The University Record, January 10, 2000

MLK 2K: Shattering Barriers & Transcending Borders

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Hip-Hop, Gender, and the Academy, with Kyra Gaunt and Cheryl Keyes, 3 p.m., Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: MLK Symposium Planning Committee and the Hip-Hop and Cultural Studies Collective

Gaunt will discuss “The 2:00 Vybe: Mixing Cultures, Amplifying Gender, and Producing an Alternative Hip-Hop Pedagogy,” sharing her experiences in teaching a course that redefined hip-hop music as social behavior and teaching aesthetics (e.g., DJ techniques). Gaunt challenges the assumption that hip-hop is solely male or masculine, monolithically Black American, and a simple musical practice steeped in bad English and crime. Keyes will provide a multimedia presentation on women in hip-hop that will combine film and music. Keyes is the author of numerous essays on hip-hop such as “The Meaning of Rap Music in Contemporary Black Culture” and “We’re More than A Novelty, Boys: Competence and Strategy of Female Rappers in the Rap Music Tradition.”

Hip-Hop Explosion 2000, 8 p.m. Jan. 13, Michigan League Ballroom, $4

Sponsor: Mixed Initiative

Local hip hop performers, DJs and graffiti artists exhibit their talents in various competitions.


African American Male Psychology: Challenges and Conflicts in the Journey of Living, featuring Joseph White, 1 p.m., Room 4448, East Hall, Department of Psychology

Sponsor: Black Student Psychological Association, Martin Luther King Jr.-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks Visiting Professors Program, MLK Symposium Planning Committee

A long time activist and scholar, White is a pioneer in the field of Black psychology. His latest book, Black Man Emerging: Facing the Past and Seizing a Future in America (1998), addresses the psychological and social challenges that face African American men throughout the life cycle. His interactive presentation addresses popular images of Black males in the media, the nature of the struggle in terms of intimacy issues and long-term relationships, and coping with racism, as well as mobilization and interventions through activism.

Beloved starring Oprah Winfrey, 3 p.m., Lorch Hall

Sponsor: Department of English and the Program in Film and Video Studies

A discussion of the important themes and a comparison of the novel and cinema versions of the story follow the movie.

From the People to the Stage to the Academy and Back Panel, discussion with William Perkins, Kyra Gaunt, Oliver Wang, and the Mighty MOS-DEF, 4 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom

Sponsor: MLK Symposium Planning Committee and the Hip-Hop & Cultural Studies Collective

Panelists will present their perspectives on a range of issues dealing with the growth of hip-hop culture and its expression in contemporary society. The panel also will comment on hip-hop’s potential as an expressive force for social change.

Arab American Students Marching into the Millennium, conference, 6 p.m., Jan. 14–16, Michigan Union

Sponsor: U-M Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee

The public conference aims to educate participants about the struggles Arab Americans are facing to overcome stereotyping and discrimination in order to help foster a more multicultural and diverse campus and society. The conference includes presentations of culture during Arabesque; panels on Arab American art and activism, media activism and impacting U.S. policy; and workshops on identity, coalition building, environmental justice and grass-roots activism. Panels and workshops are free. Banquet: $10 for students and $20 for non-students. Banquet speakers: James Zogby, director, Arab American Institute; Rep. David Bonior; Kathryn Haddad, playwright and co-editor of Mizna.

Student National Dental Association’s Annual King’s Feast, 6:30 p.m., Sheraton Inn, Ann Arbor

Sponsor: Student National Dental Association

Sheila R. Brown, U-M alumna and founder of the Association of Dental Students’ “King’s Feast,” will keynote at this year’s semiformal dinner to commemorate King’s life and work. Tickets are $25 for the public event. For ticket information, contact Sheila Gordon, 528-2481 or

Tau Beta Pi Martin Luther King Jr. Film Series, 7 p.m., starts Jan. 14, Chrysler Center Auditorium

Sponsor: Tau Beta Pi, College of Engineering

A series of six films, each containing a theme surrounding current diversity issues. After each film, there will be a short discussion highlighting significant issues found in the film. Other film dates: Feb. 4, Feb. 18, March 10, March 24 and April 7.

