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Jan 7

Art Exhibitions MSU College of Law

Date/Time: Saturday, Jan 7 - Monday, May 1

Location: MSU College of Law

Department: MSU College of Law

Description: The Rocks 3rd Floor Gallery Exploring a Pittsburgh community that does not fit into easy rust belt/post-industrial definitions American Patriot 4th Floor Gallery Atrium Seeing again our nation’s flag, the Stars and Stripes, with new eyes From Milltown to Malltown 4th floor elevator area Documenting the transition and transformation of one of Pittsburg’s most iconic, historic communities

Jan 13

MLK Gala

Date/Time: Friday, Jan 13 | 9:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Location: MSU Ballroom. 2nd Floor, MSU Union

Department: University Activities Board

Description: Doors open at 8:30 PM Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with a night of performances. Spoken word artist and APCP Poet of the Year Kyla Lacey will emcee the event and perform between songs from the MSU Gospel Choir and poetry pieces from the Black Poet Society. A nacho and dessert bar will be provided while supplies last! Free to all MSU students plus one guest. All must show ID.

Jan 14

Date/Time: Saturday, Jan 14 | 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Hannah Community Center 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

Department: Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag

Description: Another Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives presenter, James Keelaghan, from a few years ago will be back in East Lansing next week (to this day, I still get chills listening to the recording of that brown bag; check out how you can listen to it in the note at the end of this e-mailing). Canadian performer/historian James Keelaghan will be performing during the Saturday night, January 14 performance of the Ten Pound Fiddle’s annual Midwinter Singing Festival (which was transformed into a singing and folk festival this year). Keelaghan’s music is replete with work and labor themes. To hear more about the Ten Pound fiddle weekend of concerts, sing-alongs and workshops, go to the website, www.singingfestival.com. To learn more about James Keelaghan, go to his website: http://keelaghan.com/wordpress/. In an effort to offset continued rising expenses of the singing festival, the Ten Pound Fiddle, producer, has decided to expand the offerings of the weekend to include a Saturday evening concert involving three acts, and five instrument and dance-related Saturday afternoon workshops. What had been solely a singing festival is now a singing and folk festival. On Friday night, song leader extraordinaire Dan Chouinard will lead a huge Community Sing. Saturday night's concert will feature sets from James Keelaghan, The Sweet Water Warblers, and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Ten Saturday afternoon workshops will feature five related to community singing and five which highlight instruments, dancing, and performance. Children's programming will include a FREE 11 am Saturday morning concert, featuring Mark Dvorak. Under this wider umbrella of programming, even more fans of acoustic music can enjoy a full weekend of singing, dancing and incredible performances.

Jan 16

Date/Time: Monday, Jan 16

Location: MSU Campus

Department: Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

Description: Each year on the third Monday in January, Michigan State University faculty, students, and staff join with members of the Lansing community to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and to reflect on his message of civil rights and social justice for all through nonviolent means.

Jan 16

Date/Time: Monday, Jan 16 | 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: MSU Union (Rm #50)

Department: Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

Description: *Drop-by the MSU Union (Rm #50) anytime between 9:00am to 2:30pm on MLK Day (1.16.17) and help us honor the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy as we raise awareness about some of the social justice issues facing our community. *Our goal is to create 1,000 Spartans Will. #BreakTheSilence posters, and for you to and display them with pride around campus as well as in the community. *Enjoy FREE Snacks while you create your own personal #BreakTheSilence poster. We also invite you all to engage in meaningful discussions with fellow MSU students, faculty, staff, and community members about the social justice issue you care about. *Make your pledge of unity and sign our official #BreakTheSilence banner that will be used in the official Campus MLK Commemorative March.

