• on January 21, 2021

Slavery to Freedom – An American Odyssey

VIRTUAL 21st annual Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series presented by MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

“The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is very proud of our tradition in offering the Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series, Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey. Once again in 2021, we are bringing three nationally acclaimed leaders to campus to spark discussion and interaction on issues around diversity, civil rights and social justice.

We have confirmed Dr. Monique Morris, Ms. Patrisse Cullors, and Dr. Cornel West who are virtually visiting the MSU campus. We are asking everyone to register for these webinars in advance.  All presentations take place at 5:00 pm.  The dates and registration links for their free presentations are noted below. We hope that you’ll plan on taking part of these dynamic lectures and what we believe will be thought-provoking presentations by these speakers.”

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:00pm
Register at https://tinyurl.com/MoniqueMorris


Dr. Monique Morris is the executive producer and co-writer of the 2019 documentary film, “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.” She has also authored several books and articles dealing with issues pertaining to race, justice and education. For three decades, Dr. Morris has been involved in social justice advocacy and scholarship, working with research and academic institutions, civil rights organizations, nonprofits, public agencies and activists to advance policies and practices that promote racial and gender equity.

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 5:00pm
Register at https://tinyurl.com/PCullors


Patrisse Cullors is co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, an American artist, activist and an advocate for prison abolition in Los Angeles. She also is a New York Times best-selling author, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker and Sydney Peace awardee. She teaches at Otis College of Art and Design in the public practice program and in the Master of Arts in Social Justice and Community Organizing program at Prescott College. She also co-founded the prison activist
organization, Dignity and Power Now, which was successful in creating a civilian oversight board. She was recently recognized in TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list.

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 5:00pm
Register at https://tinyurl.com/DrCWest


Dr. Cornel West is a thought-provoking speaker, social commentator and academic visionary whose analysis is framed by a commitment to truth telling, social justice and bearing witness to love. He has authored more than 20 books examining the intersections of race, gender and class in American society, including his well-known classics “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters.” Dr. West currently is a
professor of public philosophy at Harvard University and professor emeritus at Princeton University.

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