Help ‘unravel’ strands of inequality during 2019 MLK Symposium

January 17, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

This week, the university will celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during its annual MLK Symposium.

The week will be filled with speeches, panel discussions, film screenings and more that seek to honor the life and work of Dr. King.

This year’s theme is “Unravel,” calling on community members to continue the work of the civil rights movement. It was a time when King and others sought to “unravel America’s social fabric in order to tease out the ideals of justice and freedom that were being strangled by the strands of racist and sexist exploits of labor,” said Lumas Helaire, associate director of the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives at U-M.

The campus events will be highlighted by the annual memorial keynote lecture, given by author and educator Tim Wise and Detroit school principal and writer Julia Putnam. The pair will speak, and then host a moderated discussion, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at Hill Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. At the same time, a watch party featuring a livestream of the keynote lecture will be held in the Frankel Cardiovascular Center’s Danto Auditorium.

There are a number of other activities at Michigan Medicine throughout the week, as well.

For instance, the 29th annual MLK Health Sciences Lecture will be given by Jacquelyn Taylor, Ph.D., R.N., PNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN, who will discuss steps she has taken in her research career using genomic and environmental methods to unravel hypertension health disparities in African American women. Her talk will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in Dow Auditorium.

Other important activities during the MLK celebration across campus include:

  • 13th annual Circle of Unity event: 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, The Diag
  • Race in Media Symposium: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League
  • Rackham student TED-style talks: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, Rackham Building Amphitheatre
  • Diversity ‘café’ discussion: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, North Dome, Arbor Lakes
  • Lecture by James Forman Jr., “Locking up our own: Crime and punishment in Black America”: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, 1010 Weiser Hall (500 Church St., Ann Arbor)
  • MLK Lecture by Mabel O. Wilson: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, Art and Architecture Building Auditorium
  • “The Color of Fear” film screening and discussion: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, Space 2435 North Quad (105 S. State St., Ann Arbor)
  • Discussion on political etiologies in health care: 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, Forum Hall, Palmer Commons

For a complete list of symposium events, click here.

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