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Please join us as we honor Dr. King's message of love, equal justice and non-violence with a talk and guided meditation. We will be offering a metta (translated as friendliness or loving-kindness) meditation. Taught in its origins as an antidote to fear, this practice does not exclude anyone - including ourselves - from the wish that all beings everywhere, without exception, be at ease, peaceful, safe, and free. The foundation of metta is the belief that we are all interconnected and that personal freedom is based in our collective freedom. Monday, February 1st 7-8:15pm. Free and open to the public.

Join us as we begin African Heritage Month (AHM) and MLK Week with an evening of food, fashion, performances, and more. RSVPs are encouraged.

STEMinist kicks off the spring semester with an opportunity to learn more about allyship and how Tandon students can be an effective ally in the Tandon community.  

The New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award is sponsored by The Provost, in partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding faculty who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through teaching excellence, leadership, social justice activism, and community building. These faculty make a positive impact within the classroom and in the greater NYU community. Current NYU students nominate faculty and recipients are chosen by a committee of past recipients and student leaders.

Join us as graduate students express their views on this year’s theme, There Comes a Time... A panel of judges will select this year’s winner.

This event is sponsored by the Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization.

Tickets are $10 for Alumni and Free for NYU Students.

Janet Mock is the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness. She considers herself a Beyoncé scholar, but is widely known as a sought-after speaker and prominent advocate for trans women’s rights. Currently, she hosts the weekly culture show So POPular! on MSNBC’s Shift network and serves as Contributing Editor for Marie Claire.

Janet first told her story of growing up as a trans girl in 2011 in Marie Claire—a magazine for which she now works, writing articles about pop culture, gender, race, and representation. She released her memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More in February 2014, with feminist critic bell hooks calling Janet’s memoir, “A life map for transformation,” while Melissa Harris-Perry said “Janet does what only great writers of autobiography accomplish—she tells a story of the self, which turns out to be a reflection of all humanity.” The book was featured on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, The Colbert Report, and Melissa Harris-Perry, and debuted at number 19 on the New York Times “Best Sellers List.”

Janet has since brought her storytelling skills, journalism training, and culture commentary to television. After guest hosting HuffPost Live and Pivot’s “TakePart Live,” she landed her own weekly popular culture show, So POPular!, featured on MSNBC’s all-digital network Shift. She also serves as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. She was also featured in the HBO documentary The Out List and has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, Rookie, Salon, Slate,Feministing, Colorlines, and more.

In 2012, Janet—who was called one of “the smartest women on Twitter” by Fast Company launched #GirlsLikeUs, a social movement that empowers trans women and celebrates the diversity of womanhood. In 2013, Janet joined the board of directors at the Arcus Foundation, a leading global organization advancing social justice and conservation issues.

The Stonewall Community Foundation, GLSEN, Anti-Violence Project, ADCOLOR Awards, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have honored Janet for her work. She was also named Woman of the Year in 2013 by the feminist site Vitamin W and named to OUT magazine’s “Out 100 list”, The Root 100,The GOOD 100, the Center for American Progress’s “13 Women of Color to Watch,” the Huffington Post’s “23 Inspiring Women Blazing Trails for the LGBT Community,” and The Grio’s “100 most influential African-Americans.” Her work has been nominated for a Women’s Media Center Award and a GLAAD Media Award.

A native of Honolulu, Janet attended the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, earned her MA in journalism from New York University, and worked as a Staff Editor for (People magazine’s website) for five years. She lives and writes in New York City with her boyfriend, photographer and filmmaker Aaron Tredwell and their cockapoo Cleo.

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The Liberal Studies Student Diversity Advisory Group facilitates discussion about diversity and inclusion that affect our community, with the intent to improve the experience for every LS student. We begin the spring semester by continuing this conversation with the goal of identifying opportunities for action that move us together toward a more inclusive school. In spring, Liberal Studies will host the Conversations for Change series, three forums where faculty, students, and staff come together to exchange concerns, ideas, and proposals. Each event will address a major component of the LS education, such as academics, global studies, and advising/student life. The inaugural forum, facilitated jointly by students and faculty, will be held on Thursday, February 4, at 5:00pm, focused on the Academic Experience. The feedback and recommendations contributed to this and the subsequent forums will help guide an action plan. All current and former students from Liberal Studies are invited to attend.

For the 11th consecutive year, NYU will commemorate Dr. King’s visit and his legacy by hosting a week-long schedule of special events. The theme for this year’s NYU Martin Luther King, Jr. Week is, There Comes A Time...

The highlight of the week will be the NYU MLK University-Wide Event on Thursday, February 4th, which will feature an interview with Misty Copeland, First African American Female Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, who will be interviewed by Karyn Parsons, Author & Actress Best-known as 'Hilary' on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The evening will also feature speeches by TJ Holmes, Nationally Recognized Journalist & TV Personality, Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and Co-Founder of MPOWER Change, and other invited guests.

This event is free and open to the public. Submit an RSVP here.

Recipient of the 2014 Inaugural Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Outstanding Spiritual Initiative Award, Faith Zone is a workshop designed to promote spiritual and religious literacy and dialogue. Based upon the Safe Zone model which is used to educate groups about the LGBTQ community, Faith Zone sessions take a dual approach that integrates theory and practice. Topics covered include reflecting on personal experiences with faith and spirituality, examining the global and local context for various religious traditions represented at NYU, as well as discussing tips for creating a safe and welcoming environment in one’s office, residence hall, student group, or classroom.  

