A week of activities at Northern Michigan University’s multicultural education and resource center will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The public is invited to attend the following events free of charge.
NMU President Les Wong will participate in a “Let’s Chat” session with students on the subject of diversity at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Starbucks lounge of the Learning Resources Center.
Keynote speaker Moustafa Bayoumi will present “How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America?” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Whitman Hall commons. Bayoumi will discuss Arab-American experiences in post-9/11 America. He wrote a book by the same title, which won both an American Book Award and Arab American Book Award for nonfiction. Bayoumi is a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. His writing has appeared in international newspapers and magazines. He also has been featured on numerous broadcast media outlets. Related book discussions of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? are scheduled from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the C.B. Hedgcock atrium.
Slam poet Bluz will perform and emcee an open-mic night Thursday, Jan. 19. The event is scheduled from 7-11 p.m. in the Woodland Park Apartments multipurpose room.
An inaugural MLK Bash to celebrate the final day of Martin Luther King Jr. Week will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Jan. 20, in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. Music will be provided by Radio X with DJ Cedric Douglas, aka DJ Loko.