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Title: University Lecture Series: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Keynote Address

The Basics: Author and professor Michael Eric Dyson will speak on the relevance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s message in today’s society. Dyson was named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans. He has written 16 books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. He is currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

When:Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: University Lecture Series: The Boy Agender: Making Change Happen

The Basics: Cameron Brown, a Carnegie Mellon alum (H&SS ’95) will talk about his past career path from entrepreneurship to his current role in fashion design technology. Brown’s experiences have ranged from managing the Manhattan night club that hosted the Studio 54 20th anniversary party in 1997 to working at Manhattan’s JivaMukti Yoga center, where Brown ultimately found his passion. Brown has worked with famous clientele, including singer and songwriter Madonna; Sting, a rock musician and former head of The Police; and Russell Simmons, who was named by USA Today as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 20 Years.” Through these interactions he found his current focus on uniting fashion with emerging technology.

Brown has always been an innovative thinker, having been the 1995 recipient of the Truman Scholarship for his work with AIDS relief programs.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Title: School of Design Lecture Series: Stefan Bucher

The Basics: Stefan Bucher, a graphic designer and illustrator, will speak on the work he does at his California studio 344 Design. Bucher is the creator of the cartoon series Daily Monster in which he filmed himself for 100 days, each night drawing a new monster from a simple dab of black ink. His cartoon series gained him notoriety, and he is now an author of several art books, the creator of a Daily Monster blog, and a columnist for Step Inside Design. Most recently, his work was part of the new season of the relaunched Electric Company this month.

When: Thursday at 7 p.m.

Where: Breed Hall (Margaret Morrison 103)

Title: University Lecture Series: Curators’ Talk: Visualizing Social Movement Cultures

The Basics: Curators Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee will discuss their new multimedia exhibition at the Miller Gallery. Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now features more than 1000 posters, pictures, film clips, audio, and other paraphernalia from the civil rights movement in the 1960s to today’s battles for environmental awareness and against capitalism. The exhibition intends to not only represent times in history but also to ask essential questions about the role of art and popular culture in making history and defining movements. The lecture will display a varied sample of the multimedia pieces and discuss what questions they bring to mind.

Greenwald is currently a Ph.D. student for media art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and MacPhee is a working artist and activist living in Brooklyn, N.Y.

When: Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center