Jan 16

Date/Time: Monday, Jan 16 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Lansing Center

Department: MLK, Jr. Holiday Commission

Description: The Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is pleased to announce our 32nd annual Luncheon will convene on Monday, January 16th, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the Lansing Center. Our theme is: “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in St. Louis, Missouri - 1964. It is our distinct pleasure and sincere honor to welcome Mrs. Myrlie Evers- Williams, the wife of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, as our Luncheon Keynote Speaker. MLK Statue Purchase Ads for the Souvenir Booklet Advertising space is available within the Luncheon Souvenir Booklet. Please download and fill out the invoice form and submit with checks made payable to Greater Lansing MLK Commission. Also, if you would like to "Go Green," you can submit your information online. Purchase of Luncheon Tickets Tickets are $40/ person or $320/ table of 8. Tickets can be purchased as follows: By Mail Checks should be made payable to: Greater Lansing MLK Commission. Mail ticket request to our attention at P.O. Box 24112 Lansing, Michigan 48909 Phone: 517-483-7637 In Person East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbot Road East Lansing, MI 48823 City of Lansing Treasury and Income Tax Office 124 W Michigan Avenue 1st Floor City Hall Lansing, MI 48933 Ticket quantities are low, please call 517-483-4121 before visiting the office for tickets. By Email Send email requests online. All tickets requested via email will not be distributed until payment is received. Tickets will be available soon. For current updates, please visit our website or you can visit us on Facebook and Twitter too! Sponsors MLK, Jr. Holiday Commission welcome sponsors to assist with underwriting service projects that address our communities' most pressing needs such as literacy, youth violence, hunger, mentoring, education and community enrichment. For more information, please download our Legacy Sponsorship Brochure. For more information, please call: 517-483-7637

Jan 16

Date/Time: Monday, Jan 16 | 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: Erickson Kiva - MSU Campus, 620 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

Department: School of Social Work, College of Social Science

Description: Presented by Dr. Theodore S. Ransaw, "What is MY BROTHER'S KEEPER?" President Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all youth can reach their full potential. Lunch is provided for free!

Jan 16

Date/Time: Monday, Jan 16 | 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Ballroom, MSU Union Building

Department: Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives

Description: Hosted by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Delta Chapter Ballroom, MSU Union Building Bring your custom-designed or pre-designed signs or banners Free Event

Jan 16

Opening Reception for RCAH exhibition and residency: Antoine Williams

Date/Time: Monday, Jan 16 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: RCAH Lookout! Art Gallery, C200 Snyder Hall

Department: RCAH

Description: An MLK Event featuring an exhibit by Antoine Williams, "The Fire this Time" paints, collages, mixed-media installation. Sixth Annual Perspectives on the African-American Experience: Emerging Visions Artist's Residency and Exhibition. Exhibit runs through February 10th.

Jan 16

Date/Time: Monday, Jan 16 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Hubbard Hall Dining Café (2nd Floor, Room C200)

Department: Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives

Description: Starts at 5:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:45 p.m.) Hubbard Hall Dining Café (2nd Floor, Room C200) Accessible entrance location: Utilize the South Hubbard Entrance. Attendees should go to the service desk, and ask for assistance to the elevator to the Dining Hall. Signage will lead you to the elevator. Take elevator to the second floor. The dinner is free and open to the community. Space is limited and pre-reservations are required. Register at this online link: https://msuinclusion.wufoo.com/forms/mlk-community-dinner-general-reservation/ The dinner is not only a way to come together as a community in honor of Dr. King, but to also help support MSU students by giving to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Endowed Scholarship. For more information about the MSU events listed, please contact the Office for Inclusion at 353-4563 or visit the website at http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/awards-programs/king/index.html.

Jan 17

Date/Time: Tuesday, Jan 17 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Lansing Center

Department: The Lansing Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Team & W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Description: Join the National Day of Racial Healing initiative on January 17, 2017 to help heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society where all children can thrive. The Lansing Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Team in collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation hosts the 1st in a series of screenings and dialogue framed by the America Divided stories designed to unite us. Be part of the transformation! 5:30 pm | Networking Reception 6:00 pm | America Divided Screening 7:30 pm | Reflections & Storytelling Released in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, AMERICA DIVIDED is an EPIX Original docu-series, executive produced by Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes and Common, features narratives around inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system — all woven into an eight-story, five-part series. The show follows high-profile correspondents as they explore aspects of inequality related to their own biographies. Correspondents include: Common, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis, Norman Lear, Amy Poehler, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jesse Williams. FREE EVENT

Jan 23

Date/Time: Monday, Jan 23 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 AM

Location: MSU Museum Auditorium

Department: MSU African and Asian Studies Centers & Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag

Description: Please join us for this month’s Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives brown bag presentation: “Putting Two Continents on Track: African and Chinese Railroad Builders during the Cold War” Jamie Monson MSU Department of History and African Studies Center Monday, January 23 12:15 - 1:30 in the MSU Museum Auditorium Co-sponsored by the MSU African and Asian Studies Centers Free Event

