posted November 18, 2008

“Act on Racism” Presentation to Be Nov. 20

Hope College will host a performance by "Act on Racism" and follow-up discussion on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The event was originally to have been presented on Thursday, Nov. 13, but was rescheduled in the wake of the norovirus outbreak that prompted the college to be shut down from the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 7, through the early morning of Wednesday, Nov. 12.

"Act on Racism" is a student-oriented group at Grand Valley State University.  Brought together in August 2005 by Professor Jennifer Stewart, the group members strive to increase contemporary awareness of racism by reenacting racist incidents that have occurred in West Michigan and presenting an opportunity for audiences to engage in an open discussion about controversial issues regarding race and ethnicity.  "Act on Racism" has performed in numerous classrooms as well as at the Michigan Sociological Convention, at the Wealthy Street Theater, the University of Chicago and various other events.

The Nov. 20 event is sponsored by the Hope's Asian Perspective Association (HAPA) student group.  HAPA's mission is to aid in the establishment of diversity and to promote awareness on Hope College's campus of Asian and Asian-American history, experiences, issues and perspectives.

The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Avenue at 10th Street.