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2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week

Accomplishing the Impossible: Stories of Historic Humanitarian Efforts with Ken Kragen, Producer and Author

When: Thursday, January 14, 2010
12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (Lunch provided, RSVPs requested)

Where: Avery Dining Hall, Caltech

RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kenkragen (required to receive lunch at this free event)

Ken Kragen, graduate of Harvard Business School and recipient of the United Nations Peace Medal, will visit Caltech and kick off Martin Luther King week by sharing his philosophy: “It’s easier to accomplish the impossible than it is the ordinary.” He will give a behind-the-scenes look at how he created three of the most impressive humanitarian events in history, as well as share a sneak preview of the 25 th anniversary celebration of “We Are the World.” From past successes, Mr. Kragen will extract elements that we can use in our everyday lives and careers to accomplish the impossible.

All members of the Campus and JPL communities and retirees are welcome. For additional information, please send an email to cma.announce@jpl.nasa.gov, or call Debbi Swanson Patrick at 626-395-6286, or Athena Castro at 626-395-6163

Presented by the CALTECH MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (CMA), A Leadership Forum

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MLK Service Project

When: Saturday, January 16, 2010 All Day

Where: Meet at the Caltech Y

Join a nation wide effort to transform Dr. King’s teachings into a day of service - to make a tangible difference in our community. Guided volunteer projects, transportation, meals, and t-shirts provided. Sign up required - for more information visit www.caltechY.org or the Caltech Y in person.

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“I Have a Dream” Video Tape

When: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Caltech Y, Lobby of Center for Student Services

View Dr. King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” and discover why it’s still significant in 2010. The nine minute speech will be playing in the lobby of the Center for Student Services and at various locations throughout the day. Handouts will feature the text of the 1963 speech from the Lincoln Memorial for those who would like to follow along.

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MLK’s Legacy and Civil Rights Today

Featured speaker, Reverend Eric P. Lee

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (Lunch provided, RSVPs requested)

Where: Avery Dining Hall, Caltech

RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RevEricLee (required to receive lunch at this free event)

As the current President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) of Greater Los Angeles, Rev. Eric P. Lee made national headlines when his stance against California’s Proposition 8 highlighted divisions within the organization. Founded by MLK, the SCLC is a civil rights organization committed to non-violent action to achieve social, economic, and political justice. The Rev. Lee will reflect on the civil rights issues facing the nation today.

After the talk, Rev. Lee's book, Marriage Equality: Proposition 8, The California Divide, will be available for purchase for $10 (cash only). The Rev. Lee will also be available to sign this book.

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The Roads to Equality with David Doll

When: Thursday, January 21, 2010 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (Lunch provided, RSVPs requested)

Where: Center for Student Services, 2nd Floor Common Area

RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/daviddoll (required to receive lunch at this free event)

Graduate student, David Doll, will walk us through historical readings from important movements in the US’s struggle for equality for all. Readings include excerpts from the movements for Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Gay Rights and others. Join in this unique opportunity to reflect on the struggeles that continue to impact our daily lives.

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Revisiting the Voting Rights Act: Can Caltech Help?
with Professor Morgan Kousser and Judy Mou

When: Friday, January 22, 2010

12 noon to 1 p.m. (Lunch provided, RSVPs requested)

Where: Center for Student Services, 2nd Floor Common Area

RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VotingRightsAct (required to receive lunch at this free event)


As one of the most successful pieces of legislative work in the Civil Rights Movement, the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) has protected minority voting rights for more than forty years. Section 5 is one of the most important, and most controversial sections in the VRA because it requires covered states or counties to submit any changes in election laws to the U.S. Department of Justice or the D.C. District Court before they can be put into effect legally. Recent attempts have been made to rule the "coverage scheme" of section 5 unconstitutional.

Come learn how Caltech research is providing evidence for a new coverage scheme for section 5 of the VRA that could help Congress propose amendments in the law that might save it from being declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.