Carnegie Mellon University

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schedule of Events 2018

UPCOMING EVENT: MLK Keynote Lecture

Reframing Conversations about Race: The Unspoken Truth

Dr. Carol Anderson

Thursday, March 29, 4:30 p.m. (NEW DATE)
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium

Dr. Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. Anderson's most recent book; White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, received the National Book Critics Award in the criticism category and was described byThe New York Times Book Review as "an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism ... and to show its continuing threat to the promise of American democracy."

Sponsored by the President's Office, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, CAUSE, and Dietrich College Humanities Scholars Program

"I Have a Dream": Creative Reflections

Children's Programming

Monday, January 15, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Kirr Commons

Students from Pittsburgh's Linden K-5 school will unveil an art display about the life and social impact of Dr. King. Musical selections and short monologues will also be featured. All members of the campus, their families and the local  community are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will follow the presentations.

Children's Programming - all children present will also receive a special token about the life & legacy of Dr. King.

The Martin Luther King, Jr Writing Awards 2018

Monday, January 15, 4:30 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom

Join us in celebrating the 19th Annual MLK Writing Awards.  High school and university award recipients will read from thier personal narratives addressing individual experiences with racial difference and discrimination. To learn more about the awards and this year's featured winners, please visit the Department of English website.The writing awards and celebration are sponsored by the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion and our community partner UPMC.

The celebration will also feature musical and artistic performances by students from Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts.  

Carnegie Mellon @ Pittsburgh's Summit Against Racism

Saturday, January 20, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The Center for Student Diversity Inclusion will provide registration scholarships for a limited number of students to attend this hallmark Pittsburgh community conversation. The summit features panels, workshops and interactive dialogues aimed at coalition building toward eradicting racism. For 20 years, this event has brought together thousands of people to find ways to collaborate in the struggle against racism, to work to eliminate police brutality and to build bridges among our communities.

For more information about the 20th Summit Against Racism, please visit summitagainstracism.org

If you are interested in being a CMU student attendee, please sign up at the CMU 2018 Summit Against Racism Group website.

(Updated MLK Event Location & Time)

Spirit Presents: SOUL
Spoken Word/Talent Showcase

Saturday, January 20, 9 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Studio Theater

Offered in conjunction with the January Celebration of Diversity Weekend, this showcase is provides an intimate space where students of all backgrounds can come together through artistic expressions and cultural performances.  SOUL is more than a talent show, each performance takes the audience on a journey of self realization, affirmation and empowerment.  If you are interested in participating, please visit this link for more information.

Honoring Dr. King's Legacy Through Service:
MLK Day of Service

Tuesday, January 23, 4:30 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Danforth Conference Room

Our annual MLK Day of Service will once again be led by Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement (SLICE) and Partners Allied for Civic Engagement (PACE). This year's signature service project  features the Light of Life Rescue Missions Emergency Shelter program in Pittsburgh. The service initiative focuses on the challenges facing the homeless and resources available to homeless individuals. The Bagged Lunch project will take place beginning at 4:30 pm in the Danforth Conference Room.

A Conversation with Damon Young:
Race, Culture, and Politics in the Age of New Media

Thursday, January 25, 4:30 p.m.
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium

Damon Young is co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas, a columnist for GQ.com and a founding editor of 1839. He is also senior editor of The Root.com. His work has been featured in numerous publications and platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Ebony, MSNBC, BET, Slate, Salon and USA Today. In 2016, he was named to The Root 100, an annual list of the most influential African-Americans in the fields of business, science, politics, technology, social justice, sports and entertainment. With his own brand of comic perspective, Damon engages audiences with raw and provocative commentary on the popular issues and, at times unpopular topics that make up today's news headlines.

This conversation offers participants an opportunity to gain a broader view of the struggles those in today's marginalized communities face, as well as insights on social change that will expand your outlook on subjects from race relations to cultural divides. 

Sponsored by Graduate Student Assembly, the Center for Student Diversity Inclusion, CIT Dean's Office and the Black Graduate Student Organization

MLK Student Workshop: Engaging in Activism

Wednesday, January 31, 5 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Center for Student Diversity Inclusion

This workshop will focus on a brief history of student activism and its intersections with cultural societal values. Participants will explore and reaffirm thier own values, learn how to build shared purpose when your values are challenged, and techniques for coalition building. The workshop will conclude with a discussion on student activism at Carnegie Mellon and how students can cultivate a more welcoming environment for this type of engagement.

MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
King: A Focus on Faith & Moral Courage

Friday, February 2, 8:30 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. program
Cohon University Center, Connan Room

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr.

Members of the Carnegie Mellon community are invited to an informal breakfast with campus and community interfaith leaders followed by fellowship and conversation about the life and legacy of Dr. King through the lens of faith, activism and social justice. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the featured dialogue scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

RSVP for the breakfast 

Book Reading and Lunch Discussion

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
Monday, February 5, 12 p.m. & Wednesday, February 21, 12 pm
Cohon University Center, Connan Room

Note that Dr. Carol Anderson will join us on Tuesday, February 13th as our MLK Keynote Speaker. More detailed information on her address is available below.

Beginning Friday, January 12, a limited number of copies of this book as well as future book discussion selections will be made available for campus community members to read and commit to participate in the lunch dialogue.
reserve a copy of tHE book   

FUTURE BOOK DISCUSSIONS:

Challenges to the Dream, edited by Jim Daniels
Thursday, February 22, 12 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Connan Room

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass Sunstein
Friday, March 2, 12 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Danforth Conference Room

MLK Student Workshop: Dialogue Across Difference

Thursday, February 8, 5 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion

 Fifth Year Scholar Nick Wilson will lead this 90 minute workshop to examine two different techniques for engaging in dialogue about difficult issues. Participants will learn about the Person Centered Approach and dialectical listening; practice using each technique; discuss their strengths and limitations; and brainstorm ways that we might apply them within our own spheres of influence.

Book Reading and Lunch Discussion

Challenges to the Dream, edited by Jim Daniels
Thursday, February 22, 12 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Connan Room

Beginning January 12th, a limited number of copies of this book (as well as the other book discussion selections) will be available for campus community members with the commitment to participate in the lunch dialogue.
reserve a book copy   

FUTURE BOOK DISCUSSION:

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass Sunstein
Friday, March 2, 12 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Danforth Conference Room

Book Reading and Lunch Discussion

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass Sunstein
Friday, March 2, 12 p.m.
Cohon University Center, Danforth Conference Room

Beginning January 12th, a limited number of copies of this book (as well as the other book discussion selections) will be available for campus community members with the commitment to participate in the lunch dialogue.
reserve a book copy   

Deliberative Forum: Free Speech, Inclusion & Campus Policy

Saturday, March 3, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (lunch provided)
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1 & 2

Given the tensions arising on campuses across the nation around the issue of free speech, this campus conversation will allow participants to engage in dialogue about freedom of expression and the interplay of rights and responsibilities within institutions of higher education. This campus conversation aligns with the MLK book reading and discussion of #Republic wherein Sunstein writes, "a stress on democratic deliberation is likely to fit, far better than any alternative, with the most reasonable judgments about particular free speech problems."

Sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion and the Program for Deliberative Democracy

Ticketed Community Events for CMU Students

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion has worked in conjunction with campus partners to offer our students the opportunity for free or subsidized tickets (depending on the show) to the following Pittsburgh community events from January-March 2018. Students, follow the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion on our social media channels for current information regarding these and other events.