Biennial lecture

Every two years, the Keith Center welcomes a civil rights luminary to campus for a lecture on their work, passion and wisdom about today's civil rights issues. The lecture is free and open to the public, often drawing hundreds of residents from around Michigan. 

Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, delivered the Seventh Biennial Lecture on Oct. 5, 2018. You can watch the full program below. The lecture, titled "Racial Equality and the Future of Work," was sponsored by Comerica Bank.

Past speakers have included writer, activist and professor Julian Bond; humanitarian, activist, actor and singer Harry Belafonte; renowned and pioneering lawyer Constance Rice; and Lani Guinier, a groundbreaking scholar and the first African-American woman to receive tenure at Harvard Law School. Watch the Sixth Biennial Lecture with Julian Bond.