The Utica College community will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a variety of programs over the next two weeks.
This year, the College’s events are planned to connect to the campus theme of “Leading the Way,” while using Dr. King’s legacy to help transition from dreaming into action. The events that will be free and open to the public include the Underground Café Fundraiser, the Lunch Hour Series lecture, the film “Whose Streets?” and a talk by Reverend Sharon Risher.
The Underground Cafe Teen Center of Utica aspires to transform the experiences and perceptions of teens by creating venues for leadership, civic engagement and creative expression. UC student groups Brothers On a New Direction and Women In a New Direction will be at the men’s basketball game on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center to provide information and fundraise to support the Underground Café.
The Jackson Lunch Hour Series will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Macfarlane Auditorium, DePerno Hall. Alden “Max” Smith will present a talk, “Using Our History to Find A Way Forward: My Story, Peterboro, Slavery and Abolition.” His talk will explore the ways in which the past has shaped the present and how it can help us in making choices about the future.
The film “Whose Streets?” will be shown on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Macfarlane Auditorium in DePerno Hall. This film is a documentary about the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, and the movement to which it gave birth, following the death of unarmed teenage Michael Brown at the hands of police.
Finally, Reverend Sharon Risher will present a talk, “Tattered Pieces: A Charleston Daughter Explores Loss, Faith and Forgiveness” on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity Building. After the Charleston shooting, Risher lost her mother, two cousins and a best friend. Since then, she has made multiple TV appearances, including CNN, where her focus is on gun violence, racism and hate in America, and the path to forgiveness.
For more information about these events, contact Alane Varga, dean for diversity and inclusion, at email@example.com or (315) 792-3100.
About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.