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September 25, 2017


Documentary follows journey to Standing Rock

The documentary that follows Native American members from West Michigan on their journey to Standing Rock Indian Reservation will be shown at an event sponsored by the Kutsche Office of Local History.

"We the 7th" will be screened on Tuesday, September 26, from 6-9 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library, multipurpose room. The documentary was produced by Mariano Avila for WGVU's Mutually Inclusive program.

Panelists Belinda Bardwell, member of the Native American Advisory Board, and Seth Sutton, from Montcalm Community College, will join Avila to discuss the film.

The event is approved for LIB 100/201 courses; for more information, visit


Design thinking event to spotlight the power of empathy

Empathy allows people to understand and share the feelings of others, and it is also a key component of the design thinking process, which is used to solve complex problems in the world.

During an upcoming campus presentation, the difference between affective empathy (subconscious) and cognitive empathy (conscious) will be explored, as well as how these concepts apply to design thinking.

“Empathy is the key starting point to true design thinking and understanding the difference between empathy and sympathy is beneficial to meeting the needs of others,” said John Berry, director of Grand Valley’s Design Thinking Initiative and Design Thinking Academy.

Randy Salzman, a design thinking-based author, educator and consultant, will present “Empathy: Abstract to Application” on September 27, from 6-7 p.m. in the Seidman Center, Loosemore Forum.

“Many people struggle with seeing life through another’s eyes, and this presentation expands the human ability to recognize complexity and difference,” said Salzman. “Rather than attempt to measure student empathy, we will focus on enlarging students’ ‘latitude of acceptance’ around their own human silos.”

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Lecture to dissect confessions during police interrogations

Why do innocent people confess to crimes during police interrogations? This is one question that will be answered during the seventh annual James W. Carey Memorial Lecture.

Featured lecturer Kyle Scherr, associate professor of psychology at Central Michigan University, will discuss why innocence can still lead to injustice by presenting evidence from wrongful conviction cases and experimental psychological science.

Scherr, who also serves as the director of the Experimental Program at CMU, will present "Arresting Signs: From Miranda Waivers, Through False Confessions to Wrongful Convictions” September 27 at 7 p.m. in the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium.

Scherr’s current research projects examine the psychology and laws surrounding police interrogations. His research explores the various causes for why suspects offer confessions during interrogations, and the psychological factors that influence suspects’ comprehension of and willingness to forego their Miranda rights.

Sponsors for this year’s Carey Memorial Lecture are the Communication Studies major, School of Communications, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sociology Department, Psychology Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Provost’s Office and Psi Chi National Honor Society.

For more information, contact Valerie Peterson, professor of communications studies, at


Shakespeare Festival to honor Bard’s legacy

For the 24th consecutive year, the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival will explore and celebrate the life and works of William Shakespeare with multiple events September 29-November 4.

Grand Valley’s annual festival is the oldest and largest Shakespeare festival in Michigan and attracts more than 6,000 guests each year.

To kick off this year’s Shakespeare Festival, students will bring to life what is believed to be the Bard’s final solo-written plays. Shakespeare wraps themes of love, betrayal, vengeance, forgiveness, redemption and magic into “The Tempest.”

Performances of “The Tempest” will take place September 29, 30 and October 5, 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., and October 1 and 8, at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in Louis Armstrong Theatre, located inside the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts. Sign language interpretation will be available during the October 5 performance.

actors embracing

Photo by Valerie Wojciechowski 

Performances of 'The Tempest,' are scheduled September 29-October 7 and highlight the annual Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and GVSU alumni, faculty and staff, and $6 for students and groups. Five percent of total ticket sales for public performances of “The Tempest” will be donated to The American Red Cross to contribute to hurricane relief efforts. Tickets are available at the Louis Armstrong Theatre Box Office, call (616) 331-2300.


Shakespeare Behind Bars

“The Tempest” will be directed by guest artist Curt Tofteland, founder and producing director of Shakespeare Behind Bars, Inc., the oldest North American Shakespeare program that takes place in medium security prisons.

The award-winning documentary, “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” traces the success of the program while demonstrating the transformational power of performing Shakespeare's works. A public screening of the documentary and a discussion with Tofteland will take place October 4, at 7 p.m., in Louis Armstrong Theatre.

