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UNI to host renowned African-American author

February 4, 2011

Kolby Knupp, grad assistant, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans, will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus. He will give a lecture on "The Future of Racism, Improvement of Democracy and Ideas of Inclusion."

Dyson is noted for his eloquence, humor and ideas. Combining intellectual thought with popular culture, Dyson focuses on topics of public interest.  His works provide significant commentary on modern social and intellectual thought, interwoven with a combination of cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection and gender studies. He is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and has authored 16 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 lives in Washington, D.C., and also is an ordained Baptist minister. Dyson is known for his ability to bridge generation gaps and connect civil rights identity to hip-hop culture.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kolby Knupp at 319-273-2250 or