Soul Eclipse: A Lyrical Journey through Minds, featuring Reggie Gibson and the Mighty MOS-DEF, 8 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom

Sponsor: MLK Symposium Planning Committee and the Hip-Hop and Cultural Studies Collective

This event will celebrate the African American cultural tradition through spoken word, ancestral drumming and hip-hop. It begins with a poetry slam featuring local talent and hosted by National Poetry Champion Reggie Gibson, who contributed poetry to the movie Love Jones. The event will conclude with a performance by MOS-DEF, who will perform hits from his new release “Black on Both Sides.” Tickets are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, 763-TKTS.


Planting Seeds for a Prosperous Future: Discussions with High School Students on Identity and Academic Success Community Service Activity, 1 p.m., Trotter House

Sponsor: Black Volunteer Network, MLK Symposium Planning Committee and the Black Psychological Students Association

Joseph White, expert on issues of identity and academic success will lead discussion and workshop activities with a visiting pre-college group. Due to space limitations this event is closed to the public.

Special Screening of The Hurricane, 9 p.m., Quality 16 Movie Theater, Jackson Road

Sponsor: Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

In June 1966, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was a strong contender for the middleweight boxing title. When three people were murdered in a New Jersey bar, Carter’s dreams were destroyed. He was erroneously arrested for committing the murders and sentenced to three life terms in prison. Denzel Washington stars in the title role.


Voices of Diversity Exhibition, 8 a.m., Michigan Union—Rotating Sites

Sponsor: Michigan Union Program Board

This exhibition embodies the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. through the legacy of his speeches and writings. Individual pieces will feature women and men, spanning the rich variety of 20th-century thought, on civility and social justice. Exhibits also will provide the context in which the statements were spoken or written. Each exhibit station will feature recommendations for further reading and reflection.

Spirit of MLK Dinner, 5 p.m., William Monroe Trotter House

Sponsor: Trotter House and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

A free dinner to honor and celebrate the contributions of all communities at the University that uphold the spirit of King’s life. RSVP to the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs by Jan. 13.

A Musical Celebration of the MLK Holiday, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 16, The Ark, 316 S. Main

Sponsor: The Ark and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice

Charlie King will celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy through the use of music and vocal performance. Special guests are the Sacred Song Singers, a multicultural group that celebrates diversity through its songs and traditions. For ticket information, call The Ark. Benefactors, contact the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 663-1870 or


When Race Breaks Out Panel Discussion, 8 a.m., Wolverine Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: Sweetland Writing Center

The Sweetland Writing Center will hold a roundtable discussion facilitated by Helen Fox, author of the forthcoming book When Race Breaks Out. Participants are invited to share their assignments, readings and discussion topics about race and the reactions of their students.

MLK Children’s Program, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Askwith Auditorium, Lorch Hall

Sponsor: School of Education, School of Social Work and the MLK Symposium Planning Committee

A day of cultural and educational enrichment activities for children. Cultural entertainment is provided by the Mosaic Youth Choir, Baile Foklorico, Sabor Latino, with storytelling by Tiana Marquez, beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. at Askwith Auditorium. At noon, the program moves to the School of Education. A free lunch is provided for all children. The day concludes with educational workshops presented by School of Education students who will focus on issues of non-violence and principles of social justice.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture, featuring Henry Louis Gates Jr., 10 a.m., Hill Auditorium

Sponsor: MLK Central Planning Committee and Center for Afroamerican and African Studies

Gates is the director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research and the W.E.B. DuBois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. His keynote address will focus on this year’s theme, Shattering Barriers and Transcending Borders. Gates has published numerous books and recently completed a documentary of his experiences in Africa.

A Health Agenda for a Multicultural Society, lecture by Elizabeth Allen, noon, Maternal and Child Health Center

Sponsor: MLK Health Science Committee

Allen will address challenges to health care in the 21st century for communities of color.

College and Beyond, lectures and workshops featuring Joseph White, noon, Anderson Rooms, Michigan Union

Sponsor: Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives and the Black Volunteer Network

High school students from the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives’ King/Chavez/Parks’ Pre-College Programs will attend the MLK Memorial Lecture by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Directly following the lecture, students will participate in a closed session with White. He will discuss preparing for college and establishing goals. The session will conclude with students participating in the “A Focus on Outcomes Program.”

A Focus On Outcomes, 2 p.m., Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, The Ambassadors and the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives

As a part of ongoing efforts to recruit talented students of color, this program is targeted to prospective and admitted students and will feature prominent alumni of color. Speakers will share unique experiences and lessons learned from their time at the U-M and the continuing role of those experiences in their successes following graduation.

