We know that prospective students are eager to learn as much about Harris as possible, but we also encourage you to explore the opportunities available throughout the University. We have shared information with our students on EPIC and The Institute of Politics, just two examples of the many institutes students can be a part of at UChicago, in addition to the many clubs and organizations at Harris. Outside of the centers and clubs and organizations, the University also has events and speakers open not only to students, faculty, and staff, but the public as well. I had the opportunity last week to see Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy and the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, speak at the the Dr. Martin Luther King, JR Commemoration Celebration at UChicago. I read his book a few years ago and was thrilled to have the opportunity to see him speak in person. On a cold Chicago morning the previous weekend I had spent quite a few hours waiting for tickets outside to see President Obama’s farewell address in Chicago, only to be disappointed, so I headed over to Rockefeller Chapel at 5:00pm right when the doors opened to see Bryan Stevenson. I was able to get a great seat, and as the chapel quickly filled with excited participants the electric enthusiasm created a palpable buzz. The event opened with the Chicago Children’s Choir, a group founded during the Civil Rights Movement with a current membership of over 4,400 young men and women representing the diverse Chicago community. Their performance included a variety of songs from different civil rights movements around the globe and was both impressive and up-lifting. Byran Stevenson received memorable introductions, drawing attention to his years of work on behalf of death row inmates and incarcerated juveniles, and praising both his character and dedication. When it was time for our keynote speaker to address the eager crowd, he certainly lived up to his introductions, detailing stories of both tragedy and triumph, including those in which he personally was subjected to humiliation and prejudice. I recalled the narratives from the book, but hearing them told in person was emotional, and the astonished gasps and heads shaking in disbelief indicated that many in the crowd agreed. I could go on, but one of our student workers who attended the event is planning to write a blog post, so I’ll save the more detailed reflection for her post, but I wanted to share with our prospective students some of the opportunities and experiences you can have outside of the classroom. I hope on this day celebrating MLK you have an opportunity for both reflection and celebration.