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About the symposium:
For half a century, the Rev. Jesse Jackson has courageously advanced civil rights across racial, gender, and economic boundaries in the United States and around the world. The University of Michigan is honored to have the chance to celebrate the Reverend’s work this fall at a daylong series of events.
Reverend Jackson will deliver the keynote address, with a question & answer period moderated by journalist Bankole Thompson. The event takes place just days after the presidential election: come hear America's foremost civil rights leader reflect on the campaigns--and on the future of the struggle for economic, political, and social justice and peace.
Join in on the conversation: #RevJacksonLegacy
10:00 - 11:30 am: Panel 1 - "Transforming the Party?: The Enduring Significance of Jesse Jackson for President"
Rackham Assembly Hall (fourth floor). Seating is limited.
Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor, Emory University
Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Jerry Austin, Political Strategist
Ann Lin, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
12:00 - 1:30 pm: Panel 2 - "Common Ground: A Dialogue Across Decades of Student Activists at Michigan"
Rackham Amphitheater (fourth floor).
2010's to present
Brittney Williams (BA '16, MSW '17)
Tyrell Collier (BA '14)
Bryon Maxey (BA '09, MA '18)
1980's to 1990's
Stephanie Rowley (BA '92)
Judge Cynthia Stephens (BA '71)
Austin McCoy (PhD '16), Michigan Mellon Fellow
4:00 - 6:00 pm: Keynote lecture: "What's next for us? Hope and Reflection" with the Rev. Jesse Jackson
The Rev. Jesse Jackson will deliver the symposium's keynote speech, with welcome and introduction from President Mark Schlissel and Dean Susan M. Collins. America's foremost civil rights leader reflects on the U.S. presidential election-and on the future of the struggle for economic, political, and social justice and peace. Q&A moderated by journalist Bankole Thompson. Student performances: social justice and the arts, with remarks from Aaron Dworkin, Dean of the School of Music, Theater, and Dance.
Listen to the U-M Carillons postlude for 50 Years of Civil Rights Leadership: A U-M Symposium in honor of Rev. Jesse Jackson on Nov. 16, 2016 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Hosted by: the University of Michigan
Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Rob Sellers, Dean Susan Collins, Dean Aaron Dworkin, Professor Matthew Countryman, Professor Martha Jones, and Professor Ann Lin.