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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture
January 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree
As part of St. Olaf College’s daylong program to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther Martin Jr., Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) Executive Director Andrew Williams will deliver a public lecture titled Epistemologies of Healing: Race, Reconciliation, and Radical Hope in Higher Education.
The lecture, which will be streamed and archived online, is free and open to the public.
Drawing from his 30 years of experience in higher education, Williams will reveal the gap between conventional views on the significance of race on our college campuses and the lived experiences of students of color. Challenging common notions of colleges and universities as open, liberal, and tolerant places, he will argue that racism is deeply entrenched in higher education policies, practices, discourses, and epistemologies, and therefore is often invisible to those who share cultural and institutional power.
Williams will turn to past and present waves of student of color activism to map a path forward toward reconciliation, individual and collective healing, transformative justice, and the decolonization of higher education. In the end, he believes the path higher education chooses will have significant implications not just for college students, but also for our nation’s capacity to develop an authentic and vibrant multicultural democracy.
Throughout his career, Williams has worked to balance and link research, teaching, and political engagement on issues of race, educational equity, international development, human rights, learning abroad, placed-based learning, and social justice.
3:30–4 p.m. Reception
4–5 p.m. Public Lecture and Q &A
Sun and Gold Ballrooms, Buntrock Commons