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Michael Eric Dyson to deliver annual Human Rights Lecture at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nationally acclaimed scholar and author Michael Eric Dyson will deliver the University of Iowa's Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week Lecture Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Dyson's lecture, "Race Rules," is based on his book of the same title and will focus partly on how the "street smarts" he gained as a young man contribute now to his intellectual work and life. An ordained Baptist minister, Dyson brings a dynamic personality to the lecture podium and is known for impassioned speeches that are both intellectual and accessible.

Dyson is the visiting distinguished professor of African-American studies at Columbia University. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Vibe, Emerge, The Nation and Rolling Stone. His next book, What have we Come To?: Bridging the Generation Gap, will be published this year.

Dyson's lecture is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee as part of the UI's annual week-long celebration of human rights. This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week is being held in connection with Human Rights 1998, a year-long, university-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

(Editors note: Dyson will hold a question and answer session for reporters and photographers at 5 p.m. Jan. 21 in the IMU Sun Porch, located just off the Main Lounge.)

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