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Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is one of the nation’s most influential public intellectuals. He is an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner and was named one of the 150 most powerful African-Americans by Ebony.

Dyson is currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University where, in 2011, he received widespread attention for his course “Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z.” He has also taught at Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has appeared on The Today Show, Nightline, O’Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher and cemented his star appeal on Rap City, Def Poetry Jam, and The Colbert Report. He is also a contributing editor of Time magazine and he hosts The Michael Eric Dyson Show, an hour-long news and talk program on NPR.

Dyson’s pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on American ideas. He is the author of Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism; Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X; I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.; Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur; Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster; Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?, which was a New York Times bestseller; and April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America, also a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book, Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, offers a sampling of his wit, thought, and eloquence on the enduring problems of humanity, from love to justice, and the latest topics of the day, including race and the presidency.