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  • Life Sciences Orchestra: Expressing Unity Through Music

    01/18/2015 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Location: Hill Auditorium
    Speaker: Life Sciences Orchestra with Dr. Carmen Green

    The U-M Life Sciences Orchestra unifies the university’s medical and science community through music. The LSO will play Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, with guest narrator Dr. Carmen Green, Assoc. VP for Health Equity & Inclusion, as well as Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, William Grant Still’s Festive Overture, and Samuel Barber’s Music for a Scene from Shelley. This concert is free and open to all, with donations welcome online or via mail. The performance will be preceded by a pre-concert talk by music director and U-M doctoral conducting student Adrian Slywotzky, in the lower level of Hill.

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    Keynote Memorial Lecture of the University of Michigan Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

    01/19/2015 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    Location: Hill Auditorium
    Speaker: Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D.

    Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and political contributor to Fox News Channel. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

    Dr. Hill is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University.

    Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.

    In 2011, Ebony Magazine named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

    Dr. Hill is the author of three books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; and The Barbershop Notebooks: Reflections on Culture, Politics, and Education . He has also published three edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education; and The Anthropology of Education Reader. He is currently completing two manuscripts: 10 Right Wing Myths About Education; and Written By Himself: Race, Masculinity, and the Politics of Literacy.

    Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education.

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    Your Role in Social Change

    01/19/2015 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Location: Michigan League, Koessler Room (3rd Floor)

    The insights we gain from learning about others’ experiences in social change are valuable. In addition, it is important for us to reflect on what role we can play in social change. This session will serve as an opportunity for insightful, personal conversations focused on exploring each of our connections to social justice and social change.

    Join us immediately following the keynote speech. Refreshments will be provided.

    LSA Honors Program

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    Y(OUR) Story

    01/19/2015 11:45 am to 1:30 pm
    Location: Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center (1255 Angell)
    Speaker: UM Community members

    ​Inspired by The Moth StorySLAMs, the Committee for Intercultural Development (LSA Student Academic Affairs & Comprehensive Studies Program) will host Y(OUR) STORY, on Monday, January 19th in the Newnan LSA Advising Center (1255 Angell Hall) from 11:45am-1:30pm.

    We invite members of the larger UM community to share their stories through written or spoken word, performance pieces, poems, ciphers, art, music,or song. This is an opportunity to tell your story, any story, in a way that feels right to you, among supportive listeners in a welcoming environment, because your stories matter!

    Light refreshments will be served, and art supplies will be provided for those who want to create at the event.

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    25th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Sciences Symposium

    01/19/2015 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
    Location: Dow Auditorium/Towsley Center 1515 E. Medical Drive
    Speaker: Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP

    Please join us as we commemorate the 25th Annual MLK Health Sciences Symposium with a talk delivered by Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns, Dean and Professor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy and Professor of Surgery in the College of Medicine. In addition to her administrative and scholarly activities, Dr. Chisholm-Burns is founder and director of the Medication Access Program, which increases medication access to transplant recipients, and has dedicated much of her career to issues of health care access and equity. Dr. Chisholm-Burns’ talk will focus on how to address issues of health care access and equity united across disciplines, but not uniformly.
    Sponsors: School of Dentistry, Medical School, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, University of Michigan Human Resources and Service Excellence

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    “The Color Line and the Long Twentieth Century: New Perspectives on Race, Violence, and Segregation.”

    01/19/2015 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Location: 1014 Tisch Hall
    Speaker: Lakisha Simmons, Andrew Highsmith, Kidada Williams (Former PhD students, Dept. of History)

    A roundtable discussion of former PhDs from the UM History Dept. who have recently published books on the history of race and social justice in the United States.

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    Annual ISR MLK Day Event “Social Science and Social Justice: The Message of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

    01/19/2015 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Location: 1430 Institute for Social Research
    Speaker: James S. Jackson, Ph.D.

