Kent State University held its 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The keynote speaker for the event was Joy-Ann Reid, national correspondent for MSNBC and author of “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide.” A book signing and reception followed the event at the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony.

The Kent State University community will be treated to a week of welcome-back festivities to kick off the spring semester.

Photo of Joy-Ann ReidMSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid to serve as keynote speaker

Photo of Bob DylanLegendary musician Bob Dylan will have some of his visual arts output exhibited at Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery. “Face Value,” a collection of 12 large portraits drawn in pastel, will run Jan. 21-March 5 at the university’s Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, Ohio. There will be an opening reception on Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m.

Photo of a new graduate from Kent State’s Summer 2015 CommencementKent State University will hold its Fall Commencement ceremonies for the Kent Campus on Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).

Siva Kumari, Ph.D., director general of International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools in Geneva, Switzerland, will present a Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecture at Kent State University on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Her presentation, titled “Creating Critical Learners Worldwide: Why?,” is being hosted at the Kent Student Center Kiva by Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services and its Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Photo of Richard AlleyThe third annual Water Research Symposium at Kent State University will be held Oct. 14-15 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Kent, Ohio. This year, the symposium is co-sponsored by the National Academy of Science with additional support from the Cleveland Water Alliance. The event is free and open to the public.