Georgetown professor to speak at BU Provost’s Lecture Series

For immediate release: Oct. 1, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential black Americans, will speak at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania as part of the Provost’s Lecture Series. His lecture, “Two Presidential Tickets: Coping with the Future?” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dyson, a professor at Georgetown University, has written 16 books which provide commentary on modern social and intellectual thought, interwoven with a combination of cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection and gender studies. His book “Know What I Mean? Reflections on Hip Hop,” a critical analysis of hip hop music, focuses on issues ranging from the music's creative expression to the global exposure and the commercialization of rap music. Dyson also has contributed record reviews to Rolling Stone and columns to Christian Century.

An ordained Baptist minister, Dyson earned a doctorate in religion from Princeton University. Before teaching at Georgetown University, he was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of North Carolina and Columbia and Brown universities.

The Provost’s Lecture Series provides opportunities for members of the Bloomsburg University campus and community to explore new ideas and engage in discussion. The series is supported by the Community Government Association, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the Bloomsburg University Foundation and the Endowed Lecture Series.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.