Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - 2014 Keynote

Best-Selling Author / Scholar / Cultural Critic

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson – an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner – is one of the nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals. His keynote address goes beyond race, addressing the universal commonality of concern

Dr. 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.”

Chancellor Perlman will present the Fulfilling the Dream Award at the MLK Week Chancellor's Program on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm in the Nebraska Union Ballroom.

MLK Week Calendar 2014

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Friday, January 17, 2014
7:30 a.m. | MLK Freedom Breakfast | Embassy Suites Hotel

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Johnson-Farr
Professor, Doane College (Crete, NE)
Tickets: $20 per person
Contact: Jody Wood, 472-0085

7:30 p.m. | The Happy Sad | Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, UNL City Campus

Director, producer, editor Rodney Evans will be appearing at the opening night screening of the film on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm.  The film runs through Thursday, January 23, 2014. Check The Ross for showtimes.

In Rodney Evans’ THE HAPPY SAD, two young couples in New York - one black and gay, one white and heterosexual - find their lives intertwined as they create new relationship norms, explore sexual identity, and redefine monogamy.

Purchase tickets and find more information at The Ross.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
3:30 p.m. | Chancellor's Program | Nebraska Union Ballroom, UNL City Campus

Keynote: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (click photo for full bio)
Martin Luther King Jr & (African) American Leadership in the 21st Century

Chancellor Perlman will present the MLK Fulfilling the Dream Award. Reception to follow keynote address.

FACULTY and STAFF - Please contact Ashley DiGregorio (2-5860) for reading packets to complement your spring 2014 curriculum or co-curriculum. These packets contain articles and reflection questions relevant to Dr. Dyson's work and keynote talk.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
2 - 6 p.m. | Service Learning Project | Nebraska Union, UNL City Campus

Participants will volunteer at various sites around the community in honor of Dr. King's vision for community outreach. Registration is required - limited space available. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and a grant from the Pepsi Diversity Program Fund.

Questions?  Email us at service-learning@unl.edu.

7:30 p.m. | OUTSPOKEN: Open Mic MLK Tribute Night | Nebraska Union, UNL City Campus

Showcase your creativity through poetry, dance, spoken word, song, etc. while addressing issues surrounding the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including peace, equality and social justice. Prizes will be awarded. Like us on Facebook to find out more. Click here to register for the competition.

GRAND Prize includes an iPAD mini courtesy of the UNL Computer and Phone Shop.

Thursday, January 23, 2014
4:30 & 5:30 PM | An Evening at The Sheldon: Reception, Dedication, and Talk | The Sheldon Museum of Art, UNL City Campus

A reception featuring musician Charles Ahovissi starts the evening, followed by a dedication of artist Helen Ramsaran's work, Sanctuary that was installed between the Sheldon and the College of Business as part of the campus-wide sculpture garden. Ramsaran will provide a talk at 5:30 PM.

Learn more about Ramsaran at her website.

Friday, January 24, 2014
6-8:30 PM | Afrikan People's Union MLK Banquet |
Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, UNL City Campus

Tickets: $15 per person or $100 per table
Contact: Devin Owens at devinowens22@gmail.com