BOONE—Michael Eric Dyson, an American academic, author and radio host, will speak Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. His talk, originally scheduled for Jan. 21 as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, is sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Multicultural Student Development. A book signing will follow the talk. Admission is free.
Dyson, named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential black Americans, is the author of 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 is currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.
Dyson’s first book, “Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism,” helped establish the field of black American cultural studies. “Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X” was named one of the most important African American books of the 20th century.
University Bookstore will sell Dyson’s books at the event.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.