Michael Eric Dyson
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
UMKC Student Union, Multipurpose Room
5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO
This event is free and open to the public - ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!
FREE PARKING: Cherry Street Parking Garage, 50th & Cherry Street, Area 32N on levels five and six only
Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D., 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 Dyson "is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time."
Dyson’s pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on American ideas. He has written several books, including "Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism"; "Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X"; "I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr."; "Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur"; "Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster"; and "Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?"
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, from love to justice, and the latest topics of the day, including race and the presidency. It is both revealing and relevant, and at once thought provoking and uplifting.
Dyson taught at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities including Brown, Chapel Hill, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania. His influence has carried far beyond the academy into prisons, bookstores, political conventions, union halls, church sanctuaries and lecture stages across the world. He has appeared on nearly every major media outlet, including The Today Show, Nightline, O’Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show and Real Time with Bill Maher. He is a contributing editor of Time magazine. In addition, he hosts an hourlong 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 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."