The 15th Annual Blake Diversity Symposium

Michael Eric Dyson
“Come Hell or High Water:
Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster”

"To ignore the cultural and racial contexts that deny access to multilinguisticality, and to overlook the rigid racial and educational hierarchy that reinforces privilege and stigma, are intellectually dishonest.

The danger in making class-based assessments of character is that we associate wealth and resources, or at least style and status, with superior moral achievement.

Poverty's grinding malevolence is fed in part by social choices and public policy decisions that directly impact how many people are poor and how long they remain that way."

Michael Eric Dyson

Blake’s Center for Diversity invites you to spend an evening with author, commentator, preacher and professor Michael Eric Dyson who is described as “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today." ("Vanity Fair") Dyson’s most recent book, "Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster," is the first to address the social and political fallout that began with last year’s storm and continues through today.

A fiery orator who has drawn comparisons to Martin Luther King Jr., Dyson has earned a spot as one of "Essence" magazine’s 50 most inspiring African Americans. His far-reaching cultural appeal has drawn the admiration of academics, members of faith communities and youth alike, who have helped make nearly all 12 of his books bestsellers.

Dyson, who is currently a professor of religious studies, humanities and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, has taught at some of the nation’s most distinguished colleges and universities. Blake is proud to welcome this thought-provoking and inspiring speaker to its 15th annual Diversity Symposium.

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The Blake School
Northrop Campus
Juliet Nelson Auditorium
511 Kenwood Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55403

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.