Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration
A week-long series of events is scheduled on both campuses in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. The Chicago-campus schedule includes panel discussions on media portrayals of African-Americans and other people of color, biases and stereotypes that are still pervasive and ubiquitous in America, and a point/counterpoint argument on the need for affirmative action. The film, Taxi to the Dark Side by Alex Gibney, will be shown on Thursday, January 15.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 19, Deans Larry Jameson of the Feinberg School and David VanZandt of the Northwestern Law School will welcome guests at a special presentation that includes the bestowing of the first annual DREAM award to Dr. Steve Whitman, director of the Sinai Urban Health Institute. Musical performances and a talk by Tim Wise, author of White Like Me, will also take place. A reception will follow. All events are free and open to the entire University community and the public.
Northwestern will suspend classes Monday, Jan. 19, on both campuses for a University-wide, full-day observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. (All other University operations will function that day.)