CSU-Pueblo Distinguished Speaker Series concludes with Michael Eric Dyson on April 12

CSU-Pueblo Distinguished Speaker Series concludes with Michael Eric Dyson on April 12

PUEBLO – The 2009-2010 Distinguished Speakers Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo will conclude on April 12 with one of the nation’s most inspiring and outspoken African Americans. Best-selling author and popular culture commentator, Michael Eric Dyson will present “Profiles in Caricature: Racial Profiling and its Impact on Black America,” at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 12 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom. 

Topics for the year-long series have ranged from domestic abuse and same-sex marriage to human rights by individuals who have distinguished themselves in their fields. The series has featured eminent national or international speakers who have contributed to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, and other realms of contemporary significance. This series has been an opportunity to learn from scholars, scientists, athletes, politicians, business people, and community members who inspire students to think critically about current issues, trends, events, knowledge, diversity, and leadership.

The series is free and open to the public and requires no tickets. Events are co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Student Fee Governing Board, Associated Students’ Government, Office of Student Life, and the Diversity Resource Center.

Hailed as one of the nation’s most inspiring African Americans, Dyson has been credited with revitalizing the role of the public intellectual with the fervor of an ordained Baptist minister. Infusing intellectual thought with popular culture, Dyson focuses on topics of interest to the public. He eloquently melds scholarly insight with the phenomena of contemporary culture, emphasizing their interconnectedness and force in shaping our society. His books provide some of the most significant commentary on modern social and intellectual thought, interwoven with a combination of cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection, and gender studies. Works such as Making Malcolm X; I May Not Get There with You; Hollar if You Hear Me; Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye; Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind?; Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster; and the recent Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, deeply probe social themes and cultural politics.
For more information, contact the CSU-Pueblo Office of Student Life at 549-2586 or visit www.colostate-pueblo.edu/studentactivities.

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