Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author, radio host and Georgetown University sociology professor, will deliver the keynote. In addition, the Unsung Hero(es) award(s) and MLK Scholarship Awards will be presented.
Dr. Dyson’s pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on American ideas, from his first book, 1993’s Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism, which helped establish the field of black American cultural studies, to his most recent, Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson. His recent book offers a sampling of his sharp wit, profound thought and edifying eloquence on the enduring problems of humanity, from love to justice, and the latest topics of the day, including race and the presidency. Dr. Dyson has appeared on nearly every major media outlet and he is also a contributing editor to TIME magazine. In addition, he hosts a news and talk program on NPR, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, where he delivers thoughtful analysis of today’s biggest stories from pop culture to race relations. Dr. Dyson is presently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University where, in 2011, he received widespread attention for his course “Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z.” His legendary rise – from welfare father to Princeton PhD, 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.”
Tickets are free but required and will be available at the Carolina Performing Arts and Memorial Hall ticket office on Jan. 8 at noon. For group tickets and further information, please contact the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at 919-962-6962 or diversity @unc.edu.