Diversity in I&OE, panel discussion, noon

Sponsor: Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering

This discussion will focus on the diversity of a specific engineering discipline. The presentation will compare the diversity within industrial and operations engineering at the U-M with other industrial engineering programs. An industry speaker will discuss the importance of diversity in the workplace. The discussion will focus on where the department stands, both in terms of students and faculty, and what can be done to increase diversity.

March and Rally to Continue MLK’s Fight, noon, begins at the corner of South University and Forest

Sponsor: MLK Day March Planning Committee

The march and the rally that will follow it will be a declaration of a counter-offensive against the attacks on integration in K-12 education and affirmative action in higher education.

Informational Barriers and Racial Equality, with Kerwin Charles, assistant professor of public policy and economics, lecture and Q&A, 1 p.m., Room 140, Lorch Hall

Sponsor: School of Public Policy

Celebration of a New Era Concert, 1–4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater

Sponsor: Women of Color Task Force, Secretaire for the International Centre for African Music and Dance, and the MLK Planning Committee

A celebration of a new era with a musical tribute to King, featuring the vocal talents of The Ambassadors and Variations. The Ambassadors represent a long tradition originating at the Adventist Seminary in West Africa. In 1997, they were nominated for Best Production of the Year, Best New Act of the Year and Best Gospel Artists. The group has toured throughout the world spreading a message of love, God and music.

Acting on the Dream Community Service Activity, 1 p.m., Room 1800, Chemistry Building

Sponsor: Project Serve and the MLK Symposium Planning Committee

In 1994, the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission issued a challenge to communities nationwide: honor King’s memory by celebrating MLK Day with a day of service. In response to this challenge, the MLK Symposium Planning Committee in cooperation with Project Serve sponsored the first “Acting on the Dream” during the 1995 MLK Symposium. In its first year, about 100 members of the Ann Arbor campus community participated in the program. Last year, participation in “Acting on the Dream” more than tripled. All U-M students, faculty and staff are eligible to participate. There will be a brief introductory session before participants are led to various community-based agencies in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. Transportation will be provided to and from the community sites. Participants receive a free T-shirt and are invited to a reception and slide show to be held the following week.

International Human Rights: Whose Right? 1 p.m., Room 1636, Social Work Building

Sponsor: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Department of Near Eastern Studies

Susan Waltz, former chair of Amnesty International (1996–99) and currently professor of international relations at Florida International University, will give a personal reflection and lecture on the politics of human rights; the Middle East and North Africa.

Reflection and Consideration: Film Screening and Discussion of Eyes on the Prize and At the River I Stand, 1 p.m., Michigan Room, Michigan League

Sponsor: Office of Equity & Diversity Services

Two documentaries that chronicle civil rights marches in Chicago and Cicero, Ill.; the 1967 Detroit riots; and Martin Luther King Jr.’s, participation in the City of Memphis sanitation workers’ strike will be used to begin discussion of civil rights advocacy and mobilization at national and local levels.

Building Bridges—Deflectory Division Workshop,

1 p.m., Room 2271, Angell Hall

Sponsor: Globeth Communicational Group

Building Bridges, Deflecting Division is a workshop for racial justice advocates who want to learn ways (individually and in partnership with other organizations) to build a sustainable racial justice movement that is racially inclusive. Speakers: Audrey Jackson, community activist; Pat Dixon, community activist; Patrick Pieh, associate director, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives; and Dawn Palmer, campus NAACP.

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. and Equal Rights, featuring Carole Simpson, 1:30 p.m., Hale Auditorium, Assembly Hall, Business School

Sponsor: Business School Dean’s Office

Simpson is an anchor on “World News Sunday” and an Emmy Award-winning senior correspondent for ABC News. A U-M alumna, Simpson is a vocal supporter of social justice issues and will lecture on King and the struggle for equal rights.

MLK and the Future of Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century, 2 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom

Sponsor: University Library, Information Technology Division and School of Information

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of Beyond O.J.: Race, Sex, and Class Lessons for America, and the forthcoming The Crisis in Black and Black (due this spring), will lecture on King’s legacy and reflect on the future of ethnic relations in the 21st century.

