Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a Weeklong Celebration
President Marsteller â€™78, Pâ€™18 shared a message at the start of the week, calling on the Ursinus community to help fulfill Kingâ€™s vision of a â€śBeloved Communityâ€ť and â€śchannel his vision in ways that further fuel our commitment to the collegeâ€™s community values and our open questions. Through this work, let us see ourselves as part of a larger human family, which will surely strengthen our ability to tackle injustice in the world.â€ŻAnd let us especially remain inspired by Dr. Kingâ€™s struggle for fairness and love and a society that is inclusive of all identities and experiences.â€ť
Beyond our campus borders, resident advisers, Scholars in Service, and Bonner Leaders were among the student groups who participated in service events. Due to inclement weather, Perkiomen Valley School Districtâ€™s drive-through donation stationâ€”at which UC Ambassadors and other student groups planned to volunteerâ€”has been rescheduled to Presidents Day on Feb. 22.
Virtual â€śLightning Talksâ€ť featured short presentations from Professor of Environmental Studies and Chair Patrick Hurley (â€śFostering Cultural-Ecological (Re)Connections: The Role of the Ursinus Food Forest in Welcoming Home the Lenapeâ€ť); Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Andrea Kauffman-Berry (â€śWhat Is Race?â€ť); Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair Kneia DaCosta (â€śHow do students of color keep their dignity when othersâ€™ words hurt?â€ť); and Annie Stockmal â€™22 (â€śWhat Makes a Movie a Black Film?â€ť).â€Ż
Following the talks, four members of the Ursinus community hosted workshops in partnership with Perkiomen Valley School District. Career and Post-Graduate Development Director Sue Valerio Sladen offered tips on choosing a college major; Admission Counselor Amanda Young discussed the college admission process; Director of Sustainability Kate Keppen led a session on the benefits of planting trees; and Assistant Director of UCARE Angela Upright led a session in which participants reflected on how their passions might intersect with community needs.
Added to the annual campus display of prominent quotes from African American luminaries are quotes from Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician (among those profiled in Hidden Figures) who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 at age 97, and Ronald E. McNair, a NASA astronaut and physicist who died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. These new quotes can be seen in Pfahler Hall.
Other events this week include:
Jan. 18 - 21: â€śDisability Fast-Forward: What Weâ€™ve Learned from Dr. King, Civil Rights, and the Disability Rights Movementâ€ť
Jan. 18 - 21: William Earle Williamsâ€™ â€śA Stirring Song, Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865â€ť (This exhibit runs through April 2022.)
Jan. 19: Film screening of 42, starring the late Chadwick Boseman
Jan. 20: â€śLightning Talksâ€ť with Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer King (â€śCulture, Lessons, and Legacy: Reflections of the Historically Black College & University Experienceâ€ť); College Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Terri Ofori (â€śThe Interfaith Influence in the Civil Rights Movementâ€ť); Professor of English Matt Kozusko (â€śCoates, Douglass, Alexander: Talking About Race in CIEâ€ť); and Miles Noecker â€™23 (â€śFrederick Douglassâ€™s Rhetoric of Political Conversion at Finsbury Chapelâ€ť).
Jan. 21: â€śLightning Talksâ€ť with Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Andrea Kauffman-Berry (â€śUsing Critical Race Theory to Re-imagine the Policeâ€ť); Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking Talia Argondezzi (â€śBlack Authors in CIE and the Power of the Particularâ€ť); Serena Rose Gaskin â€™23 (â€śAfrican American Culture and Spiritualityâ€ť); and Ally St. Jean â€™22 (â€śThe Covid Pandemic and Racial Disparitiesâ€ť).
Jan. 21: Reading and discussion with Professor of English M. Nzadi Keita (â€śBrief Evidence of Heavenâ€ť)
For more information regarding the weekâ€™s events, visit https://go.ursinus.edu/MLKWeek2022.