Daily Archives: October 21, 2019


Hispanic Heritage Month on campus

This month Hope College is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. It began as a week-long celebration in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson but…


In our backyard: Every human counts

When thinking of human trafficking—the world’s second most profitable criminal industry—what comes to mind? Dirty faces peeking out from a shack? Women dancing on a bar in Thailand? Liam Neeson busting down a brothel door? Sure. But expand that picture to include the local nail salon, Grand Rapids Art Prize, and the Michigan/Michigan State football…


The Rwandan Phoenix: Beauty from the Ashes

200,000 people are chronically forgotten in Western reporting on the Rwandan Genocide. Most articles cite an early UN estimate putting the death count at 800,000, ignoring a Rwandan Government census that identified 1,074,017 victims by name, profession, and method of murder. We continuously forget, be it intentional or unknowingly, a fifth of the murdered. From…