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Human Resource Services and Operations

2018 MLK Celebration, Education, and Learning Series Offers Something for Everyone!

January 16 - 25, 2018

Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs is pleased to announce their signature program, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education, and Learning Series.  The keynote event, will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd at 4:00 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel.  This event, in particular, highlights the Division's mission, and that of the University of Vermont, to become, and remain, an inclusive and affirming environment.   

Tickets are required for this free event and can be obtained at the following locations:  

  • Miller Information Desk (3rd Floor) in the Dudley H. Davis Center
  • Registrar's Office 
  • Student Service Center Kiosk in the Waterman Building
  • Larner College of Medicine Dean's Office

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, one of the leading intellectual voices in the country.  He is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.  Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College. Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.

He is the author or co-author of four books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; the New York Times bestseller Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Gentrifier. He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.

Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.

Other events taking place during the MLK Celebration, Education, and Learning series include:

  • MLK Birthday Party, Tuesday, January 16 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Davis Center (1st floor)
  • MLK Health Equity Lecture: What's Race Got to Do with Medicine? with speaker Dorothy Roberts, J.D., Wednesday, January 17 at 5:30 pm in the Larner Medical Education Center
  • DBR and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Friday, January 19 at 8:00 pm at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.  UVM students, faculty, and staff can purchase tickets at the Flynn Box Office for $10 (limits apply - must show UVM identification)

For more information on the keynote event, and other events throughout the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education & Learning Series, visit