A Testament of Hope: Reflections on the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., performance, 2 p.m., Rackham Auditorium

Sponsor: School of Music

Students and faculty in the School of Music will perform works that commemorate King’s life and legacy.

Integration, Segregation and the Fight for Black Equality, 2–4 p.m., Wolverine Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary

This event will address the history of segregation in America, integration and the ongoing fight for Black equality. Guest Speaker: Shanta Driver, national coordinator of the Student Intervention into the Affirmative Action Lawsuits.

I Am Who I Am Workshop, 3–4 p.m., Gold Room, Martha Cook Residence Hall

Sponsor: Martha Cook Residence Hall

An exploration of how strictly categorizing women under cultural identity labels negatively impacts their university experience.

When Is a Small Number Too Small: Conversations with Sylvia Bozeman, 3:30 p.m., Room 1360, East Hall

Sponsor: Department of Mathematics

Sylvia T. Bozeman, associate provost for science and mathematics and professor of mathematics, will lecture on the need to increase the representation of African Americans and other historically underrepresented students in science and mathematics. A reception will follow.

Wake Up Everybody—It’s a Brand New Day! 3:30–

5 p.m., Hill Auditorium

Sponsor: Business and Finance Diversity Committee, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Business and Finance

A program featuring the U-M Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., along with local theatrical talent and musical groups, saluting the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Excerpts of King’s writing and speeches will be highlighted.

Magnifying the Issue: Violence in Schools and Understanding the Climate of Popular American Culture, James Garbarino and Pedro Noguera, 3-5 p.m., School of Education

Sponsor: MLK Symposium Planning Committee, School of Education and School of Social Work

This double lecture will examine the growing climate of violence in popular American culture and schools. Garbarino is a professor in human development at Cornell University and author of Lost Boys. Noguera is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in social and cultural studies and the author of numerous articles on the social and cultural roots of violence in American culture. Ron Astor of the schools of Education and Social Work will facilitate the question-and-answer session.

Hate Crimes: The Federal Prosecutor’s Role in Battling Violence and Hate in Society, Saul A. Green, 4:30 p.m., Room 250, Hutchins Hall

Sponsor: Law School

Saul A. Green, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and a lifelong servant of civil justice, will discuss the federal prosecutor’s role in battling the new wave of violence against people of color and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. A reception will follow the lecture and question-and-answer period.

What’s Really Going On? Part II, 5 p.m., Michigan Room, Michigan League

Sponsor: National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

Trevy McDonald will examine how media influences our view about gender and race in contemporary American society.

Friends of the Michigan League Take Six Pre-Performance Dinner, 6 p.m., Jan. 17, Michigan League Buffet Dining Room

Sponsor: Friends of the Michigan League

Before the “Take Six” concert, enjoy a gourmet dinner with a choice of three entrees and a cash wine bar. Cost is $25 per person including tax and gratuity. For reservations (required) call 647-7463 or e-mail

“Our Voices Will Be Heard”—The Students’ Intervention into the Anti-Affirmative Action Lawsuits, 6–9 p.m., Pond Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: United for Equality and Affirmative Action

This event will feature a presentation on the legal and political strategy of the student intervention into the U-M lawsuits. Speakers: Student defendant intervenors and legal counsel for intervention.

A Health Agenda for a Multicultural Society, with Beverly Roberts-Atwater, Oscar Barbarin and Martin Philbert, 6:15 p.m., Room 1334, Alumni Center

Sponsor: MLK Health Science Committee

A panel discussion on health care issues within communities of color. The panel includes a group of national experts who combine a multitude of health and community perspectives.

Arts Break—Heritage Crafts Workshop, 7–11 p.m., Michigan Union MUG

Sponsor: Michigan Union Program Board

Free workshops focusing on a different cultural craft each night, Jan. 17–20.

Take 6, concert, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium

Sponsor: University Musical Society, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, Butzel Long, WDET, WEMU, Republic Bank

Take 6’s a cappella singing has had unparalleled influence on modern pop music. Their spiritual foundation and richly layered, uniquely fashioned harmonies, along with their ministering, urban contemporary gospel groove, took the global music scene by storm, as evidenced by seven Grammy awards, five Doves (gospel music awards), and Best Jazz Vocal Group honors for four consecutive years by Downbeat Magazine.

