Fairfield's Annual MLK Celebration, Feb. 22–March 5

Fairfield's MLK Celebration, Feb. 22–March 5

Head shot of Cristina Beltrán, PhD

Award-winning political theorist and New York University Associate Professor Cristina Beltrán, PhD will be the keynote speaker.

The theme of the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is “Striving to Build the Beloved Community: From Dr. King to Black Lives Matter.”

Fairfield University’s annual commemoration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. will feature a series of campus-wide events designed to inspire all to continue on with the important work reflected in the words, writings, and actions of Dr. King.

The 2021 MLK Jr. Convocation, an integral part of the celebration, will be held virtually on Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m. Award-winning political theorist and New York University Associate Professor Cristina Beltrán, PhD will be the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Beltrán is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University. A political theorist by training, her research and interests focus on modern and contemporary political theory, democratic theory, Latino Studies/Latino politics in the U.S., feminist theory, American political thought, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality. She is author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity (Oxford University Press, 2010), which received numerous awards, including the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Award and the Casa de la Américas prize for the best book on Latinos in the United States. Her new book, Cruelty as Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy has just been published in the Forerunner Series of the University of Minnesota Press.

The Vision Award recipients — individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the ideals and values of Dr. King — will be honored, as will the winners of the annual essay contest for middle school students. This year’s Vision Awards are being presented to Janie Leatherman, PhD, professor politics and international studies; Andrea Canuel, associate director for Community-Engaged Learning at the Center for Social Impact, and Nya Jones '23. 

In addition to the Convocation, virtual events to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy include a 21-Day Ignatian Racial Equity Challenge, a faculty and staff seminar, virtual discussions, and a Youth Leadership Summit.

For more information about this year’s MLK Jr. celebration, please visit fairfield.edu/mlk.

2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation with Cristina Beltrán, PhD

Date: Monday, Feb. 22, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.

Additional Details:

Join the Fairfield University community and Cristina Beltrán, PhD for the virtual 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m. The virtual convocation is free and open to the public.

Faculty & Staff Virtual Seminar: "Brown Girl With A Gun: Susana Martinez and Intersectionality on the Right"

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.

Additional Details:

This seminar is open to faculty and staff.

Virtual Discussion: "Borderlands and the Construction of Latinx Identities in the US"

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.

Additional Details:

Is there a place for borders in the beloved community? This event will feature small group discussions focusing on an excerpt from Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza. The discussion will also share reflections on Dr. Cristina Beltran’s convocation address.

Youth Leadership Summit

Date: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

Additional Details:

Local middle school students will participate in the virtual Youth Leadership Academy, where they will learn valuable leadership and conflict resolution skills.

Virtual Panel Discussion: "Growing Up in the Age of Colorblindness"

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.

Additional Details:

This student panel consisting of the Black Student Union and the Honors Book Club aims to address the consequences of colorblindness by drawing from personal experiences as well as academic literature. Students will reflect on and discuss their personal experiences as well as relevant critical scholarship.

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