Arts Briefs

Maddie Forshee

Arts Briefs

Science in Islam

The Muslim Student Association is hosting Halim Naeem Nov. 19 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. to give a presentation titled “Science in Islam: Biological Facts in the Holy Quran.”

Naeem will be talking about scientific facts that were revealed in the Quran 1,400 years ago, before the establishment of modern science. The lecture will be followed by discussion and a reception. The event is LIB 100/201 approved.

Last Lecture

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Idema Pew Library’s Multipurpose Room, Dean of Students Bart Merkle will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Last Lecture. Merkle was chosen to be this year’s lecturer because he will be retiring soon. Last Lecture is an annual event put on by student senate where students can nominate a professor or administrator to give a lecture on any topic of their choosing. For more information, visit

Stoic Week

This week, GVSU’s classics department is hosting a “Stoic Week” modeled after the same events at the University of Exeter and King’s College London. Two of the three lectures have already taken place, while the third takes place on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. in AuSable Hall Room 2120. The week aims to get community members to adopt the stoic practice of exercitatio as a means to consider the practical implications of stoic ethics in the modern world, to explore the foundations of stoic cognitive resilience and to participate in mindful practice. For more information, visit

Sustainable Agriculture Project

The Sustainable Agriculture Project on Luce Street is hosting open volunteer hours on Nov. 20 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The SAP is a student-run farm that houses flowerbeds, greenhouses, a water reclamation system and many more community-driven projects. The project hosts volunteer hours three times a week for students who want to get involved and get their hands dirty. The food grown on the farm is sold through community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares through the end of October. For more information about the Sustainable Agriculture Project, visit

‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’

GVSU’s theater department will wrap up their production “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” this weekend. The show, written by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by GVSU’s Michael Mueller, showcases 36 individuals related to the aftermath of the acquittal of four LAPD officers charged with assaulting Rodney King. The play is designed to promote discussion about social change. Post-show discussions will take place after each performance. The play will take place Nov. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and the last showing will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students ahead of time and $7 at the door.

Turkey Trot

The Grand Valley State University Running Club is hosting the GVSU Turkey Trot on Saturday at 10 a.m. All of the proceeds from the 5K walk and run will go to Kids’ Food Basket. For more information, visit