Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an esteemed scholar and one of the most inspiring and influential public intellectuals in the United States, will be the plenary speaker at Walden University’s academic residency on Saturday, March 26, at the Hilton Atlanta.
Dr. Dyson is an author, scholar and cultural critic whose voice bridges generations and gives light to national conversations about such issues as race, religion, gender, hip-hop and sexual politics. Once a welfare father, factory worker and church pastor, he is now an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner. Dr. Dyson has also been named one of the 100 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine.
Dr. Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and best-selling author of 16 books, including Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster; Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? and Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson.
An accredited online university, Walden’s academic residencies support students’ academic and professional goals by connecting them with individual faculty mentors, student support staff and hundreds of peers. During academic residencies, students from select doctoral and master’s degree programs have the opportunity to conceptualize and develop research that contributes to positive social change.
Walden's plenary sessions are an integral part of the residencies and are led by speakers from around the world who share an array of experiences and viewpoints, with the hope of inspiring debate and lively conversation. These sessions are intended to provide Walden students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to hear perspectives on a variety of topics that are meaningful and relevant to their lives as scholars and practitioners.