For release: September 12, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will
hold its annual Open House Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. A reception
will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the program at 5 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin
garage adjacent to the theatre.
The Hooks Institute will provide an overview of its fall 2013 and fall 2014 programs.
The Open House will culminate with the panel discussion “Civil Rights at the Crossroads:
Voting; Affirmative Action in Higher Education; and Stand Your Ground Laws and the
Trayvon Martin Tragedy: How Can Our Communities Find Common Ground and Create Spaces
for Conflicting Voices to Advance Civil and Human Rights and to Sustain Civic Engagement?”
The panelists will be Steven J. Mulroy, associate professor of law at the U of M;
Marcus Pohlmann, professor of political science at Rhodes College; and Wendi Thomas,
columnist for The Commercial Appeal.
This event is co-sponsored by the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, the African
and African-American Studies Program and the Graduate Association of African American
History at the University of Memphis; Common Ground; National Civil Rights Museum;
Memphis Urban League Young Professionals; and the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities
of Rhodes College.