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A TRIBUTE TO THE DREAM: Expressions of Race and Identity in Society

On Tuesday, January 16th, President Joseph E. Aoun hosted an event to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event featured discussions about the perceptions of race in media and culture by a panel of prominent journalists, writers and thinkers, as well musical performances by students. See full coverage here.

Perceptions of Race in Media and Culture – A Panel Discussion


  • Dan Lothian, former CNN Boston Bureau Chief and White House Correspondent who joined the journalism faculty in January. Prior to joining CNN, Lothian worked for NBC News based in the network’s Los Angeles bureau. He covered breaking news stories in the U.S. and overseas for Nightly News, the Today Show and MSNBC.


  • Jonathan Kaufman, Director, School of Journalism and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, editor, and author. He has held senior positions at Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe, and began his journalism career at The Boston Globe in the early 1980s, where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team examining racism and job discrimination in Boston. As the Director of the School of Journalism and a Professor of Journalism, Kaufman leads an accomplished team of faculty, oversees the school’s undergraduate program serving 225 students and its growing graduate programs in journalism and media innovation.
  • Akilah Johnson, Boston Globe reporter who covers immigrant communities and the people behind city, state and federal policies to tell the stories of people who come from around the world to make this region home.
  • Clint Smith, writer, poet and scholar. He was part of the winning team at the 2014 National Poetry Slam and published his first book of poetry, Counting Descent, in 2016. He taught high school English in Washington, D.C., before beginning doctoral work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where his research focuses on race, mass incarceration and education.

Images from the event:

Music By:

  • Max Lacoma, E’21 – Trombone
  • Cairo Marques-Neto, AMD’19 – Piano
  • Matthew Fishman, ‘22 – Saxophone
  • Daniel Ostber, E’20 – Bass
  • Zack Richmond, AMD’21 – Drums


  • Lori Nsimpasi, President of Northeastern Black Student Association, Psychology/CJ major, Class of 2020


Events – January 2018




The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute Day of Service

The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute

12pm – 5pm




A TRIBUTE TO THE DREAM: Expressions of Race and Identity in Society

East Village, 17th floor event space

12pm (doors at 11:30am)




Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Continuing His Legacy

The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Cabral Center

11:45 am

panel discussion

light lunch will be served