Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - UF MLK Celebration Keynote Speaker
Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, January 29
6:30pm Doors Open
8:00pm Keynote Speaker
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
The UF Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), UF Office of the Provost and ACCENT Speaker’s Bureau hosts Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as the keynote speaker during UF’s campus-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As one of the most authoritative voices on issues of race and pop culture, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson has distinguished himself as more than a professor. He is one of the leading minds in the fields of sociology and African-American history and culture. According to the American Program Bureau “Dr. Dyson is presently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. 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.’” Doors open at 6:30 PM and the program begins at 7:00 PM. The celebration is free and open to all members of the Gainesville and surrounding communities. In addition to Dr. Dyson’s address, the program will also include a scholarship presentation and performances by the Agbedidi African Dance Troupe and the University Gospel Choir.
Sponsored by Black Graduate Student Organization, ACCENT Speaker’s Bureau, Office of Graduate Minority Programs, and Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President.
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