Posted on December 02, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Bucknell University's 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Week will take place Jan. 16–22 and will feature three special guest lecturers, who will each deliver an evening talk and hold a lunchtime book discussion. All lunch events begin at noon in the Walls Lounge while all evening lectures will be at 7 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center Forum. All events are open to the public. 

This year's series is called Charleston, Rwanda and the Possibilities for Peace. Speakers include Sharon Risher, whose mother was killed in the Charleston church massacre; Joseph Sebarenzi, a Rwandan political activist; and Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi.

The series will begin with the Beloved Community Dinner on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in Larison Dining Hall. This community dinner is open to the public and an RSVP is required.

Risher's lunch talk and evening lecture will be on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The book she will be discussing is titled We Are Charleston: Triumph and Tragedy at Mother Emmanuel.

Sebarenzi's book discussion, signing and evening lecture is on Wednesday, Jan. 18. His book is titled God Sleeps in Rwanda.

Gandhi's book discussion, signing and evening lecture is on Thursday, Jan. 19. His book is titled Legacy of Love: My Education in the Path of Non-Violence.

The series will conclude with the third annual Interfaith Service for Peace and Justice on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. in Rooke Chapel. It will consist of readings, reflections and music representing a variety of religious traditions.

Martin Luther King Jr. Week is a series of programming presented by the President's Diversity Council that is intended to engage the campus and local communities in a weeklong conversation about Dr. King's legacy and philosophies and the ways we might address the seemingly intractable problems of violence, hatred and discrimination.

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