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Congressman John Lewis Keynote Rescheduled to Nov. 27, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Local Community Members,

We are thrilled to announce a rescheduled date and an even larger venue for the keynote talk by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell! The new date is Monday, November, 27 at 7pm in Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave.). This free and public event will be live-streamed and recorded, and will offer open seating on a first come, first serve basis (i.e., there will be no tickets). Nearby watch parties will also be offered; details will be announced soon.

Related to this, we encourage you to plan and/or participate in a series of “Marching Forward” social justice events happening throughout the Fall of 2017 in connection to this keynote talk. Some highlights are listed below.

  • “Get in the Way” Free Public Screening (5:10pm, Thursday, September 21, 2017):In place of the previously scheduled talk by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series will present a free public screening of the PBS Documentary “Get in the Way” at the Michigan Theater. This 2017 film chronicles the journey of civil rights hero, congressman, and human rights champion John Lewis. (Details here.)
  • March Reading Guide Available: We have designed a March reading guide for university class discussions and reading groups. This resource is available online and might be of particular interest to the dozens of book clubs and classes that have included March in their syllabi.
  • Social Justice Comics Contest Deadline Extension: The social justice comics contest submission deadline has been extended to November 10, 2017. Winners will have their comic published in Vault of Midnight’s new magazine. (Details here.)
  • Nate Powell Meet-Ups on Nov. 27 and 28:Meet-ups with March Illustrator Nate Powell will take place on Nov. 27 and 28. Details will be announced soon on the Marching Forward website.
  • Marching Forward Symposium Rescheduled to 4-6pm on Nov. 29, 2017:The Marching Forward Research and Scholarship Symposium has been rescheduled to 4-6pm on Nov. 29th (10th floor of Weiser Hall) and is currently accepting submissions from students, faculty, and staff. The submission deadline is October 23. (Details here.)

This event series—a kickoff to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium—is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program as part of the regular Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Additional support is provided by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Political Science; Institute for the Humanities; National Center for Institutional Diversity; Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL); Rackham Graduate School; and Office of Research.


Best Wishes,


Ashley Bates, Conflict and Peace Initiative Coordinator

Michelle Bellino, Conflict and Peace Initiative Co-Director

Christian Davenport, Conflict and Peace Initiative Co-Director