Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Schedule of Events for 2017
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards 2017
Monday, January 16
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom
Local high school students and Carnegie Mellon students will read personal narratives dealing with individual experiences with racial difference and discrimination. The students are recipients of writing awards sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Creative Writing Program, Student Affairs and Office of the President.
MLK Writing Awards Winners for 2017:
MLK Day of Service
Saturday, January 21
Join PACE on Saturday, January 21st for the annual MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will engage in projects throughout the city over the course of the day with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and First Trinity Lutheran Ministries Monthly Mercies. To learn more and sign up visit the Bridge. Please email PACE with any questions.
CMU Civic Engagement
Travels to Women’s March on Washington
Saturday, January 21
SPIRIT SOUL Session and MLK Spoken Word
MLK Spoken Word Late Night
Saturday, January 21
8:00 pm (Dessert Reception)
Rangos 2 & 3, Cohon University Center
As a late night event for the January Celebration of Diversity Weekend, this showcase will feature spoken word and musical artists from our campus and surrounding Pittsburgh community. Featured artists will include local high school students from the Arts Greenhouse initiative and many more. This event is sponsored by the SPIRIT, Office of Admissions, Student Affairs and Arts Greenhouse (an initiative affiliated with CMU’s Studio for Creative Inquiry).
“POWER and SOUL”
An Artistic Forum Showcasing Intersectionality
Frame Gallery located at the corner of Margaret Morrison Street & Forbes Avenue
January 27-February 19
“POWER & SOUL” is an art show spanning all mediums and disciplines aiming to find a space in Carnegie Mellon and the Greater Pittsburgh Area for young creatives to continue to combat social inequalities. It will feature an art installation.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, January 27 from 6-8 pm
A series of Talk Backs with Artists will also be featured during the month of February.
CMU Children’s School Honors Dr. MLK
Friday, January 27
Kirr Common, Cohon University Center
The campus community is invited to join the Children’s School as they honor the life and legacy of MLK through a “Sing-A-Long” experience.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” --MLK
Multicultural Formal 2017
Friday, January 27
Cohon University Center, Rangos
Sponsored by Colors @ CMU
Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr.
President of Morehouse College
Tuesday, January 31
4:30 pm, McConomy Auditorium
POP-UP YOGA & SOCIAL JUSTICE
Sunday, February 19
We warmly invite all of the Pittsburgh community to join us for an afternoon of Yoga and Social Justice discussions. Come ready to move, breathe, and engage with yourself and others, as we become more aware of being in our bodies and discuss how we can impact our society to become more equitable, individually and institutionally. All ability levels are welcome to our FREE event.
The Inclusive University
A Deliberative Forum
Saturday, February 25
Rangos Ballroom, University Center
Noon – 2:30
A conversation about how we see ourselves and each other through multiple perspectives during the course of our daily lives on campus. Help us see and understand the challenges you face and how the resources that our campus provides can help you address some of these challenges. This is an inclusive, global discussion encompassing the richness and vitality of our entire campus.
Hosted by the Program for Deliberative Democracy and the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.
University Lecture Series
The Future of Civil Discourse
Alexander Heffner, Host of Open Mind on PBS
Monday, February 27
Porter Hall 100 Auditorium
This lecture will navigate three areas of interest across civic life: (1) the Millennial citizen (2) the space of old and new media, and (3) the character of our political discourse. From the formation of broadcasting to the emergence of social media, I will consider a blueprint for "civic press.” We’ll grapple with questions for the new (45th) U.S. president and think about fresh ways young people can frame public policy, while reflecting on the 2016 campaign and how to improve the political process.
Alexander Heffner is the host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in Variety, Medium, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and on NBC News, C-SPAN, NY1, HuffPost Live and BBC, among other media outlets. His essays, reviews and op-eds have appeared in Reuters, RealClearPolitics, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Root, among other publications.
Book Reading with Lunch or Dinner Discussions
“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance
February 20, 2017 at 12 noon in CUC Danforth Conference
February 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm in CUC Danforth Conference
“Racism without Racists: Color Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
February 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm in CUC Danforth Conference
March 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm in CUC Danforth Conference
Beginning on Tuesday, January 17 a limited number of copies of each book will be made available for campus community members to read and commit to participate in a featured lunch dialogue.
All events are free and open to members of both the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh communities unless otherwise specified.
For more information, please call the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 412.268.2075.