Communication, Media and Theatre Assistant Professor Wilfredo Alvarez delivers a lecture about Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 19, and Northeastern Illinois University is packing your schedule with lectures, service projects and more in observance of the holiday. Check out the details on Northeastern’s MLK events, media appearances and other news you need to know.

Around the Commons

Remembering Dr. King

Northeastern began celebrating the life and accomplishments of Civil Rights Movement leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15 with a presentation by Communication, Media and Theatre Assistant Professor Wilfredo Alvarez. The events continue with a day of service on Jan. 19 and a speech by TV personality Touré on Jan. 20. (Remember, all Northeastern locations will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)

To Switzerland and back

As the national conversation continues over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, 10 students at Northeastern have a special perspective on the hot-button issue of police brutality. In November, they traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the United Nations Committee Against Torture’s periodic review of the United States. The session concentrated on several issues, including police behavior.

Sneak preview of Northeastern

Project Success Director Gerald Mitchell and his team will host 60 students from Corliss and Voise high schools on Jan. 20. The students will tour the University, listen to a panel of Northeastern students discuss college life, watch an admissions presentation and participate in a discussion of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

And there’s more!

In the media

Speaking Polish

Economics Associate Professor Christina Ciecierski is scheduled to make a live appearance on Polskie Radio (1030 AM) at about 1 p.m. on Jan. 22. The appearance comes days before Ciecierski travels to Poland to teach courses in Health Economics and Intermediate Microeconomics during the spring semester at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Also in the media ...

  • Economics Coordinator Michael Wenz was quoted in a Virginian-Pilot story about potential casinos in Portsmouth, Va.
  • The Asian Correspondent lauded Northeastern as an “internationally acclaimed institution which contributes to the maintenance of [Illinois’] impressive academic reputation.”
  • The Champaign News-Gazette reported that Rodrigo Garcia (B.S. ’07 Finance) has been named chief investment officer for new state Treasurer Mike Frerichs.

To do

Meet the LGBTQA Resource Center director

The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs will host a welcome reception for Stephen Loveless, the new director of the LGBTQA Resource Center, from 3-4 p.m. Jan. 22 in B 159. Stop by to meet Stephen, hear about the center’s upcoming expansion and find out about our upcoming programs and events.

Greek Appreciation Week

The Office of Student Leadership Development has organized the University’s first Greek Appreciation Week. Beginning Jan. 19, the week’s events honor and thank the dedicated members of the University’s Greek organizations.

Middle East lecture series

Northeastern will host a series of lectures regarding current issues in the Middle East starting Jan. 28. The topics of these lectures will emphasize current affairs in Turkey, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle Eastern women, and the historical origins of Islamic extremism.

Mark your calendar!

  • Immigration Executive Action and DACA Workshop (free), 3:05-5 p.m. Jan. 22, SU 214
  • Concerto/Solo Competition (free), 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Recital Hall
  • “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” screening and discussion with director Bennett Singer (free), 7:05 p.m. Jan. 22, LWH 1001
  • Jewel Box Series: Calmus ($25), 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Recital Hall


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