Diversity Lecture Series XXI

Diversity Lecture Series

The Diversity Lecture Series is intended to give insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan Community. The series is designed to introduce an essential component of education in helping audiences consider perspectives other than their own, encouraging civil debate, broadening the basis for critical thought and promoting cultural understanding.

  • All lectures are free and open to all
  • Lectures begin at 7 p.m.
    Fountain Street Church
    24 Fountain Street NE
    Grand Rapids MI 49503
  • ASL interpreted
  • Book signing follows authors' lectures
  • For more information, please call 616-234-3390

2015-2016 Diversity Lecture Series XXI

Celebrating 21 Years of Diverse Voices

September 23, 2015

Latino Culture and Identity

Henry R. Muñoz III

Henry Muñoz III
Board Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Munoz & Co., Co-founder of TheDream.US.

Henry R. Muñoz III is a nationally respected voice in the discourse about the imprint of Latino culture and identity upon American society in the 21st century. A designer, social activist, opinion leader and philanthropist, Muñoz works across multiple platforms that converge at the intersection of politics and the built environment.

October 21, 2015


Michael Twitty

Michael Twitty
Food Writer, Scholar, Culinary Historian and Educator

Noted culinary and cultural historian Michael Twitty is the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African-American historic foodways and their legacy. He has appeared on “Bizarre Foods America” and “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” with Henry Louis Gates Jr. His upcoming book, "The Cooking Gene," documents the connection between food history and family history, from Africa to America, from slavery to freedom.

November 11, 2015

The World Beyond Your Head

Matthew Crawford

Matthew Crawford
Author and Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

Philosopher and mechanic Matthew Crawford is the author of the New York Times best-seller Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work and The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction. In The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one’s own mind, with implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces and democracy itself.

February 17, 2016

Mass Incarceration and Justice in America

Benjamin Todd Jealous

Benjamin Todd Jealous
Civil and Human Rights Leader, former NAACP President, Venture Capitalist and Author

Benjamin Todd Jealous, former NAACP president, recently joined the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kapor Capital. Jealous says, “reforming the nations criminal justice systems is one of the most urgent civil right issues of our time. More African Americans men are entangled in the criminal justice system today than were enslaved in 1850.”

March 16, 2016

Stuck in the Middle With You: Parenthood in Three Genders

Jennifer Boylan

Jennifer Boylan
Author, Political Activist and Anna Quindlen Writer In Residence at Columbia University’s Barnard College

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of the memoir "Stuck in the Middle With You: Parenthood in Three Genders," one of the first best-selling works by a transgender American. She is an activist for LGBT people — and transgender men and women in particular — through her writing and her involvement on the board of directors of GLAAD and on the board of trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender and Reproduction.