Michael Eric Dyson is St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecturer

Dyson posterAuthor and MSNBC political analyst MICHAEL ERIC DYSON will speak about the coming presidential election at this year’s ST. CLAIR DRAKE Memorial Lecture on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at Encina Hall in the Bechtel Conference Center.

Dyson’s lecture, sponsored by African & African American Studies, is titled “The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Race & Gender in the Post-Obama Presidency.”

After his lecture, Dyson will participate in a discussion with H. SAMY ALIM, director of African & African American Studies; ANGE-MARIE HANCOCK, associate professor of political science and gender studies at University of Southern California; and JAMES BRAXTON PETERSON, director of Africana studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh University.

Both the lecture and discussion are free and open to the public.

Dyson, whose most recent book is The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University. His 2006 book, Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster, received the American Book Award.

The St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecture is named for the late St. Clair Drake, professor of sociology and anthropology and the founding director of the Program in African & African American Studies at Stanford. Drake, who died in 1990, documented the social turmoil of the 1960s and pioneered the establishment of black studies programs nationwide. He was the author of Black Metropolis and Black Folk Here and There.

Founded in 2003, the lecture series aims to evoke the ethos of St. Clair Drake within the academic community. Previous speakers including Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, Charles Ogletree and Valerie Jarrett.

Read more on the webpages of the Program in African and African American Studies.