Students, Learning and the Struggle for Racial Equality, 10 p.m., Angela Davis Lounge, Markley Hall

Sponsor: Michigan Community Scholars Program

Showing of the film Higher Learning, written and directed by John Singleton. Set in the 1990s, the film depicts race relations at a predominantly white university in California and stars rapper Ice Cube.


Serving a Diverse Student Population, 11:30 a.m., Parker Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: Student Activities and Leadership in conjunction with Winterfest

This workshop, featuring Susan Wilson, director of student activities and leadership, is focused on improving the effectiveness of student organizations and helping them develop boundary-crossing relationships with other groups. Participants will explore strategies for diversifying and developing collaborative relationships across campus.

Leadership Across Cultures and Context Workshop, 1:55 p.m., Parker Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: Student Activities and Leadership in conjunction with Winterfest

Dan Adams, assistant director of leadership education, is featured in this interactive workshop that introduces concepts of cross-cultural relations and their implications for leadership in an increasingly intercultural world. Participants will discuss how cultural identity influences the way we communicate with others.

Invisible Fight, 1 p.m., Room 1210, Chemistry Bldg

Sponsor: Michigan Student Assembly

This lecture presents information about the absence of African American women and other women of color in the feminist movement, and addresses solutions to the problem. Speaker: Jacqueline Mattis, assistant professor of psychology.

Social Change from the Inside and Out, 3:10 p.m., Parker Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: Student Activities and Leadership in conjunction with Winterfest

This dialogue will challenge students to observe what social change means to them, what personal responsibilities arise and how individuals’ ideas around social change connect them to others. Speaker: Melita Pope Mitchell, interim assistant director, campus activities.

Environmental Justice, Charles Lee, 5 p.m., Room 1040, Dana Building

Sponsor: School of Natural Resources and Environment and Students for Environmental Justice

Charles Lee, associate director and interagency liaison for the U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C., will present a lecture on the future of the environmental justice movement.

Anatomy of the Witchhunt Against Anti-Racists in Ann Arbor, 5 p.m., Jan. 19, Wolverine Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: National Womens Rights Organizing Coalition

Learn about the year-and-a-half-long witchhunt against anti-racists in Ann Arbor. Some of the anti-racists who shut down the KKK rally in May 1998 will be present to speak and answer questions concerning this prosecutorial debacle. Speakers: Luke Massie and other ex-defendants.

Putting the Color Back in Television, panel discussion featuring Clint Wilson III, L. Monique Howard and Travis Dixon, 6 p.m., Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Nu Chapter

Scholars will discuss the lack of minority representation on prime-time television. Following the discussion, an open forum and strategy session is planned for audience members wanting to develop a plan to remedy the situation.


African Americans and Psychiatry: Challenges in the Millennium, Altha J. Stewart, 10:30 a.m., MCHC Auditorium

Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry (Grand Rounds)

Stewart is executive director, Detroit/Wayne County CMH Agency.

Race, Class and Health, 1:30 p.m., location TBA

Sponsor: Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI)

Decades have been spent emphasizing how personal choice affects health without mentioning the negative effect that substandard housing, poverty, pollution and policy decisions have on the health choices of ethnic and racial minority groups. We focus on these issues through a live video conference taking place around the country.

The Role of Racial Disunity in Detroit’s Redevelopment: Background and Potential Solutions, lecture, June Manning Thomas, 6 p.m., Art & Architecture Lecture Hall

Sponsor: Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, U-M Baha’i Club and the Urban and Regional Planning Program, with funding from the Office of the Provost

Thomas, who is professor of urban and regional planning and urban affairs and director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program at Michigan State University, will review the problem of racial disunity and how it has affected Detroit, particularly the city’s efforts to carry out central city redevelopment over the past 50 years. A book-signing (Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit, 1997) will follow the lecture.

Building a Global Community for the 21st Century, 6:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium

Sponsor: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Seating for this event will begin at 6 p.m., with a reception to follow. UROP participants and a guest lecturer will share their perspectives on creating a global community for the 21st century.

Latino Immigrants and Labor Law Lecture, featuring Jennifer Gordon, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19, Rackham Amphitheater

Sponsor: Arts of Citizenship Program

Jennifer Gordon, currently a MacArthur Fellow, is a lawyer-activist who founded the Workplace Project, a New York City nonprofit that organizes and supports immigrant workers from Latin America. She will speak on outreach to and advocacy for Latino workers, and on models for the integration of law and organizing in social movements and in community organizations.

