The Concordia College Student Government Association announces the schedule of activities celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17. The Concordia community will address societal issues and cultural awareness by examining Kingâ€™s legacy and its effect on the world today.
All events at this annual celebration are free and open to the public. Most events are located in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center except where noted.
Schedule of Events
8:30-9:40 a.m. â€œHow Relevant is Gandhi to Today’s World? A Study of Contemporary Indiaâ€â€“ Sudhir Selvaraj â€™11
9:50-10:20 a.m. Chapel
10:30-11:40 a.m. Keynote: â€œA Deeper Black: The Meaning of Race in the Age of Obamaâ€â€“ Ta-Nehisi Coates
11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. â€œInvisible Childrenâ€ Video and Discussion (The Maize)
1:20-2:30 p.m. Keynote: â€œDr. Kingâ€™s Dreamâ€â€“ Mixed Blood Theatre
2:40-3:50 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Session 1: “What is Religious Pluralism?â€ â€“ Kaitlin Weis â€™11 and Todd Schuldt â€™11 (Centrum)
Session 2: â€œMore than Rosa Parks: Women in the Civil Rights Movement:â€ â€“ Womenâ€™s Studies Program (Morrie Jones Suites A/B)
Session 3: â€œDoes â€˜Fairâ€™ Mean â€˜Equal,â€™ and is â€˜Equalâ€™ Always â€˜Fair?â€™â€ — Education Department (Jones 212)
Session 4: â€œInside Invisible Children: A Concordia BREW Experienceâ€ â€“ Kelsey Corbin â€™09 (Morrie Jones Suites C/D)
8:00-9:30 p.m. M.anifest
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a young author and editor specializing in black history and politics. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and Time. In his presentation, Coates will address complex and current issues, such as asking what â€œblack cultureâ€ truly means.
Based out of Minneapolis, Mixed Blood Theatre uses theater as a means of illustrating social issues and calling for change. â€œDr. Kingâ€™s Dreamâ€ is one of the groupâ€™s traveling productions that incorporates Martin Luther King Jr.â€™s books, sermons and letters. The production will be followed by an interactive discussion period to further engage students.
Born in Accra, Ghana, M.anifest is a socially-conscious recording artist, performer and emcee. He now resides in the Twin Cities and is currently completing a project titled â€œComing to America: Immigrant Chronicles.â€