Renowned 'hip-hop intellectual' visiting Cintas on Nov. 14 to discuss the 'state of our generation'

Michael Eric Dyson probes the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip-hop culture | November 14, 2007

Michael Eric Dyson, renowned professor, social analyst, minister and New York Times best-selling author, is speaking on the topic “If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?: The State of Our Generation” on Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center. Following the keynote, Dyson is participating in a question-and-answer session and is signing four of his books: Know What I Mean?, Come Hell or High Water, Is Bill Cosby Right? and Debating Race.

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.

“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. "

Dyson has been named by Ebony magazine as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, and is the author of 14 books. He is a professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches theology, English and African-American studies.

More information about the event can be obtained from the office of multicultural affairs at 513 745-3181.