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Rethinking Black Identity

Michael Eric Dyson

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Format: Lecture followed by Q&A

Length: 86 minutes

Michael Eric Dyson is the Avalon Professor in the Humanities, and a professor of religious studies and Africana studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. Using examples from Hollywood film and popular music, Dyson posits three stages of African American self identity, which he refers to as "stereotype, archetype, and antitype." He draws upon his thesis to explain contemporary manifestations of identity in black culture, most particularly in the areas of religion and popular entertainment.

Dyson is introduced by Diane Scott-Jones, a professor in Boston College’s psychology department.

Presenter(s): Michael Eric Dyson

Date: January 31, 2005

Location: Devlin 101, Boston College

Sponsor(s): Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/dyson/

The information on this page is accurate as of January 2005