Tues, Jan 12, 4 pm: Film, “Loving Our Home, Syria, Forever,” by renowned Japanese film maker Saori Fujii; based on interviews with Syrians who have fled their home for other countries; examines hardships faced by Syrian refugees while reminding viewers of the beauty, culture and history of Syria. Presented by Dr. Megumi Hirayama, visiting exchange professor from Mejii Gakuin University, Japan. Event opens up the Spring 2016 Critical Issues Symposium, “Engaging the Middle East: Understanding Contemporary Changes”. More about CIS. At Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center, Columbia Ave at 10th St, Holland.
Thurs, Jan 14, 4:30 pm: Lecture, “Syrian Voices of the Unheard,” by visiting exchange professor Dr. Megumi Hirayama of Mejii Gakuin University, Japan. She has been employed by the United Nations, World Health Organization and other international organizations. At Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center, Columbia Ave at 10th St, Holland.
Thurs, Jan 14, 7 pm: Intriguing Conversation Series: “Batey 106: Sugar + Migrant Workers + The Value of Education.” Join members of Saugatuck High School Interact Club for a timely conversation about immigration, migrant workers and education. Free. (269) 857-2399; www.sc4a.org. At Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St, Saugatuck.
Mon, Jan 18, 2 pm to 5 pm: Documentary films, “Black History: A Retrospective,” followed by panel discussion. MLK Day of Service hosted by African American Awareness and Development Organization. Includes refreshments. At Herrick District Library auditorium, 300 South River, Holland.
Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm: Soul Food Fest. Hosted by Office of Multicultural Education and Hope College Dining Services. Cost is $6 for community members. At Phelps Dining Hall, 10th St and Columbia Ave, Holland.
Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 7 pm: Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Lecture. Keynote speaker is Hope College graduate David A. Paul. His lecture, “Dare to be BOLD,” will examine King’s early life and career and what causes a man to aggressively fight against injustice. A particular focus will be Dr. King’s courage to lead despite continuous and real threats to his life. At Dimnent Memorial Chapel, College Ave at 12th St, Holland.
Exhibit: “Common Ground: African American Art”; open through March 20. Sculptures, paintings, and works on paper by more than 60 artists, divided into 5 thematic areas: Gaining Access, New Self-Awareness, Political and Social Expressions, Examining Identities, and Towards Abstraction. Includes works from the Flint Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Muskegon Art Museum. www.muskegonartmuseum.org At Muskegon Art Museum, 296 West Webster Ave, Muskegon.
Community Opportunity: Asian Americans will be featured in story collections. Beginning Wednesday, January 6 (also Jan 16, 20, 22, and 25) interested Asian Americans in the community can volunteer to share their story and be photographed at Herrick District Library. No appointments necessary. Collection will be celebrated at a community reception in May during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. (616) 355-3100 or http://www.herrickdl.org
Courtesy of the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony
Submitted by Reyna Masko