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Education for Justice

The Role of Education in the Quest for Justice

Denison University’s the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2015 Day of Learning theme, “Education for Justice,” focuses on the role of education in the quest for justice. Keynote speaker and author James Loewen is a sociologist who has uncovered many omissions and half-truths in American history high school textbooks. Loewen published his findings in “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” which has sold more than 1.3 million copies and continues to inspire K-16 teachers to help students find excitement in history that goes beyond their textbooks. His keynote is titled “Lies My Teacher Told Me – About Race,” and it will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, at Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). MLK events at Denison are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Linda Krumholz at 740-587-5740 or visit Denison.edu.

Loewen taught about race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont. Previously he taught at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. Loewen has been an expert witness in more than 50 civil rights, voting rights and employment cases. He has authored several books, including “Teaching What Really Happened,” “Sundown Towns,” “Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong,” “The Truth About Columbus,” “Social Science in the Courtroom,” and “The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White.”


After Loewen’s lecture, Denison will offer a series of sessions around different topics related to King’s life and legacy. These include:

  • “All White on Purpose: Sundown Towns around the Midwest” with James Loewen from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Burton D. Morgan Lecture Hall (150 Ridge Road).
  • “Veganism: Active Non-Violence” panel discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m., President’s Room, Huffman Dining Hall (700 East Loop).
  • “Black Lives Matter” discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Herrick Auditorium (500 West Loop).
  • “Rediscovering Denison’s Past: More than a Noose,” sponsored by Sustained Dialogue, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Higley Auditorium (100 Ridge Road).
  • “Men’s Role in Creating a Positive Campus Climate” discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Slayter Auditorium (200 Ridge Road).
  • “Freedom of Expression and Respect for Difference on Campus” Philosophy Coffee from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knobel Hall (150 Ridge Road).
  • “Peacemaking in Palestine,” Global Studies talk by Rick Polhamus from 7:30 to 9 p.m., University Room, Slayter Hall (150 Ridge Road).

As part of the 2105 celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., these service-learning opportunities are open to students, faculty and staff.

Homelessness and Hunger Service: offered on North and South quads

  • Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Slayter Union: Make and sell hot chocolate, funds will be donated to the Salvation Army.
  • Thursday, Jan. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Higley room 08: Make fleece tie blankets for the Salvation Army.
  • Friday, Jan. 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Slayter Union pit: Prepare bagged lunches.

Animal Welfare Awareness Service: offered on East Quad

  • Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Huffman Presidents Room: Make fleece tie blankets for cats and dogs.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Crawford Kitchen Lounge: Bake dog treats.
  • Saturday, Jan. 24, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. outside Huffman Service Center: Pet supplies collection.

Education Service offered on West Quad

  • Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Curtis Veggie Room: Prepare snack bags to donate to the YES Clubhouse.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Curtis Veggie Room: Assemble backpacks for donation to a local school.
  • Thursday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Higley 08: Encouragement journals for donation to YES.

And, on Monday, Jan. 26, from 9 to 11a.m. in Higley 08: Make valentine crafts for Licking County Aging.

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