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Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

01-10-05

Contacts:

Pat Miller, Lectures Program, (515) 294-9935

Dan Kuester, News Service, (515) 294-0704

King's birthday brings celebration to Iowa State University

Iowa State University celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with several events on campus throughout the week. All the events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Let Freedom Ring

11:50 a.m. - Central Campus

A carillon concert in honor of Dr. King by carilloneur Tin-Shi Tam.

Monday, Jan. 16

Community Birthday Celebration

7 p.m. - Boys and Girls Club of Ames 210 South Fifth St., Ames

This Ames tradition celebrates Dr. King with song, story and birthday cake. Parking is available behind 20th Century Bowling.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

4 p.m. - Sun Room, Memorial Union

Musical groups and speakers celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. Members of Shy of a Dozen and the Gospel Soul Innovators will perform. Speakers include Government of the Student Body President Angela Groh, Black Student Alliance President Jonnell Marion, and Assistant Professor of History Katherine Mellen Charron, who teaches African American history and will be talking about the women who worked with King in her presentation "Standing Behind Dr. King." President Geoffroy will present the first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community Awards. ISU Dining Services will provide free birthday cake. Students are invited to join a facilitated discussion in the Col. Pride Lounge following this event.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Affirmative Action And Other Strategies To End Discrimination And Racism

8 p.m. - Sun Room, Memorial Union

Iowa Civil Rights Commission Director Ralph Rosenberg, ISU Associate Vice President for Human Resource Services Carla Espinoza, and Distinguished Professor of Sociology Cornelia Flora will discuss Roland Fryer's controversial research on race and economics.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Toward A Unified Theory Of Black America - Roland Fryer

8 p.m. - Sun Room, Memorial Union

Harvard economist Roland Fryer, the 2006 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. keynote speaker, uses economic theory to study race relations in America. His groundbreaking work in using intricate economic theory in the field of African American studies has garnered attention beyond academic departments. He is a junior fellow and assistant professor of economics at Harvard who received his doctorate in 2002 from Pennsylvania State University, University Park. There will be a book signing and discussion following.

Events are sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Planning Committee, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Dean of Students, YWCA, Multicultural Student Affairs, Music Department, Black Student Alliance, Margaret Sloss Women's Center, Religious Studies, African American Studies Program, College of Agriculture, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Human Sciences, Center for American Intercultural Studies, Economics, Boys and Girls Club of Ames, Student Union Board, and Committee on Lectures (funded by GSB).

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