Screening of When We Were Kings, 8 p.m., Michigan League

Sponsor: Michigan League Programming Board and Michigan League Programming Office

This documentary focuses on the 1974 heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The film explores Ali’s personality and his role as a controversial and beloved symbol for social justice and racial issues in the 1960s and 1970s.


Multicultural Issues in Clinical Practice, 8:30 a.m., Jan. 20, East Hall

Sponsor: University Center for Child and Family

The University Center for Child and Family (UCCF) will host a half-day workshop on Multicultural Issues in Clinical Practice. The workshop focuses on issues from the perspectives of children, families and communities. Due to space limitations, the workshop is limited to UCCF faculty and graduate students.

Nature Knows No Color Line. So Why Do We? 11:30am, School of Nursing Auditorium

Sponsor: Office of Multicultural Affairs, School of Nursing,

Cornelia Porter will lead a discussion of her research on racial attitudes and skin tone. The discussion will take place in conjunction with the book-of-the-month selection The Color of Water by James McBrian.

Next Steps: Diversity and Affirmative Action in Higher Education, panel discussion with Jamie Merisotis, Gary Hanson and Dee Wood, 4:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Sponsor: MLK Symposium Planning Committee and the Museum of Art

Merisotis is director of the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, a proactive collaborative of historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and Native American colleges and universities. Hanson is a professor of education at Arizona State University and was a lead policy writer in the wake of the Hopwood decision at the University of Texas. Wood has worked as a consultant to numerous corporations and is the former global diversity manager at General Electric Appliances. Denise Green, a program associate at the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives and doctoral candidate at the Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education, will engage the panel on next steps in the aftermath of numerous attacks on affirmative action across the country.


Alternative Possibilities of the Human Mind: Viewing the World through the Languages Indigenous to North America, 4 p.m., Room 2011, Modern Languages Building

Sponsor: Program in Linguistics and the Department of Anthropology

Marianne Mithum will present a lecture on minority languages. Mithum is a noted scholar in morphology, language change, Austronesian linguistics and Native American languages.

A Multi-Ethnic Retreat Aimed at Bridging Communities and Achieving Social Justice, 6 p.m., Jan. 21–23, William Monroe Trotter House

Sponsor: Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs Office; Program on Intergroup Relations, Community and Conflict

A three-day retreat involving University students and staff to affirm human agency and human capacities for working collaboratively for social change. Participants should gather at Trotter House at 6 p.m.

Open Rehearsal and Question/Answer for Colored People’s Time, 7 p.m., Room 3541, Frieze Building

Sponsor: Department of Theatre and Drama

Attend an open rehearsal for the Department of Theatre and Drama’s production of Leslie Lee’s Colored People’s Time, a look at the rich history of African Americans told through the experiences of ordinary people affected by historical events. Creating a rich tapestry through drama, dance, music and song, Colored People’s Time dramatizes the struggle, contributions, and spirit of the African American people. A question-and-answer session with production personnel will follow.


Invitational Film Preview for Student Leaders, 4–6 p.m., Room 1324, East Hall and East Hall Atrium (north)

Sponsor: Dialogues on Diversity, Residential College, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Government Relations, MLK Symposium Planning Committee

The 36-minute video, Towards an Inclusive University: Stories From the History of Diversity at the University of Michigan, was produced, written and directed by the students and faculty of History 397 in winter term 1999. On Jan. 23, invited Michigan student leaders and their guests will preview the film, followed by a dialogue about the film’s content and its significance and use to the U-M student community.

The History of the Chicano Student Movement, Carlos Munoz, 7:30 p.m., Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

Sponsor: MLK Symposium Planning Committee and Latino Task Force

Munoz, a leading expert in Chicano studies and life-long activist will give a lecture on the Chicano student movement, followed by a question-and-answer period and reception.


