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Martin Luther King Jr.


This guide highlights events and resources as part of the MLK 2020, A Week of Celebration at Dominican University. 

MLK JR Legacy Lecture


Simon Balto


January 21, 2020 - 2:30pm

Recital Hall - Fine Arts Building


Simon Balto

Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power

History professor and author Simon Balto discusses his recently published book, Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago From Red Summer to Black Power. In the book, Balto explores the deeper origins and historical evolution of a toxic system of radicalized policing in Black Chicago. In so doing, he offers critical context for understanding modern struggles over police violence, surveillance, harassment, and neglect, and explains how modern mass incarceration emerged as a fully formed machine of profoundly anti-Black subjugation.

January 21, 2020 - 7pm

Performing Arts Center - Fine Arts Building


Simon Balto

The Life and Legacy of Fred Hampton

History professor and author Simon Balto joins us to discuss the life and labor of Fred Hampton—the twenty-one-year-old leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party who was assassinated by the Chicago Police Department, in coordination with the Cook County State’s Attorney and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in December of 1969. A product of Maywood, at the time of his murder Hampton was arguably the most important political organizer in Chicagoland, simultaneously striving toward Black liberation while also helping to construct a “Rainbow Coalition” of Black, Latinx, and poor white Chicagoans that would together work to challenge the racial and economic status quo in the city.

MLK JR Teach-athon 2020


MLK Jr. Teach-athon 2020

Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23

BCTLE (Parmer 115)

As part of the 2020 MLK JR Day week of celebration and events, Rosary College of Arts and Sciences has organized a robust schedule of presentations to honor King and his legacy.  The presentations will occur continually over two days in the Borra Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (BCTLE on the first Floor of Parmer Hall in 115) on Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23rd. 
Wednesday, Jan. 22nd
  • 9:30-10:20 Beloved Community | What does it Mean to Build a Beloved Community from MLK's Vision?
  • 10:30-11:20 Liesl Orenic | Chicagoland and Dr. King
  • 11:30-12:20 Timothy Cook | Coming of Age in Mississippi as Instruction for Contemporary Activism
  • 12:30-1:20 Brent Friesen | Chemistry and Conscience
  • 1:30-2:20 Aaron Zerhusen | The Tuskegee Whistle Blower: A Statistician Encounters Social Justice
  • 2:30-3:20 Cecilia L. Salvatore | Documenting Social Justice in Chicago w/Black Metro Research Cons
  • 3:30-4:30 Sheila Radford-Hill | Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation w/ the TRHT Team

Click here to view the 1/22 teach-athon remotely 

 Thursday, Jan. 23rd
  • 10-11:15 John DeCostanza | On Earth as it is in Heaven: MLK & the Mass Meeting in Civil Rights
  • 11:30-12:45 Lisa M. Amoroso | Implications of MLK's Nonviolence Principles for CR and Social Change
  • 1:00-2:15 Michelle VanNatta | Resisting the New Jim Crow: Legacy of MLK in Ending Mass Incarceration
  • 2:30-3:20 Jose Blanco | Fashion, Appearance and the Civil Rights Movement

Click here to view the 1/23 teach-athon remotely

Questions? Contact Interim Dean of RCAS Chad Rohman at