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MLK Lecture, Interfaith Program, Awards, Panel Discussions

January 17, 2012, Volume 58, No. 17


This afternoon, the MLK Lecture in Social Justice will be presented at 5 p.m. in the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center. Inaugurated in 2002, the lecture is an annual event that honors individuals and scholars of African descent who have committed themselves to social justice. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Donna Brazile, a Democratic political strategist who is a professor, author, columnist, and the Democratic National Committee’s Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation.  She is the author of the best-selling book, Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Program and Awards Commemoration will take place on Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m. in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall. The event will open with performances by the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble, the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir and Penn’s Jewish a cappella group, the Shabbatones. Dr. Gutmann will say a few words and the Community Involvement awards will be presented.


The guest speaker will be Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core (IYC) in Chicago. Dr. Patel holds a doctorate in sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. A regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today and CNN, Dr. Patel is the author of the award-winning book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. The IYC is a Chicago institution building the interfaith movement and has impacted tens of thousands of people over six continents. The organization has worked with the State Department, The Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the White House. 

On January 24, there will be a panel discussion, What Colleges and Universities Can Do to Impact College Access and Career Readiness, examining the role and responsibility of colleges and universities in impacting access for the surrounding community. It will be held from 5–6 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge, at the ARCH. It is sponsored by the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships & SP2 Community Teamworks.

Almanac - January 17, 2012, Volume 58, No. 17