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"Dialogue on Race" Series Features
Two Events in November

Posted November 2, 2001

HOLLAND -- The "Dialogue on Race" Series at Hope College will examine cross-cultural adoption and the use of Native American imagery on Thursday, Nov. 8, and Tuesday, Nov. 13, respectively.

The series will feature the film "First Person Plural" and a panel discussion on Thursday, Nov. 8, and the film "In Whose Honor?" and audience discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Both events will be at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Maas Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.

The public is invited. Admission is free. "First Person Plural" is a documentary that explores the life of Deann Borshay Liem, a woman of Korean descent adopted by Caucasian parents, as she struggles to find her family, culture and identity. A panel discussion featuring members of the Hope community who have had experience with cross-cultural adoption will follow the film. The participants include Gary Camp, director of admissions; Emily Cronkite, a sophomore from Holland; Dr. Margaret Kennedy-Dygas, professor of music; Keshia Pike, a sophomore from Stanton who is a resident assistant at Hope; and Dr. J. Jeffery Tyler, associate professor of religion and Towsley Research Scholar.

"In Whose Honor?" examines the use of Native American imagery in athletic competition, and considers how the use of such images could be degrading to Native Americans. Audience discussion will be facilitated by Sharron Detz, who is an Anishnabequay from the Turtle Clan of Grand Rapids of the Ottawa Indians, and is also the director of Native American ministry for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. She is former coordinator of the Institute of Healing Racism for the diocese, and has held a variety of other community leadership roles.

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