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World House: Connecting the Global Community

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the
Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

ATLANTA, MARCH 28- Forty years to the day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Morehouse College will commemorate the readings and teachings of King with a ground-breaking global conversation. Morehouse is partnering with the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida to engage several experts in conversation across continents -- and it will all take place on the Internet.

The conversation, which will be explored during the four Fridays in the month of April, will focus on King’s metaphor of the World House, taken from his book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? The book was published in 1976 and is a part of the 10,000-piece Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. The “World House” chapter is based on King’s Nobel Peace Prize lecture, which is also a part of the Collection.

The first of these global conversations will take place on Friday, April 4, at 10 a.m. Morehouse College will serve as the epicenter for this global connection, which will feature speakers and performances from Africa, India, China, Florida and Georgia, hosted by WSB Radio’s Condace Pressley.

The topic for April 4 will focus on King’s challenge to citizens of the world to “transcend tribe, race, class, nation and religion to embrace the vision of a World House.” Featured speakers will include Dr. Walter E. Fluker, executive director of the Leadership Center at Morehouse College and interim director of the King collection, who will be stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China; Dr. Manisha Shelat, senior lecturer on Journalism and Communications at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India; Dr. Stephanie Evans, assistant professor in African American Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville; and Benson Wambari, professor in the department of philosophy at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. Also expected to participate in this history-making event are spoken word artists, dancers and musicians from the USA to China.

Students from across the country and around the world will be able to participate in the global discussion by attending the event, which will be broadcast via the Web from the Bank of America Auditorium in the Executive Conference Center at Morehouse, or by logging onto www.worldhouse.morehouse.edu.

Please see below for the complete World House schedule:

April 4, 2008, 10 a.m. (90-minute webcast)
Topic: Transcending tribe, race, class, nation and religion to embrace the vision of World House.
Moderated by: Condace Pressley, WSB Radio (AM 750)

April 11, 2008, 10 a.m. (60-minute webcast)
Topic: Eradicating the three evils of racism, poverty and militarism.
Moderated by: Condace Pressley, WSB Radio (AM 750)

April 18, 2008, 10 a.m. (60-minute webcast)
Topic: Resisting social injustice and resolving conflict nonviolently.
Moderated by: Veteran broadcaster Ray Metoyer

April 25, 2008, 10 a.m. (60-minute webcast)
Topic: Curbing excessive materialism and shifting from “thing-oriented” to “people-oriented” society
Moderated by: Veteran broadcaster Ray Metoyer

About Morehouse College:
Recognized as one of the top feeder schools to the 15 most prominent graduate and professional programs in the nation by The Wall Street Journal, called “One of the best Southeastern colleges” by The Princeton Review and ranked “America’s Hottest College for Men” by Kaplan-Newsweek, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men. The College offers 26 majors in three academic divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Business Administration and Economics. Morehouse offers a number of programs and activities to enhance its challenging liberal arts curriculum through the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Morehouse Research Institute, Andrew Young Center for International Affairs and the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. In 2007, Morehouse launched a new Journalism and Sports concentration, which will one day grow into a major course of study.

Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil and human rights non-violent leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine; Shelton “Spike” Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award-nominated actor; Maynard H. Jackson, founder of Jackson Securities and the first African American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African American Rhodes Scholar from a HBCU.

About The Digital Worlds Institute
The Digital Worlds Institute supports a multifaceted collaborative program of research and education utilizing the tools of 21st Century technology and culture. Founded in the College of Fine Arts and the College of Engineering at the University of Florida in 2001, Digital Worlds (DW) serves as a platform for interdisciplinary research that would not have occurred within the confines of any one college or department. Through the use of distributed virtual environments and high-performance technologies, DW reaches out across the campus, state, nation and the world to share new cultural opportunities with creative people across the globe.

For more information and to tune in to the WORLD HOUSE global webcast, please visit: www.worldhouse.morehouse.edu

Posted by at March 27, 2008 10:36 PM

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