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.

Photo of Julia Putnam
Julia Putnam

Photo of Tim Wise

Tim Wise

Putnam and Wise will offer remarks, and a moderated dialogue will follow. The lecture begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 in Hill Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

A lifelong Detroiter, Putnam is known for her work in community building as a founding member and current principal of The James and Grace Lee Boggs School. Wise is a prominent anti-racist writer and educator.

Putnam taught for five years in Detroit, including as writer-in-residence for the InsideOut Literary Arts program, and wrote a regular column on education for the Michigan Citizen. In 2008, she became part of the founding team for The James and Grace Lee Boggs School and has served as principal since it opened in 2013.

Wise has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states and he hosts the “Speak Out With Tim Wise” podcast. He has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. He has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide.

From 1999 to 2003, Wise was an adviser to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute and in the 1990s, he served as youth coordinator and associate director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism.

The keynote lecture is coordinated by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It is co-sponsored by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business with support from the William K. McInally Memorial Lecture Fund.


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