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September 23, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DR. MICHAEL ERIC DYSON TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS

AT “THE PATHWAY TO EXCELLENCE, 14th ANNUAL OPENING CONVOCATION UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

 

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Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, renowned scholar, author, and activist will deliver the keynote address at the University of the District of Columbia’s 14th Annual Opening Convocation on Tuesday, September 23, 2008. 

 

This year’s opening convocation theme is “The Pathway to Excellence,” a vision set forth by new president, Dr. Allen Sessoms. Dr. Dyson’s innovative and unique scholarship will tie into the convocation theme as he focuses on race, religion, popular culture, and contemporary issues in the African American community.

 

Dr. Dyson has authored 16 books including his latest offering, What I Mean?, an examination of the culture of hip hop music and Debating Race, a compilation of conversations with African American scholars, politicians and public commentators. He was named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans. 

 

The University of the District of Columbia is the nation’s oldest urban land grant university.  It was founded in 1851 by Myrtilla Miner and originally named the Miner Normal School, a “school for colored girls.”  In 1955, Miner Normal became known as Miner Teachers College and joined Wilson Teachers College to become the District of Columbia Teachers College. In 1977, D.C. Teachers College merged with Washington Technical Institute and Federal City College to create the University of the District of Columbia.

 

WHAT:                  The University of the District of Columbia 14th Annual Opening Convocation

WHO:                    Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Keynote Speaker

                                Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, President of the University of the District of Columbia

                                UDC Faculty and Staff, Students, Alumni, and Friends

WHEN:                  Tuesday, September 23, 2008

                                10:00 AM

WHERE:                UDC Auditorium, Building 46 East

                                4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW


 

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            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.