Upcoming Lectures

Gabrielle Union and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. LM: artists, Academics & Activism. Lecture Series 2020-21. Monday, October5, 2020. 7:30 pm EST. Virtual. Visit MiamiOH.edu/lecture the week before the lecture for the meeting link.

The 2020-21 academic year lectures will be held virtually until further notice. Meeting links will be released the week before the event on this website.

2020-2021 Lectures

Gabrielle Union and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

BLM: Artists, Academics & Activism

Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Gabrielle Union, actress, author and activist, is known for such films as Bring It On, Bad Boys II, and 10 Things I Hate About You. A UCLA graduate, Union’s passion for acting is rivaled by her involvement as an activist who works on issues around women’s health, violence against women, racism, and gender inequality. She recently filed a complaint about racist incidents that took place on the set of America’s Got Talent while she was a judge last year. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, she is the author of The New York Times Bestseller, We’re Going to NeedMore Wine (2017), which features a powerful collection of essays on topics that continue to define the contemporary landscape: race, gender, feminism, sexuality, marriage, beauty and fame; and Welcome to the Party (2020), a children’s book. She is married to former Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University Sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and contributing editor of The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated website. He has enlivened public debate on dozens of major television and radio shows across the country. Dyson’s ascent from welfare father to Princeton PhD, from Baptist pastor to college professor, and from a factory worker who started college at 21, helps explain why writer Naomi Wolf terms him “the ideal public intellectual of our time.” The author of 21 books, including the New York Times best-seller Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (2017), Dyson has also written books about Barack Obama, Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr., and recently authored JAY-Z: Made in America (2019), which shares the impact Jay-Z’s music has had on America by incorporating poetic statements on race and social injustice.