Thought Leaders Summit
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 7:00 - 8:30pm | The Hotel at UMD - Calvert Ballroom
Serving the Underserved: Race and Higher Education in America
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is presently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University where, in 2011, he received widespread attention for his course "Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z." His legendary rise - from welfare father to Princeton Ph.D., from church pastor to college professor, from a factory worker who didn't start college until he was 21 to a figure who has become what writer Naomi Wolf terms "the ideal public intellectual of our time" - may help explain why author Nathan McCall simply calls him "a street fighter in suit and tie."
Most recently, he's published Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. Named a bestseller by publications such as New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more, the book has been hailed as a profound and provocative analysis of modern-day race relations.
Dr. Brittney Cooper
Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:30pm | The Hotel at UMD - Terrapin Ballroom
Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: Why Higher Education Must Embrace Intersectionality
Dr. Brittney Cooper is a writer, teacher, and public speaker. She is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, and is the co-founder of the popular Crunk Feminist Collective blog. Dr. Cooper is also a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com and a former contributor to Salon.com. Her cultural commentary has been featured on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, Al Jazeera’s Third Rail, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, PBS, Ebony.com, Essence.com, TheRoot.com, and TED.com.
Dr. Cooper is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, May 2017) and the forthcoming Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s, February 2018). Dr. Cooper is also a co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press 2017).