    Annual ISR MLK Day Event
    “Social Science and Social Justice: The Message of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

    James S. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Director and Research Professor of the Institute for Social Research. He is a former National President of the Association of Black Psychologists. He is current President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations and Past President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

    He served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors of NIA. He served as a member of the Advisory Council to the Director of NIH. He is a fellow of several scientific associations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research in Aging, Gerontological Society of America, the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology, the Association for Psychological Sciences, Solomon Carter Fuller Award, American Psychiatric Association, the Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging, University of Southern California, Senior Health Policy Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Sciences, New York Academy of Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Member, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, National Research Council, The National Academies, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He was recently named to the National Science Board.

    He is a founding member of the “Aging Society Research Network” of the MacArthur Foundation and he is currently directing the most extensive social, political behavior, and mental and physical health surveys on the African American and Black Caribbean populations ever conducted. He is the Co-Director of the NIH supported University of Michigan “Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities” and the NIA supported “Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research.”

    Sponsors: Research Center for Group Dynamics, Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research.

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    2015 B&F MLK Convocation – Embracing the Art of Change

    01/19/2015 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Location: Rackham Auditorium 915 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor MI 48109
    Speaker: Erik Wahl

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —- Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Join us on January 19th, from 1-3pm, as we remember and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., his dream, and his vision. Internationally recognized and renowned graffiti artist Erik Wahl will take the stage as keynote speaker and performer. A reception with food and drinks will follow

    He is Erik Wahl: graffiti artist, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core message of our MLK celebration. The Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, Erik’s list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Ernst & Young, and has even been featured as a TED presenter. Wahl’s best-selling business book, Unthink, was hailed by Forbes as “THE blueprint to actionable creativity” and by Fast Company as “Provocative with a Purpose.”

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    SMTD MLK Day Concert – Face the Challenge of Change

    01/19/2015 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
    Location: Power Center
    Speaker: School of Music, Theatre & Dance Students and Faculty

    School of Music, Theatre & Dance students and faculty will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in movement, music and word.

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    Building a Community of Unity

    01/19/2015 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    Location: School of Dentistry Kellogg Auditorium G005
    Speaker: Video and panel discussion

    “Rise a People Emergent: 1940-1968″ from the video series “The African Americans, Many
    Rivers to Cross” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    This will be followed by a discussion panel made up of dental school staff, faculty and students
    addressing questions and comments from the audience relating to the video and this critical period in American history. We will discuss the sweeping changes that took place during the Civil Rights movement, their impact and importance to the past, present and future of all people.

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    Circle of Unity

    01/19/2015 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Location: Diag
    Speaker: Led by Students

    Student’s, staff, and faculty of MCSP and the wider university community stand in a circle on the Diag for one hour on MLK Day and participate in performances, speakers, and other activities to remind us of MLK’s dream, where society has come since the Civil Rights Movement, and what still needs to be done in terms of equality and social justice.

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    Facilitated discussions of Americanah, a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    01/19/2015 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: School of Education (610 East University Avenue)
    Speaker: TBD

    In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the School of Education will host facilitated small group discussions of the novel Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This award winning novel explores issues of race, identity, culture, and relationships through its two main characters, Ifemelu and Obinze, who are young and in love when they leave military-ruled Nigeria. Ifemelu heads to the United States, where despite her academic success she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

    In order to help the campus community become more conscious of how our histories, experiences, and identities inform our sense-making and how we differentially experience privilege, opportunity, and constraints, we invite you to read Americanah and join us for small group discussions of the novel. These discussions will be facilitated by a range of diverse people who are skillful at navigating conversations about race, ethnicity, identity, and culture. If you plan to attend the discussions, please visit www.soe.umich.edu to find the registration link.

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    Intersectional Cultural Conversations on Social Work Practice, Praxis and Community

    01/19/2015 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Educational Conference Center (ECC), School of Social Work
    Speaker: Panel Presentation and Discussion

    A student facilitated panel initiates a “dialogue space” symposia for collective intersectional thinking, agency, and change. Reflecting on ongoing social issues such as the Ferguson shootings and Detroit Emergency Management, the dialogue space integrates perspectives on the rewards and challenges of pursuing and situating progressive social work agendas in neoliberal social, political and economic contexts.

