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UN Day 2013: A Symposium to Commemorate the Founding of the United Nations

This inaugural conference seeks to serve as an annual forum devoted to fostering an understanding of the UN mission, American foreign policy and political geography.


Events are open to the public and held in Room 108 Sneden Hall, GRCC DeVos Campus unless otherwise noted.

2:00-3:00 p.m. (Watch it now:

Plenary Lecture: The Role of Journalism in Post-Soviet Central Asian Countries by Dr. Leon Yacher, Professor of Geography, Southern Connecticut State University

3:15-4:15 p.m. (Watch it now:

Roundtable Discussion:  The United Nations: Retrospect and Prospect including Prof. Gordan Vurusic, Associate Professor of Political Science, Grand Rapids Community College, Prof. Keith St. Clair, Professor of Political Science, Grand Rapids Community College and Dr. Joel Westra, Associate Professor of Political Science, Calvin College

6:30-7:30 p.m. (Watch it now:

Keynote Address: In Pursuit of Peace: Israel and the Palestinian Authority by Dr. Yael Aronoff, Serling Chair in Israel Studies and Associate Professor in International Relations at James Madison College, Michigan State University

7:30-7:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks:  Global Citizenship and Higher Education by Dr. Michael DeVivo, Professor of Geography, Grand Rapids Community College



Sponsors:  Department of Social Sciences, GRCC; Grand Rapids Chapter, United Nations Association of the United States of America and the GRCC "Honors" Chapter of The International Geographical Honor Society.


More Interesting Interview and Lecture Videos:

Price, M. 2010. Immigration in a Global Age: Cities, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Place.
Sheehan, R. 2013. Identity, Tourism, and Racialization in New Orleans’s Jackson Square.
Swanson, K. 2012. Exploring Race, Gender, and Childhood in the Ecuadorian Andes: A Geographical Perspective.
Yacher, L. 2011. Ethnicity, Settlement, Conflict, and Reconciliation in Central Asia: A Geographical Perspective.   Yacher, L. 2009. African-Americans in New Haven, Connecticut: A Historical Geography.
GRCC Conversation with a Geographer Interviews DeVivo, M. 2013. Conversation with a Geographer: Jerry Redfern and Karen Coates.
DeVivo, M. 2013. Conversation with a Geographer: Rebecca Sheehan.
DeVivo, M. 2012. Conversation with a Geographer: Kate Swanson.
DeVivo, M. 2011. Diversity Conversation: Nicholas Kristof.