Special section features previews of 2023 MLK Symposium


MLK Keynote Memorial Lecture

Around the theme of “The (R)evolution of MLK,” the keynote memorial lecture of the 2023 MLK Symposium will feature a panel discussion with Aletha Maybank, a physician and chief health equity officer and senior vice president for the American Medical Association, Edward Buckles, a film director and producer, and Jalen Rose, philanthropist and former U-M and NBA basketball star.

Faculty symposium to explore anti-racism research, scholarship

The Faculty Symposium on Anti-Racism Research & Scholarship at the University Michigan will take place Jan. 30-31 in the Michigan League Ballroom. Faculty members and postdoctoral fellows at U-M are invited to learn about innovative, interdisciplinary anti-racism research and scholarship, discuss research development resources and funding, and connect with colleagues from different fields of study.

Discussion to consider the role of #BlackLivesMatter and the arts

What is the role of the arts in advancing #BlackLivesMatter? That will be discussed by artists from across the country during the #BlackLivesMatter Arts in the Performing Arts webinar from 12:30-2 p.m. Feb. 10, presented by the National Center for Institutional Diversity. Featured artists in the fields of dance, music, theater and visual art will discuss their motivations for the work, target audiences and the potential of the role of their work in police training.

Talk will explore ties between racial injustice, genocide prevention

A United Nations special adviser and undersecretary-general on the prevention of genocide will examine the connections between racial injustice and genocide during a lecture presented by U-M’s Donia Human Rights Center. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, a leading voice in the field of peacebuilding and violence prevention, will speak at 4 p.m. Jan. 25 in Room 1040 of the LSA Building.

See a full list of MLK Symposium events on and around the Ann Arbor campus

Journalist Jelani Cobb to discuss ‘The Half-Life of Freedom’

The Wallace House will host a conversation with journalist and scholar Jelani Cobb part of the continuing series “Democracy in Crisis: Views from the Press” and the 2023 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Symposium. The event, which also features Celeste Watkins-Hayes, interim dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, takes place at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Rackham Auditorium.

Educator, writer to address effects of racism on health

Linda Villarosa is an educator and writer for The New York Times Magazine where she examines racial health disparities in America and the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation. She will speak at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy’s Annenberg Auditorium for “Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation.”

Civil rights attorney to talk about the power of restorative justice

A social justice activist and civil rights trial attorney who says restorative justice can promote peace and healing will give a virtual lecture during the University of Michigan’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Fania E. Davis will speak at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 over Zoom during “The Power of Restorative Justice,” an event presented by the U-M Library MLK Committee.

Student-led teach-in, workshop will explore issues around racism

Students can learn about racism and how to combat it during a virtual, peer-led workshop that is part of the University of Michigan’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. The Anti-Racism Teach-in/Workshop, presented by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, will take place from 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 on Zoom.

Artist’s shredding technique makes deep observations on history

Titus Kaphar, an artist born and raised in Kalamazoo, uses a unique shredding technique on his paintings and the result offers deep commentary on the subject. Kaphar is scheduled to appear from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Michigan Theater for a Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series event as part of the 2023 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.

Panel to look at Washtenaw County’s African American presence

The lecture and discussion “Before the Black Action Movement: The U-M African American Student Project, Washtenaw County’s Black Communities, and the Struggle for Inclusion” will take place from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Michigan Union’s Pendleton Room. The event is presented by the departments of History and of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Bentley Historical Library, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, and the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.

‘The Water Remembers’ addresses ongoing Flint water crisis

An exhibit celebrating Flint artists who present a mix of spoken word, comedy, and music as an expression of resilience to the ongoing water crisis is part of the 2023 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Symposium. The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design will facilitate the exhibit, titled “The Waters Remembers,” which celebrates the work of The Sister Tour, a community organization of Flint artists.


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