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    The Children of Loving v. Virginia: Living at the Intersection of Law and Mixed-Race Identity

    01/19/2015 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    Location: 1225 South Hall
    Speaker: Prof. Martha Jones

    In the 2010 census, more Americans than ever reported themselves as mixed-race. How have United States courts regulated race? What happens when racial identities do not conform to ideas of racial certitude? Prof. Martha S. Jones, will explore these questions. Prof. Jones is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, associate chair of the University of Michigan Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, associate professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studies, and a member of the Law School’s Affiliated LSA Faculty. In addition, she is co-director of the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History and the Law in Slavery and Freedom Project.

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    Poetic Storytelling: A Spoken Word Performance on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice on the College Campus

    01/19/2015 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    Location: Rackham Auditorium
    Speaker: First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community

    First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community is a groundbreaking and diverse collective of spoken word poets, emcees, dancers, singers, actors, and hip hop artist-scholars and activists attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in 2007 by UW’s Office of Multicultural Arts and Initiatives (OMAI), First Wave features a touring ensemble that draws upon the artistry, resources, and perspectives of the hip hop generation to produce dramatic theater and choreography on pressing, provocative, and often silenced social justice issues. The ensemble has performed in England, Mexico, Panama, Africa, Australia, and Jamaica, as well as across the continental United States, including annual featured performances in New York City. In collaboration with co-sponsors, the School of Education will host First Wave’s first performance at the University of Michigan. The performance will reveal the tensions, dilemmas, and opportunities that emerge on a college campus that aspires to be demographically diverse and fully inclusive. The “talk back” that follows the performance will spark energy and community conversation around important topics of social justice and equity as they relate to the University of Michigan’s ongoing mission to promote diversity and advance equity and inclusion on and beyond campus.

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    William K. McInally Memorial Lecture: The Power of One

    01/19/2015 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Location: Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Blau Auditorium
    Speaker: Ndaba Mandela, Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Co-Founder & Chairman of Africa Rising Foundation

    Nelson Mandela had a “long walk to freedom,” yet his footprints still remain. Following in the footsteps of his beloved and iconic grandfather, Ndaba Mandela has taken the torch – and ran with it. Today, Nelson Mandela’s legacy lives on as Ndaba continues to keep its beacon of hope bright, fueling its fiery message that one person can make a difference. Thankfully for all, the legacy lives, as Ndaba was recently named one of the “28 Men of Change” by BET. Today, Ndaba is showing the world, through his actions and orations, that Nelson Mandela’s voice and message of freedom still carries and rings true – sounded by a child that became a man under the warm embrace and expert tutelage of one of history’s greatest teachers. Currently, Ndaba is organizing the 95th celebration of Nelson Mandela day and was also instrumental in creating the International Day of Happiness at the United Nations. He continues to keep Mandela on the world’s mind.

    Now, Ndaba Mandela entertains and inspires audiences with tales only he could tell in his presentations exclusively through American Program Bureau. With pride and presence, Ndaba speaks passionately about Africa, its people and its future – which is looking brighter than ever. This is good news, not only for the continent, but also for corporations looking to get in on the ground floor of a steadily rising nation, embracing its vast potential and natural resources. In fact, Ndaba is the co-founder and chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa around the world and to increasing its potential for growth in the areas of education, employment and international corporate alliances for profit and partnership.

    With his one-of-a-kind perspective and dynamic speaking style, he remains true to his inspiring grandfather’s message as he quotes, “I carry with me the values of my grandfather. I am an African, and I know what it means to be African, and I’m proud of it.” He also regales audiences, as no other can, with quips and quotes from his famed, father-like teacher and inspiration. Ndaba entertains audiences by inviting them inside the mind of “Mandela-the-man” when he cites his grandfather’s suggestions and stance on life, sharing advice he received as a boy, recalling, “He told me to always be humble. He once said to me, ‘When you start working, don’t drive a Jaguar!”

    Ndaba lets audiences peek through the keyholes of the Presidential Palace and proudly shares lessons of love, remembering, “I saw him interact with kings and presidents, and with our household cook. He treated everyone the same. This was his key value.” These lessons and values were learned well and are practiced today by Ndaba who has also founded Mandela.is – a social hub created to give back to the community with the support of the same experts responsible for Lady Gaga’s network, LittleMonsters.com.

