The Institute Community and Equity Office invites you to attend the next MLK luncheon seminar series presentation with Professor Craig Wilder. This series highlights the work of MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars and other MIT community members whose work honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in MIT Room E62-262. Please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Craig Wilder is the MIT History Section Head in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. More than a decade ago, Craig Wilder began exploring the journeys and struggles of black youth in the antebellum United States, an era when colleges almost universally barred African American students. He intended to write an article about the paths that these young men and women took into the professions and into the leadership of the abolitionist campaign, but found himself increasingly drawn to the more complicated and longer story of the relationship between American colleges and American slavery. Professor Wilder will be discussing the history beneath his latest book, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (Bloomsbury, 2013). For more information, visit the Visiting Professors and Scholars program website.