Valparaiso University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. by holding several activities from Thursday, Jan. 16 through Thursday, Jan. 23.

Thursday, Jan. 16

MLK Performance: “Shades of Gray”
5 – 6:20 p.m., Harre Union Ballroom

Art and Essay Contest Recognition and Award Ceremony
6:30 p.m., Harre Union Ballroom

Friday, Jan. 17

Community Conversations – topic: excerpts from “Letter From a Birmingham Jail”
Noon – 1 p.m., various locations in Valparaiso:

    • Lutheran Deaconess Association/Center for Diaconal Ministry
    • Valparaiso YMCA
    • Dayspring Women’s Center
    • Walt’s Place
    • HealthLinc
    • Pines Village Retirement Communities
    • United Way of Porter County

Film Screening – “Half the Sky” featuring a pre-recorded intro from Sheryl WuDunn.
5 – 7 p.m., Harre Union Ballroom

Student Coffee House
7- 10 p.m., Mueller Refectory

Saturday, Jan. 18

Film Screening – “Half the Sky” featuring live Q & A afterward with Sheryl WuDunn.
2 – 4 p.m., Harre Union Ballroom

Sunday, Jan. 19

Global Communion Service
10 a.m., Chapel of the Resurrection

Monday, Jan. 20

Convocation featuring keynote speaker Rev. John Nunes.
10 a.m., Chapel of the Resurrection

Tree Blessing
11:15 a.m., MLK Arboretum

Luncheon featuring entertainment, Nigerian dance troupe Umuada Ure.
11:45 a.m., Harre Union Ballroom

Focus Session I
1:15 p.m., various locations on campus

Focus Session II
2:30 p.m., various locations on campus

Closing featuring Jamil Khoury & Silk Road Rising.
4 p.m., location TBA

“Talk to a Lawyer Today”
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Law School

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Mock Congressional Debate
Topic: Stand Your Ground Law: Law students will debate the pros and cons of the Stand Your Ground defense in light of the Trayvon Martin case.
6 p.m., Law School

Thursday, Jan. 23

Valpo Law MLK speaker featuring William E. Nelson, NYU.
4 p.m., Law School