Linguistics MLK Colloquium with Lenore Grenoble, 4-5:30 p.m., 4448 East Hall, 530 Church St. Grenoble is the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago.
For more: lsa.umich.edu/linguistics
Art of Impact – Jade Simmons: Concert Pianist & Powerhouse Speaker, 4:30-6 p.m. in Stamps Auditorium. The School of Music Theatre and Dance presents the performance by Simmons, a concert pianist and powerhouse speaker.
For more: www.music.umich.edu
MLK Children and Youth Program, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Lec 2 Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington St. Metro K-12 students are invited to take part in this day of activities, which will include storytelling, guided discussions, group projects, skits, rap poetry, a range of musical performances, and a talk from Dr. Joseph Kimbrough, a noted energizing youth motivator and author of the recently published book, “GAMEON: Tools And Strategies For Living On Purpose.”
Keynote lecture with Issa Rae and Amy Goldman, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., doors open at 9:30 a.m., free and open to the public, Hill Auditorium. Rae, writer, producer and Golden Globe-nominated star of HBO’s “Insecure,” and Amy Goodman, award-winning investigative journalist, author, syndicated columnist, and host of “Democracy Now!” will participate in a discussion.
For more: oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/memorial-keynote-lecture/
Your Role in Social Change, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Large Meeting Room at The Connector, 603 E. Madison St. Join LSA Honors and The Connector to watch the keynote address for the annual MLK Symposium. Then stick around to participate in a discussion surrounding our collective roles in social change at Michigan and beyond. Brunch will be provided.
For more: honorsra.com
Health Sciences Lecture: “The Liberian Ebola Epidemic: Sounds of War and Sounds of Change” Mosoka Fallah, noon-2 p.m. at Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center at University Hospital, second floor. Leading the fight against the Liberian Ebola epidemic that has claimed more than 4,000 lives since 2014, Fallah serves as the Ebola Emergency-Response Program manager for Action Contre la Faim – Liberia. In his presentation, Fallah offers his perspective as a frontline worker on issues on the impact of war on health care infrastructure, service provision, disease surveillance and disease management systems. The School of Social Work, Medical School, Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research, School of Nursing, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Dentistry, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers – Human Resources, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers – Service Excellence, and School of Kinesiology sponsor the event.
Ringing for Change: Carillon Music by African American Composers, noon-12:30 p.m. on the 10th floor of Burton Memorial Tower. The Organ Department and School of Music, Theatre & Dance presents Assistant Professor Tiffany Ng and students performing works by African-American composers including U-M alumnus Augustus O. Hill on the 53-bell Charles Baird Carillon. Ng will give the world premiere of a commissioned work by Wilbert Roget II, which is co-sponsored by Diversity and Inclusion at SMTD. The belfry of Burton Tower will be open to the public during the recital. Please take the elevator to the eighth floor and then stairs to the 10th floor observation deck. This event is family-friendly. Warm clothes are advised.
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The Revolutionary’s Soundtrack, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Room, Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Ave., Suite 150, Detroit. U-M Detroit Center presents a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard that will discuss how music has impacted and reflected social consciousness over time.
For more: www.detroitcenter.umich.edu
Y(our) Story: Sounds of Change – Hear My Story, 1-2:30 p.m. at 1255 Angell Hall. LSA Student Academic Affairs & Comprehensive Studies Program invites members of the university community to share their stories through written or spoken word, performance pieces, poems, ciphers, art, music, or song.
For more: lsa.umich.edu/advising
“One Drop of Love,” 2-4:30 p.m. at the Lydia Mendalshonn Theater. U-M Library presents this multimedia solo performance by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni. This extraordinary one-woman show incorporates filmed images, photographs and animation to tell the story of how the notion of ‘race’ came to be in the United States and how it affects our most intimate relationships.
For more: www.lib.umich.edu
MLK Day Circle of Unity, 3-4 p.m. at the Diag on Central Campus. The Michigan Community Scholars Program invites the entire U-M and local community — students, staff, faculty, children and families — to attend the annual event. Joe Reilly and Julie Beutel will lead song and dance in the spirit of MLK along with U-M Gospel Chorale, Smile Bringer Singers, The Movement, and others.
For more: lsa.umich.edu/mcsp
What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About: MLK’s thoughts and teachings on the dangers of war and militarism, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Pond Room, Michigan Union. Veterans For Peace and Office of Veteran and Military Services presents the talk by William Shea and Bob Krzewinski.
For more: VFP93.org
Citizen, An American Lyric: A Discussion with Claudia Rankine, 4-5:30 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. The Institute for Social Research and the Institute for the Humanities present noted poet and MacArthur Fellow Rankine, who will discuss American racism through her highly-acclaimed lyric poem, “Citizen.”
For more: isr.umich.edu/seh/hickenm.html
Organizing for Change: Social Work Strategies and Tactics, 4-6 p.m. in 1840 ECC School of Social Work. The School of Social Work presents this interactive event, which will focus on effective social work organizing skills.
For more: ssw.umich.edu
Stamps in Color Exhibition: Redefining Identity | Opening Reception, 7-8 p.m. at the Duderstadt Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design will present the exhibit Redefining Identity from Jan. 9-21, also in the Duderstadt Gallery. Stamps in Color is a student-led organization dedicated to increasing the creative, social and professional opportunities of peers, faculty and staff of color at the Stamps School. SiC organizes an annual winter semester exhibition at the Duderstadt Gallery in partnership with the U-M MLK Symposium.