Jan 23

Date/Time: Monday, Jan 23 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: WHARTON CENTER, Cobb Great Hall

Department: Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Description: The first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, Sheryl WuDunn has journeyed from bank executive to journalist to best-selling author. Selected as one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World,” WuDunn has helped raise awareness about the challenges facing women, including sex trafficking. She is the co-author of Half the Sky, about the oppression of women and girls around the world. This presentation ties into other activity on the MSU campus focused on the issue of human trafficking, including the Wharton Center-commissioned work, Among the Darkest Shadows, February 16 & 19, 2017. View Sheryl’s TED Talk here: http://bit.ly/1HDYreL

Jan 27

Date/Time: Friday, Jan 27 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: East Lansing Public Library

Department: The Department of Teacher Education, The College of Education, The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and Lyman Briggs College

Description: 4 units on campus (The Department of Teacher Education, The College of Education, The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and Lyman Briggs College) have sponsored a social justice reading group that will include MSU faculty with expertise in social justice issues reading children’s books to 4-11 year olds at EL Public Library. MSU undergraduates training to be teachers will then lead older children in discussion questions while younger children will do a related craft activity led by The Greater Lansing Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. The series has been organized by myself and Dorinda Carter Andrews. The first monthly meeting will be Saturday January 21, 10.30am-Noon on the topic of Who Belongs Here with readers Helen Veit and Glenn Chambers. Free Event

Jan 27

Date/Time: Friday, Jan 27 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: 303 International Center International Center 427 N Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824 USA

Department: MSU Muslim Studies Program

Description: Race, Religion, and Immigration in America Today This will be on Friday, January 27th, from noon to 1:30pm in room 303 of the International Center. We will have six presenters who will briefly discuss a range of pressing topics–immigration, Black Lives Matter, gender and sexuality, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and mental health–and offer various insights. The presenters include Sheila Contrares, Salah Hassan, Michael Wilson, Amy Simon, Erin Graham, and Farha Abbasi. Free Event

Feb 2

Date/Time: Thursday, Feb 2 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: The Kellogg Center, Big Ten A,B

Department: MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Description: Slavery to Freedom is designed to give members of the mid-Michigan community opportunities for interaction with multicultural leaders from education, business, industry, entertainment and government. For 17 years, this series has featured living icons of the American Civil Rights Movement. Special thanks to William G. Anderson, D.O., whose invaluable participation enhances the excellence of these programs. All activities are free of charge. For more information call (517) 432-4979 or e-mail breedlov@msu.edu.

Feb 6

Date/Time: Monday, Feb 6 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: MSU Museum Auditorium

Department: Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag

Description: Monday, February 6 - "Human Trafficking on Stage: Creating 'Among the Darkest Shadows' at Wharton Center" - Bert Goldstein, MSU Wharton Center and members of the cast of “Among the Darkest Shadows" Free Event

Feb 9

Date/Time: Thursday, Feb 9 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: The Kellogg Center, Lincoln Room

Department: MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Description: The Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series: Slavery to Freedom is designed to give members of the mid-Michigan community opportunities for interaction with multicultural leaders from education, business, industry, entertainment and government. For 17 years, this series has featured living icons of the American Civil Rights Movement. Special thanks to William G. Anderson, D.O., whose invaluable participation enhances the excellence of these programs. All activities are free of charge. For more information call (517) 432-4979 or e-mail breedlov@msu.edu.

Feb 13

Date/Time: Monday, Feb 13 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: The Kelloggg Center, Big Ten A

Department: Office for Inclusion

Description: The Excellence in Diversity Awards recognize and reward the efforts of MSU faculty, staff, and students to create and support an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued.

