22 January 2024 HWS to Celebrate and Discuss MLK's Legacy

Events explore peace, healing and justice. 

Hobart and William Smith and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will honor the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week during “Turning His Dream into Reality: Two Days of Celebration, Reflection & Restoration.”

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, President Mark D. Gearan and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bill Woodson will join the community for an evening of art and culture during the “MLK Choir & Art Reception” inside the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. Starting the event at 6 p.m. in Froelich Hall, The Geneva MLK Memorial Choir will perform followed by an art reception of K-12 MLK Art & Poetry Contest participants in the L. Thomas Melly ’52 Lobby in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. 

On Friday, Jan. 26, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Middlebury College Khuram Hussain will lead a discussion on “Fostering Community in the Face of Conflict,” exploring restorative justice and practices, at 2 p.m. in Bartlett Theatre. An expert in creating inclusive and transformative learning communities, Hussain is the former Dean of Hobart College, former Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at HWS, and former Associate Professor of Education at HWS. 

Both programs are free and open to the public.