2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium


MLK Symposium keynote to feature Julia Putnam, Tim Wise

Author and educator Tim Wise and Detroit school principal and writer Julia Putnam will deliver the 33rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium memorial keynote lecture, and a moderated dialogue. The lecture begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 in Hill Auditorium.

Trotter Center to host grandson of labor leader César Chávez

In his directorial debut, “Hailing César,” the grandson of César Chávez embarks on a journey to better understand his grandfather’s legacy. The film will be presented by the Trotter Multicultural Center Jan. 15 and followed by a moderated discussion with Edwardo Chávez.

Scholar, commentator Michael Eric Dyson to speak Jan. 21

As part the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, award-winning author and scholar Michael Eric Dyson will deliver a talk at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Michigan League. He specializes in race relations and black American culture, music and history.

Jacquelyn Taylor to deliver Health Sciences Lecture

Jacquelyn Taylor, a New York University professor who studies factors contributing to health disparities, will deliver the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Health Sciences Lecture on Jan. 21.

Julie J. Park to discuss Harvard affirmative action lawsuit

Julie J. Park, a University of Maryland, College Park associate professor, will discuss a recent Harvard University affirmative action case and how Asian Americans fit into the debate about race-conscious college admissions on Jan. 23.

Mathematician Suzanne L. Weekes to keynote Browne Colloquium

Suzanne L. Weekes, professor of mathematical sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will deliver a lecture focusing on creating pathways for a more diverse generation of young people in mathematics communities.

University community invited to share experiences with bias

In concert with the 2019 MLK Symposium theme “Unravel,” the Committee for Intercultural Development will host an event for members of the university community to share their stories of how they choose to respond to others’ biases and reflect on their own.

‘Past Tense’ performance to explore justice and violence

“Past Tense” will use poetry, videos and music to serve as a meditation and response to violence against African Americans at the hands of law enforcement and others in authority.

Department of Dance presents annual concert, ‘Complex Rhythms’

The Department of Dance will present the annual ‘Complex Rhythms’ dance concert in the Power Center for the Performing Arts. Performances run from Feb. 7 through Feb. 10.



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