The Office of Global Programs and CMEP are hosting a dialogue to explore questions of students of color have about studying abroad. Former study away students will discuss how their racial and/or ethnic identity was perceived in their new city, and if it impacted their experience. Lunch will be provided!

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Directed by Eric Coleman


Michael Green as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Daniel Carlton as Malcolm X
Ron Wilks as Rashad

The Meeting is an engaging and intelligent play that depicts a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following the bombing of Malcolm X’s home and shortly before he was assassinated, Malcolm and Martin meet in a room inside the historic Theresa Hotel. This riveting play deals with issues that are still relevant today: war, poverty, racism, Black self-empowerment. They were men with different ideologies, but a common understanding of the plight of Black Americans. Submit an RSVP for the play.

Want to get working with your hands and help the community by helping to provide a family with a home? We will be having a home construction build event on Saturday, February 6th ,2016 from 9 am - 4:30 pm. We will have a group leaving from Kimmel on that morning (at around 7:30 am) to head to the site together. - You do not need any construction experience, there will be professionals on site to supervise and teach all critical skills needed. - Please wear long pants and work boots, if you have.
- Lunch and Metrocards will be provided

Commemorate the end of MLK Week with an act of service. Sign up to participate in a community service activity, either as an individual, or as part of a university group.

In this presidential election year, we’re seeing more insults, extremism and polarization than ever before. Among the challenges for today’s students: to restore dignity not just to politics, but also to each other. After all, on your leadership journey, you will encounter people whose values clash with yours. Now what? How do you engage profound differences with your integrity intact? The key is to build "moral courage” in your personal and professional lives.

On February 8th, best-selling author, media personality and educator, Prof. Irshad Manji, will lead an edgy, interactive event that introduces you to the key teaching of moral courage: listening turns our fears of being judged by “the other” into opportunities for our own voices to be heard by “others.” Using her powerful personal story to set the stage, Professor Manji will compel you to examine your personal values, where they come from and what you are willing to stand for despite the disapproval of family, friends, or society.

You will recognize what constructive conflict is and how you can contribute to making values-based conflicts a growth experience for all involved (yourself included). Finally, you will leave this event having practiced difficult yet meaningful dialogues in which you stand your ground and, at the same time, seek common ground. In short: You will trump the tone of 2016’s politics.

Registration is limited. RSVP today!

About The Speaker

Irshad Manji is the founder of the Moral Courage Project. This award-winning venture equips students, business executives and innovators to steel our spines for the challenge of leading inclusively. She teaches her signature curriculum at Human Condition Labs in New York City, where she directs the entrepreneurial programme, "Applied Courage."

After writing two seminal books about religious reform, Prof. Manji launched Moral Courage at New York University, has expanded it to the University of Southern California and now works with disrupters in every field to effect ethical change. 60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl describes Irshad Manji as the “master of moral courage.” The World Economic Forum names her a Young Global Leader. And Oprah has bestowed on Prof. Manji the first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction.” You will soon see why.

Teach for America in collaboration with the GQ and Tech@NYU, presents #TechSoWhite, an immersive film screening and panel discussion event. The short-film entitled Code Oakland, and panel discussion will candidly examine inequality in the U.S. education system and the particular experiences of Black youth in America today. Panelists include Kelly Amis - director of Code Oakland and Founder of Loudspeaker Films, Terri Burns - Tech@NYU President, Robert Lin - Teach for America Stem Initiatives Director ... and more! The panel discussion will be moderated by Tisch Senior, Actor, one of NYU's most influential, and Gates Millenium Scholar, Robert Jackson

There are limits on how well realist representation can forward racial-political critique. This lecture reviews the use of non-realist abstractionist aesthetics in African American expressive culture, and considers its potential to promote social change.

Professor Phillip Brian Harper

Why does diversity matter? To be productive citizens in a global society where you will encounter diversity in all forms—racial, socio-economic, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious—we need to live and learn in diverse intellectual communities and prepare ourselves for the dynamics of difference. Discomfort and challenge are a part of that learning experience—this event allows us the space to engage the fear and move through it, trusting the Dialogue will take us to deeper levels of understanding and acceptance. Featuring: Dean Gabrielle Starr


A general note about Upstander: The Upstander Dialogue offers an inclusive space where students can share their experiences at NYU and listen to others in an effort to raise awareness about being responsible for ourselves and each other while offering guidance on how to take effective civic action.

The BSU will be hosting our annual Black Solidarity Conference on Saturday, February 20th, from 11AM - 3 PM on the 8th floor of Kimmel. This year's theme is "Black Identity" in order to highlight the various forms of blackness within our community. The Conference is a day to celebrate the black community and unite through the discussion of important topics. It will feature guest speakers Aja Monet and Cornell Woodson, three NYU-student led "breakout sessions", and an all-conference workshop. The breakout sessions this year are: black-queer identity, black-muslim identity, and black-latinx identity, and are meant to engage, support, educate and unify.

Please visit our Eventbrite page to RSVP.

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