In a few short months, Valparaiso University will hold its 24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration for the 2013-14 academic year, taking place over a period of several days before and after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 20, 2014.
This year's theme, "The Beloved Community," is reflected in the work of our featured speaker, the Rev. Dr. John Nunes, Emil and Elfriede Jochim Chair and former president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief. This theme, a key concept in Dr. King's writings and speeches, will be explored in a series of sessions that will highlight the good work that is still being done to make Dr. King's vision a reality in today’s world.
Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to propose 60-minute focus sessions to be facilitated by the applicant on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. Focus Sessions will be held in the afternoon over two one-hour blocks, separated by a 15-minute intermission. The committee will select sessions that connect with this year's theme. Examples might include sessions on ways of imagining, building, serving and/or sustaining the Beloved Community at the local, national and international levels; the roles of diversity and inclusion in the Beloved Community; the Beloved Community in different faith and intellectual traditions; or nonviolence and reconciliation in the Beloved Community.
We encourage creativity, imagination, and audience participation when it comes to how this material is presented, including the use of technology and multi-media formats. We welcome sessions based on student projects and service-learning (on- and off-campus), workplace practices, and community work.
To propose a Focus Session, please download, print, and complete the application form and return it to Stacy Hoult-Saros, ASB, 1400 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, Ind. 46383 or email@example.com by Monday, Oct. 14. Please remember when writing your proposal to consider carefully how your session will help us reflect upon this year's theme: "The Beloved Community." (NOTE: Thank you for your entries; the submission process for 2014 is now closed.)
Stay tuned for announcements about the wide variety of events and presentations that will be held throughout campus and the broader community to help celebrate the life and message of Dr. King. More information on Valparaiso University's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration can be found at this website.
Focus Sessions Committee: Sarah Degner Riveros, Niru Devaraj, John Harrison, Stacy Hoult-Saros, Samuel Payán, Dan Saros