Dr. Ben Carson to Deliver Keynote Address for King Day Celebration

January 04, 2012

In recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Northwestern University's Law School and Feinberg School of Medicine will host a keynote presentation featuring “A Conversation with Dr. Benjamin Carson," moderated by Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun Times. The program will be held in Thorne Auditorium at the Law School on Monday, January 16, at 1 p.m. 

A world-renowned African American neurosurgeon and activist, Dr. Carson is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over a quarter of a century. He is also a motivational speaker who has addressed various audiences from school systems and civic groups to corporations and the President’s National Prayer Breakfast. Carson has been named by CNN and TIME magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists and has also been selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends.”

In addition to the keynote presentation, Northwestern University's Chicago campus will recognize and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King with a week of programming, January 9-13, including public service projects and the MLK Lecture Series centered on civil rights issues. The theme of the 2012 series is “Separate and Unequal: Color Lines in Education.”

The celebration is presented by the Day to Recognize the Efforts and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King (D.R.E.A.M) committee in collaboration with the Law School and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
D.R.E.A.M is an organization of University administrators and students that coordinates lectures and programs to inform faculty, staff and students on the Chicago campus about the teachings and contributions of Dr. King.

Northwestern will suspend classes Monday, January 16, on both campuses for a University-wide, full-day observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. (All other University operations will function that day.)