Most recently, he's published Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. Named a bestseller by publications such as New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more, the book has been hailed as a profound and provocative analysis of modern-day race relations. Later this year, he will be releasing the book What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America, which explores the history of the intersections between race and democracy.
Dr. Dyson's pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on American ideas. His first book, 1993's Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism, helped establish the field of black American cultural studies. His next book, 1994's Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X, was named one of the most important African American books of the 20th century. Dr. Dyson's first book on Martin Luther King, 2000's I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr., made a significant contribution to King scholarship by recovering the radical legacy of the slain civil rights leader. According to book industry bible Publisher's Weekly, his 2001 book, Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, helped to make books on hip hop commercially viable. His 2006 book Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster was the first major book on Katrina and probed the racial and class fallout from the storm. Dr. Dyson's 2005 New York Times bestseller, Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?, helped to jumpstart a national conversation on the black poor that has been called the most important debate in black America since the historic debate between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. His book, The New York Times best-selling April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America, has been hailed by TheWashington Post as "an excellent sociological primer on institutionalized racism in America." His book, Can You Hear Me Now?The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, offers a sampling of his sharp wit, profound thought, and edifying eloquence on the enduring problems of humanity, from love to justice, and the latest topics of the day, including race and the presidency. It is both revealing and relevant, and at once thoughtful provoking and uplifting.
Not only has Dr. Dyson taught at some of the nation's most prestigious universities - including Brown, Chapel Hill, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania - but his influence has carried far beyond the academy into prisons and bookstores, political conventions and union halls, and church sanctuaries and lecture stages across the world.
Dr. Dyson has appeared on nearly every major media outlet, including The Today Show, Nightline, O'Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher - and he has cemented his star appeal on such shows as Rap City, Def Poetry Jam, and The Colbert Report. He 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.
His powerful work has won him legions of admirers and has made him what TheWashington Post terms a "superstar professor." His fearless and fiery oratory led the Chronicle of Higher Education to declare that with his rhetorical gifts he "can rock classroom and chapel alike." Dr. Dyson's eloquent writing inspired Vanity Fair magazine to describe him as "one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today."
Dr. Dyson is presently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University where, in 2011, he received widespread attention for his course "Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z." 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." Read Less ^
Michael Eric Dyson
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Michael Eric Dyson is a renowned scholar, ordained Baptist minister and public intellectual. His innovative scholarship, combining cultural criticism and biography, focuses on race, religion, popular culture, and contemporary issues in the African American community.
"Professor Dyson is an intellectual leader in society and academia," said Georgetown University Provost James J. O'Donnell. "At Georgetown we look forward to his continued societal impact and anticipate the contributions he will make to enhance our vibrant academic community."
Dyson's 15th book, released this month, Know What I Mean? is a critical study of hip hop music, addressing issues ranging from the music's creative expression to the global exposure, commercialization and politicization of rap music and its most influential figures. His previous book, Debating Race, is a compilation of previously unpublished conversations with scholars, politicians and public commentators.
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Dyson was the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the DePaul University, Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of North Carolina, and Columbia and Brown universities. Dyson holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.
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