Feb 17

Date/Time: Friday, Feb 17 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: MSU Museum Auditorium

Department: Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag, MSU History Department, & MSU African Studies Center

Description: Friday, February 17 - "A Star with the Big Screen: Employment, Working Life and Status in Tanzanian Movie Houses" - Laura Fair, MSU History Department (co-sponsored by the MSU African Studies Center) Free Event

Feb 22

Meet & Greet - Poetry Reading

Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb 22 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: MSU College of Law - Castle Board Room

Department: MSU College of Law

Description: Jim Daniels is a former Detroit autoworker whose award winning poetry and fiction have been widely published. His latest book of short stories, Eight Mile High, was published by Michigan State University Press in 2014. His twenty-sixth collection of poetry, Rowing Inland, is forthcoming from Wayne State University Press. Charlee Brodsky’s book Knowing Stephanie (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003) is a photographic documentary of Stephanie Byram's life with breast cancer. This book was one of only eight books accepted in the illustrated book category of the American Association of University Presses' outstanding books of 2004 exhibition. Her book, Street (Bottom Dog Press, 2005) a collection of her photographs and Jim Daniels’ poems won the Tillie Olsen Award in 2007 given by the Working Class Studies Association.

Feb 23

Date/Time: Thursday, Feb 23 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: MSU Museum Auditorium

Department: Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag & Department of Sociology

Description: Thursday, February 23 – “Life and Death at Kent State: 1960s Student Dissent as a Working Class Movement” - Thomas M. Grace, Author of Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties (co-sponsored by the MSU Department of Sociology) Free Event

Feb 23

Date/Time: Thursday, Feb 23 | 5:00 PM - 12:06 PM

Location: The Kellogg Center, Big Ten B,C

Department: MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Description: The Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series: Slavery to Freedom is designed to give members of the mid-Michigan community opportunities for interaction with multicultural leaders from education, business, industry, entertainment and government. For 17 years, this series has featured living icons of the American Civil Rights Movement. Special thanks to William G. Anderson, D.O., whose invaluable participation enhances the excellence of these programs. All activities are free of charge. For more information call (517) 432-4979 or e-mail breedlov@msu.edu.

Feb 27

Date/Time: Monday, Feb 27 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre

Department: MSU College of Arts & Letters

Description: W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian who is the host of the Emmy Award nominated, hit CNN docu-series, United Shades of America. Before United Shades of America, Kamau was best known for his critically acclaimed FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Kamau is also proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice. Kamau is also the host of Kamau Right Now!, a public radio talk show that airs on KALW in San Francisco. The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle”.

Feb 28

Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb 28

Department: Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

Description: The Martin Luther King Jr. Endowed Scholarship Program recognizes Michigan State University students who are, through their stewardship, becoming society’s leaders by actively engaging in their communities in ways that fight injustice and promote equality for all on every possible level.

Mar 17

Date/Time: Friday, Mar 17 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: MSU Museum Auditorium

Department: Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag

Description: Friday, March 17 – “What Do You Want to Be?: Children’s Conceptions of Work” - Amanda Garrison, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Central Michigan University Free Event

Mar 23

Date/Time: Thursday, Mar 23 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: MSU Library, Room 449W/Green Room

Department: Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag

Description: Thursday, March 23 – “Work Songs from the Woods and the Waters: The Extraordinary Music of Everyday Folks” - The Jayme Stone Lomax Project, MSU Library, Room 449W/Green Room (co-sponsored by the MSU Library Colloquia Series) Free Event

Apr 3

Date/Time: Monday, Apr 3 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: Cobb Great Hall

Department: Wharton Center

Description: Over the last few years, Ta-Nehisi Coates has established himself as one of America’s finest intellectuals, a writer whose essays are so powerful and rigorously researched that he has forced many discussions on issues that would otherwise be ignored. His 2014 extended Atlantic essay, “The Case for Reparations,” stands as one of the most brilliant exposés of recent history. He is also the author of two memoirs, The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, which are both brilliantly conceived. Coates continues the discussion on racism prompted by MSU’s Project 60/50 and One Book One Community. A special chance to see this in-demand author in a rare speaking engagement.

Apr 6

Date/Time: Thursday, Apr 6 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: MSU Museum Auditorium

Department: Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag

Description: Thursday, April 6 – “Negotiating Taste: Consumers and Workers in the Changing Poultry Industry, 1970 – 1990” -Patrick Dixon, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University Free Event

Apr 21

Date/Time: Friday, Apr 21 | 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: MSU Museum Auditorium

Department: Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag

Description: Friday, April 21 – “The Sound of Caulking Irons to the Smell of the Fiberglass: Working in Michigan’s Boatyards, 1870 – 2000” - Scott Peters, Michigan History Museum, Author of Making Waves: Michigan’s Boat-Building Industry, 1865-2000 Free Event

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