    Ndaba’s presentations come from the man who was closest to the man who changed the world he loved, and the world loved back. It doesn’t matter whether you are a child looking for inspiration, or a person investing as a corporation – Nelson Mandela’s message was meant for the masses and it was simply this…one individual can make a difference, if they just arm themselves with the unbreakable belief that nothing is out of reach.

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    What is Your Peace?

    01/19/2015 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Location: Wolverine Room-UM Union
    Speaker: Students, Faculty, and Staff

    Come join members of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution Student Advisory Board in a unique event of expression exploring this year’s theme for the MLK Symposium – “Unity: Not Uniformity.” Based on the oral traditions of a poetry slam, “What is Your Peace?” is intended to provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to share their opinions and express their thoughts on peace building through the spoken word, artwork, and/or digital expression. Our aim is to create a safe place for members of the Michigan Community of different backgrounds to learn from each other and consider available options for resolving conflicts peacefully. No advance reservation to perform is required. If you would like your art displayed or would like to share your digital expression, please e-mail oscr@umich.edu to ensure necessary equipment is available. We hope that you will attend. We hope you will participate. We hope you will share “What is Your Peace?”

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    A Deeper Black: Race in America

    01/21/2015 5:10 pm to 6:30 pm
    Location: Rackham Auditorium
    Speaker: Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Ta-Nehisi Coates delves into the conflicted and hopeful state of black America today. What does “”black culture”" mean? What is the continuing role of both the older and younger generations in shaping it? Where will gentrification, education, and the splintering (or unifying) of families take it? With an easy-going manner, an unashamedly erudite approach, and a journalist’s grasp of narrative and clarity, Coates delivers an ear-to-the-ground (and Eyes on the Prize) talk that asks the small personal questions as well as the big historic ones.

    An “Atlantic” senior editor and writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates has penned many influential articles on race, masculinity, and politics. Last year, his lively “Atlantic” blog was named by “Time” as one of the 25 Best in the World. Coates is a former writer for “The Village Voice,” and a contributor to “Time,” “O,” and “The New York Times Magazine”. In 2012, he was awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. His critically hailed debut book, “The Beautiful Struggle,” is a tough and touching memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack.

    Cosponsored with the Women’s Studies Department, the Motorola Lecture is presented by an outstanding journalist who routinely addresses issues concerning women and gender in his reporting. Established in 2001, with support from the Motorola Foundation, this endowed lecture aims to expose students, faculty, and the broader community to the work of exceptional journalists and to inform students about ways the media can reframe public understanding of complex issues.

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    U of M Department of Dermatology Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Lecturer

    01/29/2015 8:00 am to 10:30 am
    Location: 1910 Taubman Center
    Speaker: Shauna Ryder-Diggs, MD

    Trends in academia, medicine, and healthcare systems.

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    A Celebration of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” 50th Anniversary; Connecting the Memories, the Music and the Movements

    02/05/2015 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: G648 Haven Hall (GalleryDAAS)
    Speaker: DAAS Faculty and Community

    Join us for a discussion of John Coltrane’s seminal classic “A Love Supreme”​ which was released in February 1965​. Music enthusiasts will gather to explore this important work of jazz and the ​period​ ​of​ American history​ that​ ​impacted its creation​.

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    Unity Not Uniformity: A Dialogue on “And the Band Played On”

    02/26/2015 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: University of Michigan Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
    Speaker: n/a

    The 2014 MLK Health Sciences Symposium Committee, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Library, is sponsoring its second event, ” Unity Not Uniformity: A Dialogue on And the Band Played On.” And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic is a nonfiction book written by San Francisco Chronicle journalist Randy Shilts, published in 1987. It chronicles the discovery and spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) with a special emphasis on government indifference and political infighting—specifically in the United States—to what was then perceived as a specifically gay disease. Shilts’ premise is that—while AIDS is caused by a biological agent, incompetence and apathy toward those who were initially affected by AIDS allowed the spread of the disease to become much worse—AIDS was allowed to happen. Experts in the health professions and associated areas in bioethics will facilitate the engaging discussion on this seminal book.

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