts including the South African Council of Churches. At thirty-six years of age he was elected the president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches; the youngest ever, and the first African and person from the developing world to hold that position.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called Allan Boesak the most powerful orator ever produced by South Africa. Allan Boesak is the author or editor of nearly 20 books. His most recent book, Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism , is co-written with Curtiss Paul DeYoung, professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University.
Editor-in-chief, Native News Network
The Office of Multicultural Education is proud to present our Native American Heritage Celebration event entitled "Kill The Indian, Save the Man: How American Indians Survived", with special guest presenter Levi Rickert.
Wednesday, November 14th - 6:00 pm
Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center
Levi Rickert will give a compelling presentation on how American Indians have yet survived despite concerted efforts to eradicate their culture. He will discuss the Indian boarding school era; relocation of thousands of American Indians to cities; and the resurgence of American Indian culture. As the editor of the award-winning Native News Network, he has a front seat view into what is happening among American Indians today.