New millennium, same dream

Whether you used Martin Luther King Day to take a break or serve the community, there’s more left to do. That’s because the rest of the month is filled with events honoring his legacy and examining what his dream means today. A complete listing can be found on the Web at

Highlights include:

Thursday, Jan. 18

WORK FOR CHANGE: African-American Resource Center Director Jeanne Arnold talks about “How Being a Social Change Agent Has Impacted My Career Path” in this month’s Penn Professional Staff Assembly brown-bag lunch talk. Noon in the Golkin Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.

INTERFAITH PROGRAM: The annual interfaith service includes a keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Leah Gaskin Fitchue, executive vice president and academic dean of Atlanta’s Interdenominational Theological Center; remarks from President Judith Rodin; music by the Inspiration and the New Spirit of Penn; and the presentation of the annual Community Involvement Awards. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Class of 1949 Auditorium, Houston Hall; reception follows.

Friday, Jan. 19

JAZZ FOR KING I: The Al Aguilera Latin Jazz Quartet performs along with spoken-word performances by student artists. 6 to 8 p.m. at the ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk.

Monday, Jan. 22

INCREASING HEALTH: Jacqueline Lucas of the National Center for Health Statistics speaks on “America’s Health Profile: Making Our Communities Visible.” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room G-16, Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce streets.

TOWN MEETING: Student leaders, faculty, staff and members of the West Philadelphia community reflect on excerpts from King’s speeches. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Pronto, Houston Hall; refreshments served.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

SCHOOL FUTURES: “Public Education in the New Millennium” is the topic of a panel discussion including Graduate School of Education Dean Susan Fuhrman, Philadelphia School Board President Pedro Ramos (C’87) and John Skeif of the Harambee Institute. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Golkin Room, Houston Hall.

BASED ON FAITH: King’s faith formed the foundation for his actions as a civil rights leader. Tonight, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant representatives discuss the connection between faith and action for social change. 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

BIRTHDAY BASH: The School of Nursing invites students from Gladwyne and Penrose elementary schools — and you — to celebrate King’s birthday. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nursing Education Building auditorium, 420 Guardian Drive.

’NET CHANGE: What does universal access to technology have to do with King’s ideals? University, community and tech-industry representatives ponder this question and others. Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Intercultural Center, 3708 Chestnut St.

Thursday, Jan. 25

HOW TO MAKE CHANGE: Palmer Foundation Director Walter Palmer leads a workshop on the pragmatic principles involved in creating social change. Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Greenfield Intercultural Center lounge; 6 to 8 p.m. at DuBois College House, 3900 Walnut St.

Friday, Jan. 26

BLACK INVENTORS: A traveling exhibit showcases notable inventions created by African Americans. If you’re looking for “the real McCoy,” you’ll find it — and a host of other things you may not have known about — here. Noon to 6 p.m. in the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall. Exhibit continues Jan. 27.

JAZZ FOR KING II: Community Relations Director Glenn Bryan’s ensemble “Friends” performs, Nina Harris gives a spoken-word performance and artist Leroy Campbell displays his work. 6 to 8 p.m. at DuBois College House.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

“PASSION FOR JUSTICE”: This film chronicles the work of Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama, a follower of Malcolm X and fighter for numerous social-justice causes. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge, 2nd floor, the ARCH.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

READINGS OF CONSCIENCE: A participatory group reading celebrates the writings of Martin Luther King and others who sought social justice. 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kelly Writers House.


Originally published on January 18, 2001