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Michael Eric Dyson

Scholar, author, and award-winner Michael Eric Dyson will give the keynote address for the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019, in Redbird Arena.

Reservations are required. The registration deadline was January 11.

An American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, Dyson, Ph.D., was named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine who is said to be “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, 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.

A contributing editor to TIME magazine, Dyson has appeared on nearly every major media outlet. 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.

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.”

This event is presented by Office of the President, University Housing Services, ISU Student Chapter of NAACP, and the Association of Residence Halls.