University of Vermont

Martin Luther King Celebration

MLK Celebration, Education & Learning Series 2019

January 14 - 25, 2019

Details for 2019 will be posted in late 2018. Check back then for a list of celebrations, learning opportunities, and details on the keynote presentation.

Past (2018) Calendar of MLK Celebration Events

Keynote Speaker Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Tuesday, January 23  |   4:00pm - 5:30pm  |  Ira Allen Chapel

Tickets are required. Tickets are FREE and available per the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, January 16, tickets available to the UVM community (1 ticket with UVM ID).
  • Friday, January 19, tickets are available to the general public (1 per person).

Tickets are available at the following locations: Miller Information Desk (3rd floor) in the Dudley H. Davis Center, Registrar’s Office Student Service Center Kiosk in Waterman Building, and the Larner College of Medicine Dean’s Office during business hours.

Parking for MLK Keynote with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill:
Shuttle service is available from 3:00-4:00 pm with continuous loops to the Ira Allen Chapel from in front of Patrick Gym. Parking is available in the Gutterson Garage. Follow the A-Frame signs. *Pick-up at Ira Allen is from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm back to Patrick Gym/Gutterson Garage.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 802-656-7753.

The keynote presentation is sponsored by President Tom Sullivan, Department of Student Life, and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

MLK Birthday Party

Tuesday, January 16  |  11:00am - 3:00pm  |  Davis Center (1st Floor)

MLK Health Equity Lecture

Larner College of MedicineWhat's Race Got to Do with Medicine?
Speaker: Dorothy Roberts, J.D.

Wednesday, January 17  |  5:30pm - 7:00pm  |  Larner Medical Education Ctr.

The U.S. medical profession has defined disease and treated patients according to race since the slavery era. Although the map of the human genome confirmed that race is not written in our genes, many biomedical researchers and practitioners still define race in biological terms and propose gene-based solutions, such as race-specific pharmaceuticals,to health disparities. The biological concept of race misunderstands the roots of racial differences in health and masks the devastating impact of racism on our bodies and society. Instead, ending health disparities requires affirming our common humanity by working to end the social inequities supported by the political system of race.

DBR and Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Friday, January 19  |  8:00pm  |  Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

$10 tickets are available in person at the Flynn Tix Regional Box Office lobby window at 153 Main Street in Burlington. VT (UVM ID required). This offer is limited to one discounted ticket per UVM student and two discounted tickets per faculty/staff member.

Putting Feet to Faith: Spirituality and Social Justice Panel

Thursday, January 25  |  4:30pm - 6:00pm  |  UVM Interfaith Center, 400 S. Prospect St.

Engage in conversation with four diverse panelists as they share how their religious and philosophical values inform their activism. A related interactive art installation will be on display at the Interfaith Center January 16 - 31.


Dr. Marc Lamont Hill speaks at Ira Allen Chapel January 23, 2018

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill Biography

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is 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.

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.

Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

Dr. Hill 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.