End of Week Reflection from Dean Slaughter


January 15, 2021

Dear Members of the Tuck Community,

In advance of Monday’s federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am pleased to share with you the calendar of events for Dartmouth’s upcoming celebration of Dr. King’s life.

Each year I am impressed by both the breadth and depth of ways that the Dartmouth community honors Dr. King’s work.  In these fractious times, it can feel as if little progress has been made in the pursuit of equity, social justice, and human and civil liberties – not just here in the United States but around the globe.  That sentiment is what inspired this year’s Dartmouth theme, “Hope and Action” – two essential ingredients for fostering progress.

This year’s events, which start tomorrow and run to the end of the month, offer the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities a number of rich programs that range from inequities in healthcare, to action-oriented allyship, to the impacts of systemic bias and racism.  Tuck is an annual sponsor of this celebration, the full calendar of which can be found here.  Some events of note are listed below; also keep an eye out for Tuck specific programs.

With our commitment to wise leadership, I hope that we at Tuck will continue to educate ourselves, to have empathy for one another, and to use our voices to speak up for justice.  Few have given more to America than Dr. King, who in the end gave his life in pursuit of his dream of equality for all Americans.  I invite you to join in remembering Dr. King and his legacy.  (A Dartmouth piece of that legacy includes the speech, “Towards Freedom,” which he delivered during his 1962 visit to campus and which you can hear and read here.)

Thank you for all you do to make Tuck and the world a little better every day.


Monday, January 18

Human Resources presents:

MLK Day Employee Workshop
8:30 AM.-10:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
We will view a short presentation, setting the stage for participants to select from several topic-specific small group guided conversations. Meet allies from across campus in this inspiring workshop. Register online at: dartgo.org/2021mlkemployee

MLK Jr. Celebration Feature Presentation
7:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Keynote by Dr. Shamell Bell
A radical embodied dialogue to imagine shared liberation.
Location: Hop@Home YouTube Premiere

Tuesday, January 19

Where Do We Go From Here? : King's Still Unanswered Question
7:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
The Rockefeller Center hosts Clayborne Carson, Founding Director of Stanford's King Research and Education Institute
Location: Virtual Event

Wednesday, January 20

Virtual Sing-in
3:00 PM- 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Get out the inauguration feels at our virtual Sing-In!  We will take live musical requests and host a discussion about inauguration & civil rights and the music of social movements in America.

Sunday, January 24

Tucker Center presents:
MLK Multi-Faith Celebration
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
A multi-faith service featuring speaker Dr. Tricia Rose, diverse student voices and music by the Dartmouth Gospel Choir followed by a live interactive discussion with Dr. Rose.
Location:  Virtual, Registration Required

Monday, January 25

How We Study Race: A Discussion Across Disciplines
7:00 PM - 08:15 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
A Panel Discussion with Dartmouth professors Kimberly Juanita Brown, Matthew F. Delmont, Deborah K. King, and Eng-Beng Lim. Moderated by Sonu Bedi.
Location: Virtual Event

Thursday, January 28

MLK Jr. Celebration Committee presents:
Conversations with Changemakers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Panel discussion with 2021 Social Justice Awards honorees.
Location: Zoom Link Forthcoming


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