For more: stamps.umich.edu/exhibitions/open_calls
An Afternoon with Junot Diaz, noon-2 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. The Institute for Social Research presents Díaz, who will offer a lecture followed by a 30-minute Q-and-A session. Díaz is a creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, fiction editor at the Boston Review, and author many acclaimed short stories and novels.
For more: home.isr.umich.edu
Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, 4-6 p.m. at 100 Hatcher Graduate Library. The Institute for Research on Women and Gender presents this panel of U-M faculty members who will discuss the recent book, “Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women.” This collection of essays by 15 scholars of history and literature establishes black women’s places in intellectual history by engaging the work of writers, educators, activists, religious leaders, and social reformers in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean. Panelists include U-M professors Martha S. Jones, Tiya Miles and Megan Sweeney.
For more: irwg.umich.edu
Conflict Dialogues, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Wolverine Room, Michigan Union. The Student Conflict Resolution Advisory Board presents a group dialogue in which students, faculty and staff are invited to reflect upon and share their experiences of conflict.
For more: oscr.umich.edu
Galvanizing Social Justice through Comics, 5-7 p.m. at the Michigan Theater Main Auditorium. The Conflict and Peace Initiative at the International Institute presents leading graphic historical novelist Joe Sacco will chronicle how and why he uses the graphic novel format to catalyze social justice and human rights struggles in the United States and around the world.
For more: ii.umich.edu/ii/about-us/conflict-and-peace-initiative.html
SMTD @ UMMA: The Star-Spangled Banner: Transformation, Translation, Amnesia & Remembrance, 7-8:30 p.m. at the U-M Museum of Art Museum Apse. Francis Scott Key’s anthem has traversed a 200-year journey from broadside to victory ballad, protest song to anthem and back again. SMTD Professor Mark Clague, author of an upcoming book on this topic, will explore how these processes of translation and transformation comprise a portrait of the nation, past and present in this lecture-recital-discussion featuring tales from the song’s history, interspersed with live performance.
For more: umma.umich.edu
Shaun King, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. King, a writer and activist will speak.
Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, 4-5:30 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. The Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach presents Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” and founder of The Human Computer Project. She will be exploring the need for a greater diversity of voices in science and the STEM fields as the future of American innovation in a keynote speech that will be followed by a fireside chat and book signing on North Campus. The fireside chat begins at 6:30 p.m. at Stamps Auditorium followed by a 7:15 p.m. reception and book signing.
For more: cedo.engin.umich.edu
Asian/Pacific Islander American Advocacy in the Civil Rights Movement, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Rackham Graduate School Assembly Hall. Asian/Pacific Islander Americans (A/PIA) are often overlooked in the historic civil rights movement; their impact in the movement forgotten. This event is put on through the collaboration of the United Asian American Organizations, the Midwest Asian American Student Union, and the Asian Mentorship Program at the University to explore Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) advocacy in the era of the Civil Rights Movement.
For more: umich.edu/~uaao
Defective, Deficient, Burdensome: Thinking about Bad Bodies, 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Anderson Room, Michigan Union. Join Eli Clare as he uses history, storytelling and poetry to examine the ways in which some bodies and communities are named as bad and disposable. Ranging widely from police brutality to disability-based bullying, he reveals the deep damage done by the notion of defectiveness. This presentation is a part of the Counseling and Psychological Services Harold A. Korn Series on College Student Mental Health. Eli Clare’s new book, “Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure,” will be released from Duke University Press in early February.
For more: eliclare.com
Sounds of Change – How U Respond To Language and Its Impact on Health Disparities, 9-11 a.m. in the Kahn Auditorium, Alfred A. Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building. How does language we are not familiar and comfortable with and our response affect the quality of care African American patients and families receive? Panel discussion hosted by the Division of Public Safety and Security.
For more: dpss.umich.edu
The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, “Healing Through the Sound of Music,” 6-8 p.m. at the Arthur Miller Theater at the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Drama Center. The Association of Black Professionals, and Faculty, Administrators and Staff presents this event. Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye is an international performer who channels Fannie Lou Hamer and takes the audience on a 60-minute journey of storytelling, integrated with song and coupled with a video montage to raise awareness about Hamer’s activism whose efforts led to the passage of the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965. This event is free and open to all.
For more about Fannie Lou Hamer: thefannielouhamerstory.com
For more about ABPFAS and this event: facebook.com/groups/463160937089302/
Race at the Intersection, 10-12:30 p.m. at the Institute for Social Research, Room 1430. Rising and leading anti-racism scholars who are innovative in their conceptualization or measurement of racism’s impact on the individual, community and society. Scholars from diverse scientific disciplines will discuss their work on the concept of intersectionality with race (see schedule for specific topics). No RSVP is required for this panel discussion. Confirmed panelists: Lisa Bowleg, The George Washington University; E.J.R. David, University of Alaska Anchorage; Natalia Molina, University of California, San Diego; Hillary Potter, University of Colorado Boulder; and Saher Selod, Simmons College. After the panel discussion, a working luncheon is planned from 1-2:30 p.m. It is open by RSVP to the U-M community. Speakers will hold moderated small group discussions in their areas of intersectionality expertise.
RSVP: Contact Maggie Hicken at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more: isr.umich.edu/seh/hickenm.html