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Fairfield University Annual MLK Convocation: Robin D.G. Kelley, PhD

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Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

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Join us for Fairfield University's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation featuring Robin D.G. Kelley, PhD.

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PLEASE NOTE: All audience members attending in person must be able to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (within 72 hours) upon entering the Quick Center for this event. All patrons are required to wear face masks, fully covering your nose and mouth, while indoors in the Quick Center - this includes the lobby and restrooms. Please keep your mask on until you leave the building.

Fairfield University Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Robin D.G. Kelley, PhD

2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker

‘The Wrong Side of the World Revolution’: King’s Internationalism and the Lessons for Today

Please join us for this very special, annual Fairfield University event commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

We invite you to join the Convocation via the following options.

  • In-person in the Kelley Theatre, located in the Quick Center for the Arts
  • Streaming via thequicklive.com

This year’s speaker is Robin D.G. Kelley, PhD, an educator, author, and the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Kelley’s research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music and visual culture; Surrealism, Marxism, and more. His essays have appeared widely in publications including the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, The New York Times, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, Counterpunch, and Boston Review, for which he also serves as Contributing Editor.

Kelley has written several prize-winning books, including Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (1997) and Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009). He has published numerous other books and edited volumes including Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class (1994), Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (Beacon Press, 2002), and Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012). His current book projects include Black Bodies Swinging: An American Postmortem (Metropolitan Books), a genealogy of the Black Spring protests of 2020; and a biography of Texas-born journalist Grace Halsell.

Learn more about the many programs offered as part of Fairfield University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week by visiting Fairfield.edu/mlk.

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The mission of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is to create a dynamic and inclusive visual and performing arts center for the whole community that inspires intellectual curiosity, broadens perspectives and transforms the way we see the world and how we interact with one another.

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