Announcement of the 2000 Minority International Research Training Awards, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Room 1000, 10th level, 300 N. Ingalls Building

Sponsor: Center for Human Growth and Development

Radical Revolutionaries: Different Goals Similar Visions, panel discussion with Barbara Ransby,

Carlos Munoz, John Sinclair, La Nada Boyer and Geronimo Pratt, 4 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom

Sponsor: MLK Symposium Planning Committee, American Culture MLK Program Committee, Native American Student Association, Latino Task Force

Ransby is a professor of African American studies at the University of Illinois and was heavily involved in the United Coalition Against Racism (UCAR) movement at the University of Michigan in the 1980s. Munoz founded the first Mexican American studies department in the nation, at California State University, Los Angeles, in 1968, and has written numerous books and articles on the Chicano movement. Sinclair founded the White Panther Party and was an active member of the counter-culture revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Boyer was a student leader at the University of California, Berkeley, in the 1960s and was instrumental in the organization and takeover of Alcatraz Island by Native American activists. Pratt, the California leader of the Black Panthers, was unjustly accused of murder and imprisoned for more than 25 years. He was freed in 1997. Panelists will provide historic and contemporary perspectives on the struggle for social justice.


Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @100, 8 p.m., Vandenberg Room, Michigan League

Sponsor: Office of LGBTA Affairs, Lavendar Information and Library Association (LILA), MESA, All Us

Born July 23, 1899, Ruth Ellis is the oldest “out” African American lesbian known. Join us for a viewing of the film made about her extraordinary experiences.


Education, Research and Race, 4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium

Sponsor: Dialogues on Diversity

This panel discussion focuses on the cutting-edge research featured in “Compelling Interest: Examining the Evidence on Racial Dynamics in Colleges and Universities.” The panel features William Trent, Jeffrey Milem and Shana Levin.


Language and Gender at School in the African American Community, featuring Signithia Fordham, Julie Washington and Blanche Pringle, 3 p.m., Whitney Auditorium, School of Education

Sponsor: Project on Gender-Based Censorship

This panel will consider how a gendered identity affects the use of spoken and written language by African American students both in elementary and secondary school. The program will focus on what being an African American boy or girl means in terms of language use in school. Speakers include Signithia Fordham, University of Connecticut; Julie Washington, University of Michigan; and Blanche Pringle, Ann Arbor Public Schools. This panel is sponsored by the Project on Gender-Based Censorship, a multi-year effort at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender interested in expanding our understanding of censorship beyond traditional, state-sponsored approaches to include the ways in which individual identities restrict expression.

The View: Youth, Leadership and Diversity at the Millennium, conversations with Danny Seo, Mitzi Tolinu, Ayinde Baptiste and U-M student leaders, hosted by Lisa Ling of ABC’s “The View,” 6 p.m., Rackham Auditorium

Sponsor: MLK Symposium Planning Committee, United Asian American Organization, African American Programming Task Force, and the Native American Student Association

Lisa Ling of ABC’s “The View” will host a talk show-format discussion with youth leaders from around the country. Featured in the discussion is Danny Seo, founder at age 12 of Earth 2000, an environmental action organization that nine years later includes more than 20,000 members around the world. Mitzi Tolinu is the reigning Ms. Indian World and national spokesperson on issues of Native American culture and youth leadership. Ayinde Baptiste was catapulted into the international spotlight as the youth spokesperson at the 1995 Million-Man March. Ling will engage participants and the audience in an interactive discussion of leadership, diversity, and youth issues.


Midwest Association of Filipino Americans (MAFA) 5th Annual Student Conference MAFA 2000: No Day But Today! 3– 6 p.m., Michigan Union

Sponsor: OPMI, MESA, ONSP, LGBT, UAAO, Philippine Studies Group of Ann Arbor

MAFA strives to bring together college students from across the country to learn more about and exchange their views on the Filipino and Filipino American heritage, experience and identity—particularly in the Midwest. The MAFA conference features a range of education, cultural, professional development and entertaining events. Registration is available online at an average cost of $30. Keynote lectures will be given by Alma Chand, representative of the Filipino American Women’s Network (FAWN), and Mark Pulido, representative of the Filipinos Civil Rights Association (Fil-CRA). Lisa Hunter, Ann Arbor, will perform.


Colored People’s Time Performance, 8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Sponsor: Department of Theatre and Drama

Written by African American playwright Leslie Lee, Colored People’s Time is a moving humorous cavalcade of African American history told through vignettes, song and dance. Spanning from enslavement to the present day, the play chronicles the experiences of ordinary African Americans at various moments of social change in American history and how their music was shaped by these events. From minstrel shows to riots, the Harlem Renaissance to hip-hop, Colored People’s Time dramatizes the struggle, the contributions and the spirit of the African American people.