Monday, March 1, 2004

Best-Selling Author Michael Eric Dyson is Keynote Speaker For Lincoln University’s Larry Neal Humanities Lecture on March 18
Dyson is a national television commentator, newspaper columnist and author of five highly acclaimed books including, Reflecting Black: African-American Cultural Criticism and Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur.

Lincoln University, PA (www.lincoln.edu)– Lincoln University–the nation’s first Historically Black University--- will welcome best-selling author and public intellectual Eric Michael Dyson as the keynote speaker for its third annual Larry Neal Annual Humanities Lecture Series on Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel at 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Lincoln’s School of Humanities and open to the public, will also include a book signing by the speaker. Dyson is a public orator and cultural critic whose interests cut across various media disciplines. He is the author of five highly acclaimed books that include: Reflecting Black: African-American Cultural Criticism, Making Malcolm: the Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X, Between God and Gangsta Rap, Why I Love Black Women, and his recent best-seller, Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur.

A social critic and Avalon Professor of Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, Dyson is a frequent media commentator and weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Dyson is also a regular commentator for Tavis Smiley’s National Public Radio (NPR) program, and an occasional contributor to the op/ed pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In addition, Dyson has appeared on numerous television news and talk shows, including Nightline, The Charlie Rose Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show and Oprah. Dyson is the fourth speaker in the Larry Neal Lecture Series, a program of annual lectures by distinguished scholars in memory of a noted African-American poet and critic, Larry Neal, Lincoln class of 1961. For more information, contact Kathy Madron, Office of the Dean of Humanities at (610) 932-8300 ext. 1252.

Located in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, Lincoln University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences.

The University is in the midst of a yearlong celebration of its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary. Lincoln will hold 150th anniversary galas this spring in Washington, D.C. (April 17) and New York City (May 6). For more information on Lincoln, please visit our Web site at lincoln.edu.

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