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Lecture Series Honors the Legacy of Dr. King

January 09, 2014

In recognition of the historic contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Northwestern University, the Law School and the Feinberg School of Medicine will host a week of programming January 21-23.

The 2014 lecture series, “Dismantling the Dream?” will feature programs related to the legacy of Dr. King. The Chicago campus celebration is presented by the D.R.E.A.M. (Day to Recognize the Efforts and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,) committee, 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.

The 2014 lecture events include 

Tuesday, January 21
A Night Devoid of Stars: The Devastating Effect of Violence in Minority Communities
Noon - 1:20 p.m.
Rubloff 150, 375 East Chicago Avenue
Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association

This panel will explore the evolution of the violence and interdisciplinary approaches to reducing the violence and moving towards the light of which Dr. King spoke. 

Wednesday, January 22
A Right Denied? The Connection Between Equality, Women’s Rights, and Reproductive Health
Noon - 1:20 p.m.
McCormick 195 (Strawn Hall), 375 East Chicago Avenue
Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, the Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the Women’s Leadership Coalition

Dr. King said, “A right delayed is a right denied.”  In a string of cases beginning with Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court declared access to contraception and abortion to be fundamental rights.  In recent years, state legislatures have continued to restrict access to contraception and to abortions, and a more conservative Supreme Court has recently agreed to hear several challenges to state abortion laws, as well as challenges to the mandatory contraception coverage component of the Affordable Care Act.  This panel will explore the connection between equality, women’s rights, and access to reproductive healthcare. 

Thursday, January 23
The Wheels of Inevitability? An Examination of the Current Supreme Court’s Civil Rights Precedents
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Rubloff 150, 375 East Chicago Avenue
Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society

Professor Len Rubinowitz will serve as moderator of this panel discussion on the current state of civil rights legislation.  Panelists include Northwestern Law professors Steven Calabresi and Erin Delaney, and visiting assistant professor Miguel de Figueiredo.  This program may qualify for CLE credit.

Thursday, January 23
D.R.E.A.M. Week Reception
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Law School Atrium, 375 East Chicago Avenue
Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association

A reception will immediately follow the Civil Rights Act panel discussion.  Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to attend.

Saturday, January 25
Day of Service
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Various locations
Those interested in participating in the day of service are asked to RSVP.  

All of the events are sponsored by Chapman & Cutler and are free and open to the public.

Northwestern University classes will be suspended in observation of King’s birthday on Monday, January 20. For information about events taking place on the Evanston campus, visit