TO: All Faculty and Staff

FROM: Jeanne F. Brady, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

RE: MLK Jr. 50th Anniversary Commemoration – Thursday, October 26 

On Thursday, October 26, the University will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to campus in 1967. Please join us for a full day of programs, kicking off with a teach-in from three faculty, Dr. C. Ken Weidner, Dr. Emily Hage and Dr. Susan Liebell; a community reading of the speech that Dr. King delivered; a panel featuring Dr. Encarna Rodriguez, Dr. Brent Smith and alumna Corinne O’Connell; and a film screening with the Modern Languages Department. All events are free and open to the public, and information about the day’s program is available at
As the academic year progresses, there will be more opportunities for learning and dialogue. Last week Dr. Paul Aspan shared with faculty information about using the text and audio of Dr. King’s remarks in coursework, and Dr. Monica Nixon and Dr. Randall Miller, the co-chairs of the MLK Commemoration planning committee, will continue to develop programs focused on the theme Our Destinies are Tied Together, drawn from Dr. King’s speech. 
The ideas and questions that Dr. King posed 50 years ago, including the ones he presented in his final book, Where Do We Go from Here?, remain challenging ones for our University, nation and world. I hope you will join me Thursday as we kick off our collective exploration of Dr. King’s legacy and lessons.