Three scholars will use an upcoming panel discussion, part of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, to explore how King’s lessons have guided and impacted their research.

The event, “MLK’s Legacy for Social and Behavioral Science Research: Perspectives from New Scholars,” will begin at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Room 1430 at the Institute for Social Research. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in the institute’s atrium.

The panel will feature Lloyd M. Talley, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Social Work; Taylor W. Hargrove, assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and DeAnnah R. Byrd, a postdoctoral scholar in the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University.

The moderator is David C. Wilson, senior associate dean for the social sciences, and professor of political science and psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware.   

“The big focus of this event, and the reason for organizing multiple speakers, is to show MLK’s legacy across different domains of research, (and) also across these individual scholars,” said Catherine Allen-West, ISR communications director.

Talley has studied identity development among young black men in urban areas who are transitioning to adulthood, with implications for risk prevention programs.

Hargrove has researched the development of disparities in health, focusing on the consequences of race, skin color, gender and social class.

Byrd has studied racial disparities in cognitive health outcomes over the adult life course and how disease burden affects cognition in black people.

Allen-West said each panelist will talk about their fields of study and how their work is linked to King’s legacy. There will also be time for audience questions.

The event is free and open to the public.

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