2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium


Author, actor Hill Harper to deliver symposium keynote

Award-winning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist Hill Harper will deliver the 32nd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium keynote memorial lecture.

Trotter Lecture to feature Janet Mock, Amiyah Scott

Acclaimed author Janet Mock and actor Amiyah Scott will serve as keynote speakers for the Trotter Multicultural Center’s fourth annual W.M. Trotter Lecture.

Andrea J. Ritchie to discuss police violence against women of color

Author, advocate and police misconduct attorney Andrea J. Ritchie will discuss how women of color experience brutality at the hands of law enforcement.

Emory professor to explore concept of white rage

Carol Anderson, an Emory University professor and author, will discuss white rage and its role in history during the Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture.

Carillonist to use music against silence

A historic work of carillon music penned by African-American composer Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson will ring across campus as part of “Music Against Silence.” Tiffany Ng, university carillonist and assistant professor of carillon, will perform Nelson’s 1973 “Carillon Dances.”

‘Porgy and Bess’ symposium to tackle cultural appropriation

The multi-day “Porgy and Bess” symposium will explore the issues of race, representation and cultural appropriation that surround this iconic 20th century American opera.

SMTD performance to celebrate musical life of African Americans

“Out of the Silence” will celebrate the musical life of African Americans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and showcase seldom-heard works by several black American composers.

HuffPost editor to discuss role of journalism, free press

HuffPost editor-in-chief and Livingston Award winner Lydia Polgreen will discuss the role of journalism in a democracy and its responsibility in the current moment.

Panel to highlight health partnership to help LGBTQ youth

A partnership between the Ruth Ellis Center and the Henry Ford Health System that aims to improve the long-term health outcomes of LGBTQ youth is the topic of a panel discussion.

No Safety Net talk to examine social justice and theater

Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine and dramaturg and producer P. Carl will discuss the relationship between theater and social justice, as well as how theater-making is an act of citizenship.

Mabel O. Wilson to deliver Taubman lecture

Columbia University professor Mabel O. Wilson will deliver the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial lecture.

James Forman Jr. to discuss incarceration and black leaders

James Forman Jr., a Yale Law School professor and former public defender, will argue how the decisions of black leaders played a role in the mass incarceration of people of color.

Adewale Troutman to deliver Health Sciences Lecture

Adewale Troutman, a health equity advocate and public health expert, will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Health Sciences Lecture.

MLK Symposium 2018 calendar of events

A list of many of the events scheduled for the 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.


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