Lecture Series

2019-29 Lecture Series Opens Oct. 3 with “Building Bridges Across Racial Divides”

Larry Feldman M.D. and Sandy Feldman M.S.W.

Larry Feldman M.D. and Sandy Feldman M.S.W.

The Muskegon Community College Lecture Series opens the 2019-20 academic year on Thursday, Oct. 3, when Larry Feldman, M.D., and Sandy Feldman, M.S.W., will discuss the interesting and formative findings in their recently published book Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Center Room 1300 on the MCC main campus.

The Feldmans are diversity educators and consultants, adjunct instructors at Lake Michigan College, and practicing psychotherapists. They have been honored for their work in race relations by Andrews University, Lake Michigan College, United Way, the Race Relations Council, the Council for World Class Communities, and the League of Women Voters.

Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide offers a hopeful view of how well-constructed diversity initiatives can combat entrenched racial prejudice and segregation in American life. The book provides an extensive review of research on methods for reducing stereotypes and prejudice. The authors describe multiple initiatives designed to reduce the negative effects of racial separation by bringing together children, teens, and adults from different racial groups to share a variety of positive experiences.

“The Feldman’s tireless work in racial reconciliation has fostered healing and hope for many years in southwest Michigan,” said Andy Wible, MCC philosophy instructor and coordinator of the MCC Lecture Series. “Come hear Larry and Sandy share their lifelong experiences of struggle and hope overcoming the racial divide, and consider how their experiences and research might apply to bridging the gap in Muskegon.”

For more information on the lecture, contact Andy Wible at (231) 777-0626.

Previous MCC Lecture Series Topics

    • “From Big Data to Big Wisdom” – April 11, 2019
      Dr. Andrew Targowski, Professor Emeritus of Business Information Systems at Western Michigan University, author and a pioneer of applied information systems in Poland
    • “Shadow Imagery in Cold War Culture” – Feb. 20, 2019
      Dr. Erik Mortenson, literary scholar, writer, translator, and writing center consultant at Lake Michigan College
    • “Why Not Lying is Not Enough” – Oct. 11, 2018
      Sherman Clark, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School
    • “Ethical Challenges to Advance Care Planning” – April 16, 2018
      Devan Stahl, an assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
    • “Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of disease” – March 15, 2018
      Dr. Trevor Hoppe, assistant professor of sociology at SUNY Albany, and author of Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of sickness
    • Names Writ in Water: Mythology, Symbolism, and the Natural World,” – Oct. 26, 2017 MCC English Instructor Michael Johnson
    • “Current and Emerging Water Resource Issues Facing the Planet” – Oct. 2, 2017
      Dr. Alan D. Steinman, the  Allen and Helen Hunting Director and Professor at Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon
    • “Take on Hate: Silence is Not an Option” – Feb. 2, 2017
      Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature and an adviser to the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE
    • “Indian Children in American History” – Nov. 17, 2016
      Matthew Fletcher
    • “Mindfulness: Practice and Benefits” – Oct. 5, 2016
      Dat Pham, PharmD, CDM
    • “Ancient Rome and Human Sacrifice – Jan. 28. 2016
      Dr. Celia Schultz,  University of Michigan faculty member and author/researcher on Roman religion and the history and literature of the Roman Republic
    • “The Importance of Myth: A Panel Discussion” – Oct. 29, 2015
      Panelists: 
      Andy Wible, Instructor of Philosophy at MCC; Michael Johnson, Instructor of English; Alfredo Hernandez, Instructor of World Religions; and Bill Utrecht, Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.