Humanity is Worth It

In 2019, a new social advocacy drama addressing homelessness and the general public was released in the U.S. The Big Read Documentary Film Screening this week showed this film, “The Public,” on November 5 at the Knickerbocker Theatre. In the approach to educate its viewers on challenging issues, the film addresses poverty, homelessness, mental illness…


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…