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November 16, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Community Arts Auditorium | Map
450 Reuther Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff


Race in America
with special guest MICHAEL ERIC DYSON
Best-selling author, political analyst, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University

The Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) will host "Race in America" from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, in Community Arts Auditorium. The event will be the fall 2017 finale in a FOCIS 10th Anniversary Celebration lecture series entitled "What in the world is going on?"

The evening's program will include a keynote presentation by special guest Dr. Dyson, followed by an audience question and answer session. A reception and book signing will follow the program in the atrium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

About the Speaker

Michael Eric Dyson, an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, is one of the nation’s most influential public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine, and The Philadelphia Weekly says he “is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time.” He is the author of a number of influential books; among them, April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America, was hailed by The Washington Post as “an excellent sociological primer on institutionalized racism in America.” Dyson, who has taught at many of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, is University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.

FOCIS is pleased to present this program with promotional partner(s):

  • Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute 
For more information about this event, please contact Pamela William at 313-577-5550 or