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Annual Martin Luther King Lecture Feb. 26
at Gustavus Adolphus College

ST. PETER, Minn. (Feb. 7, 2002) – The public is invited to the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at Gustavus Adolphus College at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Wallenberg Auditorium, located in the college's Alfred Nobel Hall of Science.

Philip Bryant, associate professor of English at Gustavus, will present "Martin Luther King's Dream and Mapping a Geography of the Free Range." The lecture will explore the possibility of a common American culture that, although very racially and ethnically diverse in its make up, can bridge differences and divisions that exist and have existed historically between the various people in this country in order to form a "more perfect union."

A Chicago native, Bryant graduated from Chicago Vocational High School in 1969. Then he received a B.A. in English from Gustavus Adolphus College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. From 1975-1989 he taught at various colleges and universities in the Chicago area. Since 1989 he has taught at Gustavus. A writer, he has had poems published in Minnesota Monthly, North Coast Review, The Iowa Review, The Indiana Review, The American Poetry Review, and Nimrod. In 1997 his book of poetry, Blue Island, was published by Crossroads Press. His work has been nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and a Forward Award.

The Gustavus Peace Studies Program is sponsoring this free event.

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minn. (one hour south of Minneapolis) that prepares 2,500 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. The oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota, Gustavus was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. At Gustavus, students receive personal attention in small-sized classes and engage in collaborative research with their professors. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-abroad, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.