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This year’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration will feature two Black authors in conversation about how their work is both inspired by and builds on the work of Rev. Dr. King. Danté Stewart will speak about his new book, “Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle.” Danté will be joined by Ithaca-based author and curator of the popular Black Liturgies website Cole Riley, whose book “This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us” is due out February 22.

Both authors grapple with the legacy of white supremacy in America and invite us to reclaim the liberative and communitarian spiritual practices so central to the work of Dr. King

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About the Speakers

Danté Stewart is the author of debut memoir Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle, a stirring meditation on being Black and learning to love in a loveless, anti-Black world. Stewart uses his personal experiences as a vehicle to reclaim and reimagine spiritual virtues like rage, resilience, and remembrance—and explores how these virtues might function as a work of love against an unjust, unloving world. Stewart’s voice has been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Sojourners, The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, Comment Magazine, and more. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Clemson University. He is currently studying at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Cole Arthur Riley is the spiritual teacher in residence with Cornell’s Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making. She is the creator of Black Liturgies, a space for Black spiritual words of liberation, lament, rage, and rest; and a project of The Center for Dignity and Contemplation. Born and for the most part raised in Pittsburgh, Cole studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her debut book, This Here Flesh, will be published by Penguin Random House in February of 2022.

This event will be accessible to all via livestream, and it will also have limited in-person seating for Cornell community members; pre-registration and strict adherence to Cornell COVID-19 public health guidelines is required. Visit for additional details and event updates.

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Submissions are due by MARCH 18, 2022!

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies program will be accepting submissions for the 2022 Biddy Martin Graduate Prize and 2022 LGBT Studies Undergraduate Prize.

Deadline: Applications are due by MARCH 18, 2022

Submission Guidelines: entrants for either prize must be currently enrolled students at Cornell University. Works submitted for consideration must be your original work produced at any time during your tenure at Cornell. Entrants may submit an essay, artwork, article, thesis chapter, dissertation chapter, etc for consideration.

Email submissions to the LGBT Studies Program Assistant, Aidan Kelly (

Prizes: $300 prize to the winner and $100 prize awarded to honorable mention in each category.

A faculty committee will conduct a blind review (with submitters’ names and identifying markers removed from entries by the LGBT Program Assistant). Prize winners will be notified in May 2022.

For more information, please visit


The Latina/o Studies Program Fridays with Faculty seminar offers an opportunity for Latina/o and non-Latina/o students of all levels and disciplines to meet faculty and administrators from across the university for informal conversation about their current research/work in progress. All welcome!

Face masks are required to attend. Following the event a limited number of box lunches will be available on a first come, first served basis for those in attendance.

Fridays at 12 noon.

February 11
Sara C. Bronin
Professor, City and Regional Planning
College of Architecture Art and Planning
Associate Faculty Member, Cornell Law School

February 18
Troy A. Richardson
Associate Professor, American Indian and Indigenous
Studies Program, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

March 4
Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow/Visiting Lecturer, Society for the Humanities.
Assistant Professor, Performing and Media Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

March 11
Maricelis Acevedo
Research Professor, Department of Global Development
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

March 18
Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez
Society Fellow, Society for the Humanities
College of Arts and Sciences

March 25
Jerel Ezell
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies and Research Center
College of Arts and Sciences

This series made possible with support from the College of Arts Sciences Dean's Office.