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Beyond the Dream: Speaker Series

Beyond the Dream: Speaker Series

The above artwork titled "Continuity" is provided by Gregory Frederick.

When we talk about the life and the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many people who quote “the Dream” do not realize that Dr. King lived and worked for four and a half years after that iconic speech. And while the Dream was of racial equity and equality, Dr. King’s vision went further: the formation of the Beloved Community, a space of peace, justice and an all-inclusive spirit of love for all people, particularly the most marginalized. The Beyond the Dream series seeks to explore topics aligned not only with the Dream but also with the Vision.

Beyond The Dream began with a small committee in the 2016-2017 academic year, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Cornel West and a slate of activities designed to engage with new perspectives and move us closer to the Beloved Community. Since 2018, the committee has had representation of various Deans, faculty, staff, administrators and student leaders across Bowling Green’s campuses. The offerings have expanded to extend over the entire spring semester, with some years beginning late fall.

The speaker lineup for the 2023-2024 Academic Year includes Colombian American poet, speaker and actor Carlos Andrés Gómez, Cambodian American author and journalist Putsata Reang and member of the Exonerated Five Kevin D. Richardson.

Events in the Beyond the Dream series are presented through a collaborative effort of multiple units across campuses, including the Division of Diversity and Belonging, the Division of Student Engagement and Success, the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, BGSU Firelands, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and University Libraries.

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