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Lectures, Teach-in to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Jessica Mackinnon
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dominican University will present a lecture on Tuesday, January 22, by prominent anti-racist writer and activist Tim Wise as part of a week of activities honoring the legacy and mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. Wise will speak at 6 p.m. in the Lund Auditorium. 

The week will also included a day of service on Monday, January 21. It will continue with a two-day teach-in on Wednesday, January 23, and Thursday, January 24, during which Dominican faculty will offer a variety of classes revolving around King's transformative work. 

Schedule of Events​

​Monday, January 21​
  • ​8:30 a.m. Day of Service, Lafayette Elementary, Humboldt Park
​Tuesday, January 22​
  • 6 p.m. Lecture: Tim Wise, Lund Auditorium
​Wednesday, January 23​
Thursday, January 24
Tuesday, January 29
  • ​6:30 p.m. Lecture: Jane Elliott, Lund Auditorium
The commemoration of King’s legacy will culminate with a lecture on Tuesday, January 29, by Jane Elliott, a renowned teacher and diversity trainer and recipient of the Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education. 

Tim Wise

Tim Wise ​Tim Wise, a vocal critic of white privilege and fervent supporter of affirmative action, is the author of five books, including White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son and, most recently, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat From Racial Equity. He was included in 2010 as one of Utne Reader magazine's "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." 

Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott devised a now famous exercise called "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" 30 years ago following King’s assassination that explores the problems of racism, sexism and ethnocentrism and the responsibility we all share for eliminating them from ourselves and society. 

In her lecture she will discuss how prejudice and bigotry represent a class system based on arbitrary factors. Elliott's lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Lund Auditorium of the Fine Arts Building. 

MLK Teach-in

The teach-in, which is open to the public, will include classes throughout the day on such topics as the Affordable Health Care Act, African American Chicago and the impact of the civil rights movement on US Latinos. In addition, the university will present readings from James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" and Toni Morrison's "Recitatif." Click here to view a full schedule of teach-in presentations​.

For more information on the teach-in, please contact MaDonna Thelen, director of community-based learning, at mthelen@dom.edu.  

Day of Service

Dominican's Day of Service will be held at Lafayette Elementary School in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Faculty, staff and students will be involved in repair and restoration work in the school.
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Contact: MaDonna Thelen - x6425 - mthelen@dom.edu
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