November 16, 2017: Race in America

FOCIS 10th Anniversary Lecture Series: What in the World is Going On?

The Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) will host "Race in America" from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, in Community Arts Auditorium. The event will feature a keynote presentation followed by a book signing reception. 

Flashpoint interview with Dr. Dyson - CLICK HERE TO WATCH

About the Speaker

Michael Eric Dyson, an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, is one of the nation's most influential public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine, and The Philadelphia Weekly says he "is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time." He is the author of a number of influential books; among them, April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America, was hailed by The Washington Post as "an excellent sociological primer on institutionalized racism in America." Dyson, who has taught at many of the nation's most prestigious institutions, is University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.


6:00 p.m.  Introduction and Keynote presentation 
7:00 p.m.  Audience Q&A
7:30 p.m. Book Signing and Reception
8:30 p.m.  Adjourn

Event Location
Community Arts Auditorium is in the Community Arts Center on Wayne State's main campus at 450 Reuther Mall. Convenient building access is available from Reuther, Ferry or Gullen malls and from Cass Avenue. Please click here for driving directions.

Program Partner
Hilary Ratner, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute