University of Evansville to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The University of Evansville will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019 on January 21. This year’s theme is a “Labor of Love.” The schedule of events follows. All events are free and open to the public.

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Student Fitness Center

Symbolic March: Civil Rights March on Washington and Pre-March Rally

Speakers include Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, UE president; LaNeeca Williams, UE chief diversity officer; Aaron Cochran, Black Student Union outreach liaison; and Keith Turner, UE John Wesley Minister and assistant chaplain. The march will then leave campus and return by 1:00 p.m.

1:00-2:30 p.m., Student Fitness Center

Labor of Love: UE Gives Back

UE students and community members, including students from Evansville Day School, will stuff care bags for foster children as part of the Value Every Child program from the Lutheran Church of our Redeemer.

1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., Student Fitness Center

Labor of Love: Panel Discussion hosted by UE’s Black Student Union

Local black professionals discuss why they chose their field, professional advice, and how they manage work-life balance at two 30-minute sessions. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions of the panelists.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center

William G. and Rose M. Mays Martin Luther King Jr. Lectureship and Reception

Keynote speaker is Cynthia E. Nance, dean emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Nance serves as the law school’s director of pro bono and community engagement. She teaches labor law, employment law, workplace legislation and poverty law. Her articles appear in journals including the Iowa Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Iowa Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, and Brandeis Law Review. The gnerosity of William G. and Rose M. Mays funds the keynote speaker during UE’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

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