As classes open Jan. 23 for the second semester, Grinnell College has scheduled two events to honor the late Martin Luther King, Jr.: a Jan. 26 lecture by White House director John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., and a Jan. 30 lecture by Civil Rights author Tomiko Brown-Nagin.
Wilson, who is executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), will speak on “Martin Luther King and ‘the Beloved Campus’” at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Wilson accepted the White House position in 2009 with the challenge from President Barack Obama to ensure that the country’s 105 HBCUs are a significant force in reaching the U.S. goal for the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. His career includes 16 years as an administrator at M.I.T. and later as executive dean at George Washington University. The Jan. 26 event is co-sponsored by the Grinnell College Office of the President and the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights.
On Jan. 30, Brown-Nagin will speak on “Wealth Inequality as a Civil Rights and a Women’s Rights Issue: What History Teaches” at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Rosenfield Center. Brown-Nagin is the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law and professor of history at the University of Virginia School of Law. Her book “Courage to Dissent,” about lawyers, courts and community-based activism during the Civil Rights era, was recently published by Oxford University Press. The Jan. 30 event is co-sponsored by the Rosenfield Program and the University of Iowa College of Law. A book-signing will be held at the campus bookstore at 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 30.
For more information about the Rosenfield Program, contact Sarah Purcell, purcelsj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3091. The Rosenfield Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell campus. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 orcalendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.