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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2016

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Schedule of Events

Film & Discussion Featuring "Fruitvale Station"

Monday, January 25, 6 p.m.
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room<

Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion

Memorial March

Tuesday, January 26, 3:30 p.m.
Meet outside Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

Students and faculty will join in a Memorial March around campus to raise awareness about the history of social justice and activism at Fairfield.

Spoken Word Artist G Yamazawa

Tuesday, January 26, 7 p.m.
Lower Level Barone Campus Center

Raised by Japanese immigrants, George Yamazawa, is widely considered one of the top spoken word artists in the country. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist. He has toured in over 50 American cities and 5 European countries, including performances at the Sundance Film Festival and for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders.

Convocation & Vision Awards

Wednesday, January 27, 7 p.m.
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Claudia Rankine

Poet Claudia Rankine is author of Citizen: An American Lyric, which won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. She is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Presentations of this year’s Vision Awards to three members of the University community will be made at the Convocation. View a list of previous Vision Awards winners.

Winners of the essay contest for middle-schoolers, which they wrote in response to the questions “What do Dreams and Hope mean to you? How do you put your dreams and hopes for justice and equality into action?”, will also be recognized. (The contest is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Post.)

The Convocation will be preceded by a reception and special performance by the Glee Club’s a capella groups Sweet Harmony and the Bensonians.

Performing for Change

Thursday, January 28, 4 p.m.
Barone Campus Center Oak Room

Youth Leadership Academy

Friday, January 29, 10 a.m.
The University will host more than 100 eighth-graders in the Youth Leadership Academy, where they will learn leadership skills, including conflict resolution, anti-bullying techniques, and more.

Poetry for Peace

Friday, January 29, 6 p.m.
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

For the eighth year, Poetry for Peace brings elementary school students from Bridgeport schools to campus to read their award-winning poetry.

Gospel Mass

Sunday, January 31, 7 p.m.
Egan Chapel

Danney Gibbs, Minister of Music for The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Mass Choir will lead the music at a special 7:00 pm Mass on Sunday, January 31, in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola. Come and enjoy music from the African American music tradition.

Martin Luther King, Teachers' Unions and Social Justice

As the nation prepares to mark what would have been the 87th birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, we should remember Dr. King as a staunch supporter of both public education and organized labor. This is especially important as teachers in cities across the nation including Chicago and Detroit, weigh the necessity of civil disobedience and work stoppages to raise awareness and encourage a fair resolution to their concerns.

The 2016 Vision Award Recipients

Student: Michael Joe Harding '18
Faculty: Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall
Staff: Sydney Johnson

Vision Award Winners

2015:
Student
Nicole Davidow '15
Faculty
Dr. Jocelyn Boryczka
Staff
Will Johnson
 
2014:
Student
Eric Salgado ’14
Faculty
Dr. Yohuru Williams
Staff
Jocelyn Collen '06
2013:
Student
Sharon Pedassa '13
Faculty
Dr. David Brown
Staff
Wylie Blake
2012:
Student
Jasmine Fernandez '12
Faculty
Dr. Debnam Chappell
Staff
Melissa Quan
2011:
Student
Shawne Lomauro '11
Staff
Meredith Marquez
Faculty
Dr. Danke Li
2010:
Community
Roberto Sanchez
Faculty
Dr. Johana Garvey
Student
Sarah L. Gatti '10
2009:
Staff
Jim Fitzpatrick
Community
Denise Taylor
Student
Michael Cicirelli '10
Faculty
Dr. Ellen Umansky
2008:
Faculty
Dr. Michael Tucker
Community
James Smith
Student
Peter Otoki
Student
Frank Fraioli
Special
Sr Julianna Poole, SSND, PhD
2007:
Community
Charles B Tisdale
Staff
Barbara Kiernan 
Student
Ashley Toombs '07
Alumni
Danielle K. Hawthorne '91
2006:
Faculty
Dr. Winston Tellis
Alumni
Paula Donovan '77 '88
Community
Dr. & Mrs. Barone
Student
Chrystie Cruz '07
2005:
Communit
Dr. Elizabeth Gardner
Community
Rev. Paul Merry
Alumni
Ellen Morgan esq '86
Student
Oriena Cowan '05
Student
Katherine Canner-O'Mealy '05
2004:
Faculty
Dr. Judy Primavera
Community
George Bellinger
Alumni
Dr. Robert Smith Jr. '74
Student
Francesca Cobb '04
Student
Burim Gjidija '05
2003:
University
Dr. Walter Petry
Community
Stanley Arrington

 

2002:
University
Andre Willis
Alumni
Richard Fuller Sr. '77
Community
Rev. John S. Kidd
Community
ev. Phyllis J Leopold

 

2001:
Faculty
Dr Elizabeth Hohl
Alumni
Edward Brennan '65
Alumni
Kathy Niznansky M'81
Alumni
Felipe Reinoso M'88

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Wylie Smith Blake
Campus Ministry
(203) 254-4000 ext. 3733

Kris Sealey
Associate Professor of Philosophy
(203) 254-4000, ext. 3020

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