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Series presents "Debating Race" with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Oct. 9, 2007 --
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, one of the nation's most renowned public
intellectuals, will be the featured speaker in the fifth event of
Arkansas State University's 2007-2008 Lecture-Concert Series. Dyson will
present a lecture, "Debating Race" on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in
Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive. Dr. Dyson's appearance
is co-sponsored by ASU's Office of Diversity Initiatives.
by Essence magazine as one of the country's 40 most inspiring
African-Americans, Dyson was named by Ebony magazine as one of the
country's 100 most influential black Americans. The Philadelphia Weekly
contends that Dyson "is reshaping what it means to be a public
intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time."
He is the author of fourteen books, a social analyst, and an ordained
Baptist minister with a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton. He is also a
former radio talk show host, and he is a nationally recognized academic
expert on the hip-hop music genre.
On July 3, 2007, Dyson left the University of Pennsylvania after four
years as Avalon Professor of the Humanities to serve as a university
professor at Georgetown University, the nation's oldest Roman Catholic
Jesuit University. There, Dyson will teach theology, English, and
African-American studies. Dyson also previously taught at DePaul,
Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, Columbia, and Brown.
Dyson's books include "Why I Love Black Women," "Is Bill Cosby Right? Or
Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?" "Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art,
Loves, and Demons of Marvin Gaye," "Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane
Katrina and the Color of Disaster," and "Debating Race," his most
recent book. He has appeared on the Today Show, Nightline, the O'Reilley
Factor, the Travis Smiley Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Rap City, Def
Poetry Jam, and the Colbert Report.
In his author's message for the book "Come Hell or High Water," Dyson
says, "Over the last fifteen years, I have had the extraordinary
privilege to be an academic and a public intellectual-an engaged and
politically active scholar devoted to changing the world as best I can
with the gifts at hand... But my privilege also summons me to think
sharply and substantively about a wide range of intellectual issues, and
to address the social and moral crises of the culture. I have never, not
for even a second, believed that one couldn't at the same time be smart
and good, informed and involved, thoughtful and active. They are for me
flip sides of the same vocational coin... In my mind, writing is
thinking, struggling, fighting, imagining, loving, hoping, preaching,
crying, wishing, and inspiring, all at once... What guides all of my
thought and action is the belief that human beings who think creatively
and act boldly can shape history and relieve suffering for the good of
the neighborhood and the planet."
For more details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for the Honors
College, at (870) 972-2308 or via e-mail at
email@example.com, or visit
http://honors.astate.edu. After Oct. 28, contact Dr. Lillie Fears,
fellow, Office of Diversity Initiatives, at (870) 972-3210, for details.
The Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the
cultural life of the campus, community, and region.
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