Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Thursday - January 12, 2017
11 a.m. – Program 12:30 p.m. – Q & A
Duncan Theatre, Lake Worth campus - Free and open to the public
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
, an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, is one of the nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine. The Philadelphia Weekly contends that Dr. Dyson“ is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time.”
He is a university professor of sociology at Georgetown University where he received widespread attention in 2011 for his course “Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z.” His legendary rise—from welfare father to Princeton Ph.D., from church pastor to college professor, from a factory worker who didn’t start college until he was 21 to a figure who has become what writer Naomi Wolf terms “the ideal public intellectual of our time”—may help explain why author Nathan McCall simply calls him “a street fighter in suit and tie.”
Dyson’s pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on American ideas. His first book, Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism, published in 1993 helped establish the field of black American cultural studies. He has written numerous other books, including his New York Times best-seller April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America, which has been hailed by The Washington Post as “an excellent sociological primer on institutionalized racism in America.” His most recent book, Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, offers a sampling of his sharp wit, profound thought, and edifying eloquence on the enduring problems of humanity.
He has previously taught at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the University of Pennsylvania as well as Columbia and Brown universities.
He has appeared on The Today Show, Nightline, O’Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher. He is also a contributing editor of Time magazine and host of NPR’s The Michael Eric Dyson Show.
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