RAISING CULTURAL AWARENESS AND BUILDING GLOBAL RELATIONS
Convocation Year 2013-2014
Michael Eric Dyson
One of the nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals, Dr. Michael
Eric Dyson, will deliver the annual Convocation address at SUNY Fredonia on Thursday,
Sept. 26, at 3 p.m. at King Concert Hall.
As a cutting-edge historian, Dyson educates audiences on the significance of hip hop,
not only in understanding black culture, but in American culture as well. With his
powerful voice, he reaches beyond race, addressing the universal commonality of American
concern. He infuses intellectual thought with popular culture, while focusing on topics
of interest to the public. He eloquently melds scholarly insight with the phenomena
of contemporary culture, emphasizing their interconnectedness and force in shaping
Dyson has appeared on The Today Show, Nightline, O’Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show and Real Time with Bill Maher, among other programs. He has cemented his star appeal on such shows as Rap City, Def Poetry Jam, and The Colbert Report. Dyson is also a contributing editor of Time magazine. In addition, he hosts an hour-long 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.
An American Book Award recipient, Dyson has been described as one of the most graceful
and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today. It has been said that
he is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible
black academic of his time.
Tickets are required for the event and can be picked up at the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office (tickets are free). The maximum number of tickets that can be picked up are one per
student and four for nonstudents.
There will be a book signing in the Marvel lobby immediately after the address.
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Funding for the convocation speaker is being provided by the Maytum Lecture Endowment
and Williams Visiting Professorship Endowment through the Fredonia College Foundation.