Michael Eric Dyson addresses the Georgetown community in a lecture titled, "No Dreams Deferred?" Professor Dyson is an outspoken scholar who exploded on to the national scene in a public dispute with Bill Cosby over poverty and the black underclass- Georgetown University
John J. DeGioia
Since graduating from Georgetown University in 1979, John J. DeGioia has served both as a senior administrator and as a faculty member at the school. On July 1, 2001, he became Georgetown's 48th president.
Dr. DeGioia is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University in 1979 and his PhD in Philosophy from the University in 1995. He has most recently taught "Ethics and Global Development," "Human Rights: A Culture in Crisis," and a seminar on "Ways of Knowing."
Prior to his appointment as president, Dr. DeGioia held a variety of senior administrative positions at Georgetown, including senior vice president, responsible for university-wide operations, and dean of student affairs. In 2004, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Academia from the Sons of Italy.
Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Michael Eric Dyson cites an AP poll that shows some white democrats will not vote for Barack Obama because he is black to refute claims that America is a post-racial society. He argues that post-racial would deny people their identity and that a post-racist society is a better aspiration.
Michael Eric Dyson says that the sermons Martin Luther King delivered in black churches had a very different tone than his published speeches more commonly remembered. He says that if King were alive today, he would be comparable to Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Michael Eric Dyson reflects on the famous "I Have a Dream" speech says MLK is often "celebrated for the end of that speech, but few people remember the beginning of that speech" that railed against specific injustices before he improvised the inspirational final words.