Dr. Stewart Burns
January 2014 MLK Legacy Lecture
Way Out of No Way: How King's Teachings Might Help Us Overcome Our Quadruple Peril
Thursday, January 9, 2014
NKU METS Center
Union Institute & University is honored to present Dr. Stewart Burns as part of the university’s Ph.D. residency in January. This MLK Legacy Lecture is free and open to the public. Dr. Burns is a distinguished historian of the civil rights movement, and wrote the Wilbur-Award-winning biography of Martin Luther King Jr., To the Mountaintop (2004). A former editor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers at Stanford University, he produced the Montgomery bus boycott volume, Birth of a New Age. He published the first history of the bus boycott, Daybreak of Freedom, which was later made into the HBO feature film Boycott (on which he consulted). In 2002, Dr. Burns earned a NAACP Image Award. His new book We Will Stand Here Till We Die: Freedom Movement Shakes America, Shapes Martin Luther King Jr. (2013) covers the epic story of the American freedom struggle of 1963 from Birmingham to the March on Washington.
Burns has worked for many years in movements for peace and social justice—protesting the Vietnam War, organizing for the United Farm Workers, opposing nuclear power and nuclear weapons, fighting racism and modern slavery, and confronting poverty. His mission is to share lessons from the democratic struggles of the past to empower citizenship today and tomorrow.
Burns earned his Ph.D. in history and political philosophy at the University of California Santa Cruz and has taught at the University of California, Stanford, Antioch University, and Williams College. He currently shares leadership of the Center for Learning in Action at Williams College.
Learn more about Dr. Burns.
NKU METS Center
View Larger Map
3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, Kentucky 41018
Past Scholars in Residence and Guest Presenters
Click here for the January 2013 Conference Day program
Click here for the July 2012 Conference Day program
- Dr. Anthony Bogues, Researcher, Writer, Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (July 2013)
- Timothy Melley, English Professor and Director of the Humanities Center at Miami University (January 2013)
- Michael Quinn Patton, Independent organizational development and evaluation consultant (January 2013)
- Danielle Cadena Deulen, Poet & Essayist, Professor at the University of Cincinnati (January 2013)
- Peter Block, Author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati (January 2013)
- Dr. Virgil Wood, Retired Pastor, Community Activist & King Associate
- Dr. Otis Moss, Sr., Retired Pastor, Noted Theologian & King Associate
- Hon. Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor of Atlanta, GA
- Dr. Vicki Carter, Director, King Papers Project, Morehouse College
- Myriam J.A. Chancy, Writer and Professor, University of Cincinnati (July 2012)
- Dr. O’dell Owens, President, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (July 2012)
- Curtis Chin, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (July 2012)
- George Shulman, Professor, Gallatin School of New York University
- David Altman, Executive Vice President, Research, Innovation, and Product Development at the Center for Creative Leadership (July 2011).
- Denise James, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton (July 2011).
- Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland (January 2011).
- Sheila Kennedy, Professor of Law and Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (July 2010).
- Martin Espada, Poet and Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst (July 2009).