This year’s Shakespeare Festival will welcome guest scholar-in-residence, John Andrews, founder and president of the renowned Shakespeare Guild. Andrews also served as the resident scholar during Grand Valley’s first Shakespeare Festival in 1994. 

Andrews will give a public lecture in conjunction with performances of “The Tempest,” entitled “Why Shakespeare's 'Brave New World' Continues to Resonate: Reflections on The Tempest,” on September 29, at 4 p.m., in the Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room. The presentation will be preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. and include a performance of this year’s festival Greenshow: “The Devil is an Ass.”


Bard to Go

Grand Valley’s traveling Shakespeare troupe, Bard to Go, also returns this year with a new 50-minute production, “The Wonder of Will: This Is Your Afterlife!”

This year’s production asks what would happen if the Bard was brought back to life and taken on an adventure through his most famous plays. The production includes scenes from “Hamlet,” “Richard III,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth,” and “The Merchant of Venice.”

Bard to Go will perform for students at various secondary schools throughout and as an ArtPrize entry from noon-5 p.m. on September 30 and October 1 at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids.

Bard to Go will also perform at 1 p.m. on November 4 in the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium. For more information, visit

Ford Motor Company CEO to speak on campus

Jim Hackett, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, is the featured speaker for the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture October 2.

Hackett's speech, "Technology and Human Promise," will begin at 8 a.m. in the L. William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

Hackett has been at the helm of Ford Motor Company since May 2017 and is a member of the company's board of directors. Prior to serving in this role, he was chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC. 

In February 2014, Hackett retired as CEO of Steelcase after 30 years of helping transform the office furniture company into a global leader. He graduated with a degree in finance from the University of Michigan in 1977, where he also played on the university’s football team. 

At Grand Valley, Hackett served on the 2011 Honorary Executive Cabinet for the Building for Life campaign, the 2005 Honorary Executive Cabinet of the Innovation campaign and on the committee for the Engineering Laboratories Building campaign. He was also awarded the 1999 Grand Valley Leadership Award.

To RSVP, contact the Seidman College of Business at (616) 331-7100.

Jim Hackett

Jim Hackett


Wellness Summit, other fitness events planned

The first Wellness Summit on campus will be held on October 4 from 2-8 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, second floor.

Sponsored by the Health and Wellness Task Force, the summit will feature short (5-6 minute) presentations from students, faculty and staff members; tabling by campus wellness programs and vendors; cooking demonstrations; and a flu vaccine clinic.

Details, including a schedule of presentations, are online at

• Walk with the President

The second Walk with the President will be held October 13; the two-mile walk around the Allendale Campus is led by President Thomas J. Haas and draws attention to the Exercise is Medicine initiative.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cook Carillon Tower, check-in is at 9:45 a.m. and the first 100 participants will receive a free t-shirt. The Laker Marching Band and Louie the Laker will kick off the walk.

Heather Peddie, affiliate faculty of exercise science, said the global initiative Exercise is Medicine encourages participating colleges and universities to promote physical activity on campus. More information is online at

• Pedometer Challenge

The six-week fitness competition will run October 2-November 13. Open to faculty and staff members, the challenge allows participants to track pedometer steps as an individual or team. Team registration is open, visit for information. 


Counseling center participates in screening day

The University Counseling Center will participate in National Depression Screening Day October 5 by offering confidential screenings and providing information about mood-related and anxiety disorders.

Interested students can participate screenings at the Kirkhof Center from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-6 p.m., Campus Recreation Center from 2-6 p.m., DeVos Center, room 125C, from 2-6 p.m., and the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

More information, including an online screening questionnaire, is available at


Ott Lecture to focus on how new drugs are discovered

How are new drugs discovered? This question will be answered by chemist and educator Brian Shoichet during the Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry at Grand Valley.

The presentation will take place October 5 at 6 p.m. in the the Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room, a reception will begin at 5 p.m.

During his presentation, Shoichet, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss the social, economic and technological events that have enabled the development of new drug discovery over the past 70 years. He will also touch on the regulatory and technological challenges of modern drug research and new scientific discoveries that are driving this research forward.

Shoichet will also facilitate a chemistry seminar on October 6, at 1 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room.

The Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry was created and endowed by a gift from the late Arnold C. and Marion Ott. 

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