Campuswide lectures and events return in-person this MLK Day

January 16, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees, ,

About a 3-minute read

Key takeaways:

  • The organization’s annual MLK symposium will be held in-person for the first time since 2020 at Hill Auditorium
  • The Department of Anesthesiology will hold two screenings and discussions later today
  • The 33rd annual Health Sciences Lecture will be held live at the School of Dentistry’s Kellogg Auditorium

For the first time in three years, the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine will host numerous in-person lectures and events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Michigan Medicine, we continue to uphold Dr. King’s values and principles of anti-discrimination, civil rights and equity.

Belonging at Michigan Medicine is a crucial element to employee and patient well-being by fostering an environment based on respect, inclusion and empathy. It is also the initial element in U-M Health’s BASE strategic priorities.

With that in mind, the organization is excited to share the many opportunities going on throughout the day here in Ann Arbor.

37th annual MLK Symposium

The theme of this year’s annual MLK symposium is “The (R)evolution of MLK.” As one of the largest celebrations of King’s life and legacy sponsored by higher education, U-M will welcome folks to Hill Auditorium at 10 a.m. with a live stream available for those who cannot attend in person.

This year’s symposium will explore King’s activism after 1964 and will be discussed by an expert keynote panel which includes:

  • Aletha Maybank, M.D., M.P.H., chief health equity officer and senior vice president of the American Medical Association
  • Edward Buckles, first-time director and best new documentary director winner of The Albert Maysies Award for documentary for Katrina Babies
  • Jalen Rose, former NBA and U-M basketball star, current ABC/ESPN analyst and founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Following the discussion, U-M professor Scott Piper will perform fellow U-M professor Stephen Rush’s opera before the event concludes with a special performance by the Voices of Distinction of Vincent Bohanan’s song, “We Win.”

MasterClass and Anesthesiology to air share special screening

At noon, MasterClass and the Department of Anesthesiology will present a virtual screening of “Critical Race Theory: American Law and Racism” led by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, J.D. An encore screening and presentation is set for 6 p.m.

Crenshaw will break down critical race theory’s origin from Harvard Law School and the pioneering work of legal scholar Derrick Bell to today. Learn how it offers a lens to identify opportunities for change in law and society.

The video from MasterClass will have a facilitated discussion by Kristen Howard, J.D., administrative director senior of the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, and Kimberly Ward, M.B.A., DEI administrative specialist for the Department of Anesthesiology. (RSVP here)

33rd annual Health Sciences MLK Lecture

At 1 p.m., the 33rd annual MLK Health Sciences Lecture will be presented by the School of Dentistry, featuring George W. Taylor, D.M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. The 90-minute lecture will take place inside the Kellogg Auditorium. (RSVP here)

The deans of U-M’s seven health science schools and colleges sponsor the event.

The 2023 theme is “The (R)evolution of MLK: from Segregation to Elevation: The Quest for Health Equity.” The keynote lecture will be delivered by Taylor, who is associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of California-San Francisco, School of Dentistry.

More information about the MLK Symposium and additional events around campus can be found at