Hip Hop Intellectual to Speak at Xavier University

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson authored Is Bill Cosby Right? | October 29, 2007

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, renowned professor, social analyst, minister and New York Times best-selling author, will speak November 14 at 7:00 p.m. on the topic “If not us, who? If not now, when?: The state of our generation” at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors to the Cintas Center will open at 6:00 p.m. Following the keynote, Dyson will be available for a Q&A session and will sign four of his books: Know What I Mean?, Come Hell or High Water, Is Bill Cosby Right?, and Debating Race.

“The Black Student Association is excited about this phenomenal speaker coming to campus,” says Jasmin Watson-El of Xavier’s Black Student Association. “He definitely has a message that students and the community need to hear. He is both powerful and engaging and November 14th will be a great day for this campus. We have worked hard to bring Dr. Dyson and we honestly believe, if not us, who?"

Dubbed “the Hip-Hop Intellectual” by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations of rap music, Dyson probes the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip-hop culture. He addresses the creative expression of degraded youth that has garnered them global exposure; the vexed gender relations that have made rap music a lightning rod for pundits; the commercial explosion that has made an art form a victim of its success; the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip hop; and the intellectual engagement with some of hip hop’s most influential figures.

Dyson has been named by Ebony magazine as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, and is the author of fourteen books. He is University Professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches Theology, English and African American Studies.

More information about the event can be obtained from Xavier’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 513-745-3181.