Human Rights Movie Night: ‘Blood Diamond’

Documenting the 1999 civil war in Sierra Leone, celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio star in “Blood Diamond,” a feature-length thriller movie about war, smugglers and pervasive human rights violations within the diamond industry of Southern Africa.

The Human Rights Movie Night event Thursday, Sept. 15 invites students to discuss human rights issues during this time. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the event will be held in Kirkhof Center Room 2263.

The event is free and LIB 100/201 approved.

Fall Arts Celebration music event

From Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House and even the White House, the Ying Quartet has established itself performing in the music world for more than two decades. West Michigan audiences are invited to join the celebration featuring renditions of Beethoven’s iconic chamber works Monday, Sept. 12.

Located in the Cook-DeWitt Center, the free show begins at 7:30 p.m. The quartet will join Grand Valley State University faculty for a performance of Beethoven’s “Septet in E-flat major” and “Opus 20.”

West Michigan drug epidemic support

Grand Valley State University welcomes the Families Against Narcotics (FAN) chapter Tuesday, Sept. 13, which is an organization formed to reach out to those whose lives are affected by drugs. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Krikhof Center’s Grand River Room. This event will evaluate the drug epidemic in West Michigan through the experiences of Phil Pavona.

Discussing ethics and social justice, the event will allow audience members to reflect on individual and social factors regarding the epidemic. Pavona’s message involves educating and informing college students about the reality of narcotics and the harmful affects on the individual.

Question, Persuade and Refer training at GVSU

Every 15 minutes in the U.S., someone commits suicide. Today, suicide remains the second-leading cause of death among college students. The question, persuade and refer (QPR) program dispels the common misconceptions about suicide, helps students identify warning signs of suicide and empowers others to take action using the QPR method.

During the workshop, students will examine the issue of suicide from both a social and multicultural perspective, while considering their own role in prevention. The event will take place Monday, Sept. 13 in Kirkhof Center Room 2270 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.