Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Saint Michael’s College will celebrate its 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation from January 20th through January 24th, 2020.

The annual event is organized by the College’s MLK Society, an interracial group dedicated to promoting the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting and sponsoring programs, lectures and workshops, including the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. The week-long event includes speakers, film, poetry and panel discussions to promote better understanding on issues of bias, prejudice and racism.

The theme for this year’s event is: “We Are What We Watch, Hear, and Learn: The influence and Power of Hate.”

For a full schedule of this year’s Convocation, see below.

Schedule of Events

The 28th Annual MLK Convocation – “We Are What We Watch, Hear, and Learn: The influence and Power of Hate”

January 20 – January 24, 2020


MLK Speaker
Monday, January 20, 2020

Faculty/Staff Luncheon – 11:45 p.m. at Dion Student Center

Featured Speaker for the Lunch: Dr. Clifton Clarke

“Overcoming the impact of unconscious and conscious bias in classrooms and college campuses”

Dr. Clarke is a Global scholar, pastor, educator, missionary, community leader, and professor of Religion and intercultural studies. He served as a professor and director of the Department of Intercultural Theology Project at the University of Nottingham, and as a visiting professor at Providence College, Trinity International University, and Dominion University. He is currently the associate dean of the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies and associate professor of Black Church studies and world Christianity at the Fuller Seminary.


Monday, January 20, 2020

MLK Convocation – 4:30 p.m. at Chapel of St. Michael the Arch Angel

Featured Speaker for the MLK Convocation: Dr. Clifton Clarke

Keynote: “We Are What We See, Hear, and Learn: Reflection on the influence and power of prejudice, bias, and racism in shaping who we are.”

Dr. Clarke is a Global scholar, pastor, educator, missionary, community leader, and professor of Religion and intercultural studies. He served as a professor and director of the Department of Intercultural Theology Project at the University of Nottingham, and as a visiting professor at Providence College, Trinity International University, and Dominion University. He is currently the associate dean of the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies and associate professor of Black Church studies and world Christianity at the Fuller Seminary.
Faculty/Staff Luncheon 11:45am Dion Student Center – “Overcoming the impact of unconscious and conscious bias in classrooms and college campuses”


MLK - Movie Poster
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Moving Showing “American Son” – 7 p.m. at McCarthy Arts Center


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Panel on “American Son” and the impact of Stereotypes and Prejudice – 7:00 p.m. at Dion Student Center

“Can Prejudice and Stereotypes Kill?: A Conversation on the Wages of Blackness and the Blindness of the Privilege.”

Panelists: Dr. Robert Niemi, Dr. Patrick Standen, and Dr. Robert Brenneman


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Faculty/Staff Luncheon – 11:45 a.m. at Dion Student Center

Featured Speaker: Dr. Alicia Brunson

“Teaching Students to Check their Bias: Strategies for a bias-free Curriculum and campus.”

Dr. Alicia Brunson is the co-author of Prejudice in the Press?: Investigating Bias in Coverage of Race, Gender, Sexuality and Religion. Dr. Brunson is a faculty in the sociology and anthropology department at Georgia Southern University. Her work focuses on race and ethnicity, Media Literacy and Representation. She has authored many articles and co-edited many books, and is widely recognized and respected in her field.


MLK Speaker
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Speaker – Sources of Bias and Strategies for Freeing Our Mind by Dr. Alicia Brunson – 7 p.m. at Dion Student Center

Keynote – “Prejudice in the Press as Practices of Oppression: Investigating Bias in Coverage of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion

Dr. Alicia Brunson is the co-author of Prejudice in the Press?: Investigating Bias in Coverage of Race, Gender, Sexuality and Religion. Dr. Brunson is a faculty in the sociology and anthropology department at Georgia Southern University. Her work focuses on race and ethnicity, Media Literacy and Representation. She has authored many articles and co-edited many books, and is widely recognized and respected in her field.