Dr. James Chaffers, FAIA, M.Arch.'69, D.Arch.'71, and Dr. Ed Jackson Jr., D.Arch.'93, will participate in a panel discussion, 'Framing a Cultural Ideal,' focused on the inception, design, and construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – which will be officially dedicated October 16, 2011. The panel will focus on the challenges and opportunities in translating social, ethical, and visual ideals into architectural and landscape space. Introduction and welcome remarks will be made by Lester Monts, University of Michigan Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.


James Chaffers, FAIA, M.Arch.'69, D.Arch.'71, Taubman College Professor Emeritus of Architecture
Angela Dillard, University of Michigan Residential College Director and Professor
Ed Jackson Jr., D.Arch.'93, President ArchD Consulting Ltd., Executive Architect for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation
Jon Onye Lockard, Artist, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies-University of Michigan, Emeritus Professor of Art and Humanities Washtenaw-Community College
Kelly Quinn, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Miami University, Ohio
Milton S. F. Curry (Moderator), Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture
Awards Presentations
Dr. Chaffers' and Dr. Jackson's work on the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is symbolic of their lifetime commitment towards a world that embraces intellectual diversity as well as racial diversity and social justice. The 2011 honorees have used their lifetime of work in the realms of academia and professional practice to enlarge upon the conversations begun by other African-Americans and Americans who were effective in translating the civil rights movement into a set of coherent intellectual ideals that continue to frame contemporary debates on race, culture, and social theory.

Friday events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested. Contact Sarah Jarzembowski at sejar@umich.edu or 734.615.3653 to register.

We gratefully acknowledge support for this event from the University of Michigan's Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives at the University of Michigan, the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

To read and hear via video more about the MLK Memorial process in Dr. James Chaffers own words:

j vimeo.com/31618060

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