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Occurs on Thursday October 27 2022

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes


Shea Center for Performing Arts
William Paterson University - Shea Center
300 Pompton Rd
Wayne NJ 07470

Event Notes

× Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Unequal: A Story of America
Lecture and Book Signing

Based on his latest book Unequal: A Story of America, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson examines how racial inequality permeates every facet of American society, through the lens of those pushing for meaningful change. The true story of racial inequality—and resistance to it—is the prologue to our present. Unequal presents a gripping account of the struggles that shaped America and the insidiousness of racism, and demonstrates how inequality persists today. The program highlights African American people who dared to fight for a more equal future and hopes to provide audience members with a framework for addressing racial injustice in their own lives.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is one of the nation’s most renowned professors, gifted writers, inspiring preachers, knowledgeable lecturers and riveting media personalities. As a professor who earned a PhD in Religion from Princeton University, Dyson has taught at some the nation’s most distinguished universities, including Brown, UNC Chapel Hill, Columbia, DePaul, the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University. He is currently the Distinguished University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, and Centennial Professor at Vanderbilt University.

As a writer of more than 20 books, he is credited with two New York Times bestsellers The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America and Tears We Cannot Stop; A Sermon to White America, as well as Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America heralded as Amazon’s Bestselling Book for 2020.

Dyson has lectured across the country and around the world. He has also served for the last 30 years as a media commentator and host from NPR’s Morning Edition, The Takeaway, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, to television’s Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Today Show, Good Morning America, and Real Time with Bill Maher, and as a political analyst on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.

Book signing immediately follows the lecture. Unequal: A Story of America will be available on site for purchase.

Reserved Seating: Public $25 • WP Faculty and Staff $5 • WP Students get one free ticket with ID at Box Office on day of show
WP Alumni and Seniors 10% discount at Box Office

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