A pair of panel discussions organized by the IDS 210, “Introduction to American Ethnic Studies,” class at Hope will focus on “Breaking the Silence” in exploring issues related to race, racism and racialization at Hope and in the United States.

The campus community is invited. Admission is free.

The events will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theatre.

Each panel will consist of four to five Hope faculty and staff members answering questions designed by the class, with time at the end for further questions from the audience. The discussions are designed to enlighten, inform and create a supportive atmosphere with the goal of a brighter future for Hope.

The studio theatre is near the southeastern corner of the ground level of the DeWitt Center, which is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.