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Michael Eric Dyson to talk about 2012 election at USI

Michael Eric Dyson to talk about 2012 election at USI

10/11/2012 | University Communications

Michael Eric Dyson, a renowned scholar, ordained Baptist minister, and public intellectual, will present “It’s All in the Numbers: The 99 Percent Occupiers, the 47 Percent Victims, the 14 Percent Unemployed, the First Mormon Candidate, the 44th President and the 2012 Elections” at noon Friday, October 26, in Mitchell Auditorium, located in the Health Professions Center at the University of Southern Indiana.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Students and employees are encouraged to attend.

Dyson is the author of 16 books, including New York Times bestseller Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye; Holler if You Hear Me; Is Bill Cosby Right?; and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He also is well known for his diversification of college curriculum, teaching courses on hip-hop music artists Shawn Corey “Jay-Z” Carter and Tupac Shakur. Dyson was named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans for 2012 by Ebony magazine.

A sociology professor at Georgetown University, Dyson's innovative scholarship and cultural criticism focuses on race, religion, popular culture, and contemporary issues in the African American community. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, Dyson was the Avalon Foundation professor of humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at DePaul University, Chicago Theological Seminary, University of North Carolina, and Columbia and Brown universities.

He is host of the radio-syndicated “The Michael Eric Dyson Show,” which addresses social, cultural, and political issues in a contemporary vein. He has made appearances on The Today Show, Nightline, O'Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Rap City, Def Poetry Jam and The Colbert Report, among others.

Dyson's appearance at USI is sponsored by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

For more information regarding the lecture, contact Kathy Jones, program advisor for student activities, at 812/465-7167 or

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