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'Day of Remembrance' Jan. 20 to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Posted: Thursday Jan 2, 2014

Jan. 2, 2014

“A Day of Remembrance 2014” featuring a talk by Dr. Kiron Skinner, director of the Center for International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University, a Dream Center, prayer service, dinner, multimedia presentation and a re-creation of Dr. King’s historic speech will be included in a day-long series of events at Saint Vincent College on national Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of the late civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. All events except the evening program, which includes dinner, are free and open to the public. Tickets for the evening program are required for entry and can be obtained or reserved at the Campus Life Office in the Robert S. Carey Student Center during the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Members of the Visionaries of H.O.P.E. and the Office of Multicultural Student Life will create a Dream Center in the lounge of the Carey Student Center, open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where historic posters of Martin Luther King will be shown along with an exhibit of art and the unique opportunity to participate in a fused glass workshop.

The evening program will take place in the Fred M. Rogers Center from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Doors will open for this program beginning at 4 p.m. An invitational reception for members of the Visionaries of H.O.P.E. and guests will begin at 4:30 p.m.

At 4:35 p.m., Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College, and Jeffrie Mallory, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Life, will welcome guests and deliver remarks. A scripture reading along with video clips of the later Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Speech will follow the opening remarks.

The commemorative reflection will be given by Dr. Skinner at 5 p.m. with dinner and student presentations to follow as the evening concludes. Tickets are required for entry to the evening program.

“The goal of the day as always is to honor, respect and remember the great things Martin Luther King, Jr. did in his lifetime,” Mallory said. “We want to remember what he fought for and that he was a man who respected everyone and wanted everyone to be respected as well.”

“We are emphasizing the educational dimension in our program,” he concluded. “We are honored to have Kiron Skinner as our featured speaker. Attendance at our observance has been growing every year and we look forward to hosting an even larger group of students, faculty, staff and people from the area.”

Skinner, a renowned expert in international relations, U.S. foreign policy and political strategy, is an academic administrator and public servant. At CMU, she is founding director of the Center for International Relations and Politics, university adviser on national security policy, associate professor of international relations and political science and director of the International Relations and Politics undergraduate major. In addition, Skinner is a Distinguished Fellow at CyLab, a research center in the College of Engineering and holds courtesy faculty positions at CMU’s Heinz College and the Institute for Software Research, an academic department in the School of Computer Science. She has also taught political science courses at Hamilton College, Harvard University and the University of California, Los Angeles. At Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Skinner is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow and a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy.

Skinner is an award-winning and best-selling author. Her coauthored books Reagan, In His Own Hand (2001) and Reagan, a Life in Letters (2003) were New York Times best sellers. Reagan, In His Own Hand won the Hoover Institution’s Uncommon Book Award and was serialized in the New York Times Magazine on Dec. 31, 2000. Reagan, A Life in Letters was selected as one of the best books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times, was Time magazine’s cover story on Sept. 29, 2003, and was the subject of a Sept. 29, 2003, editorial written by the New York Times editorial board. The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin (2007), a book Skinner coauthored with Serhiy Kudelia, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Condoleezza Rice, was excerpted on the opinion page of the New York Times on Sept. 15, 2007. A frequent contributor of opinion essays, Skinner has written for CNN.com, Foreign Policy.com, National Review Online, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She also regularly provides scholarly commentary on national and international television and radio programs.

Among Skinner’s numerous awards are the Truman Scholarship for the State of California (1979); Glamour magazine’s Top Ten College Competition for Women (1981); Harvard University’s Sidney Matz Prize for excellence in advising undergraduates (1989); Delegate to the Bellagio “New Faces” Conference sponsored by the Arms Control Association and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (1989); University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow (1996-98); Olin Foundation Faculty Fellowship (1999-2001 and 2001-2002); BMW Transatlantic Forum Fellow (U.S. and Germany, 2004 and 2005); and Kennedy Middle School Hall of Fame (Redwood City, California, 2005).

Skinner’s government service includes membership on the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board as an adviser on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (2001–07); the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) Executive Panel (2004–present); the National Academies Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security (2009–11); and the National Security Education Board (2004–11). In 2010, Skinner was appointed to the advisory board of the George W. Bush Oral History Project. She served as a foreign policy surrogate for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004, a senior foreign policy adviser in 2011-12 to Speaker Newt Gingrich during his presidential campaign, and a senior foreign policy adviser in the fall of 2012 to the Governor Mitt Romney for President campaign. In 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett appointed Skinner to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs.

Skinner serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C.; Propel Schools in the Pittsburgh area; and Saint Vincent College. She is a life member of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

Skinner holds master of arts and Ph.D. degrees in political science and international relations from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees from Spelman College and Sacramento City College. She received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Molloy College, Long Island. In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking in California’s foothills and mountains.

Skinner’s website is found at kironmemo.com, and she may be visited on Twitter
@KironSkinner.

For further information about the Day of Remembrance or to reserve tickets please contact the Office of Campus Life at 724-805-2564 or campus.life@email.stvincent.edu.

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Photo: Dr. Kiron Skinner 

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