Minneapolis—March 7, 2011—Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an esteemed scholar and one of the nation’s most inspiring and influential public intellectuals, will be the plenary speaker at Walden University’s academic residency on Saturday, March 26, at the Hilton Atlanta.

Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Dyson is an author, scholar and cultural critic whose voice bridges generations and gives light to national conversations about such issues as race, religion, gender, hip-hop and sexual politics. Once a welfare father, factory worker and church pastor, he is now an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner. Dr. Dyson has also been named one of the 100 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine.

Dr. Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and best-selling author of 16 books, including Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster; Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? and Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson.

An accredited online university, Walden’s academic residencies support students’ academic and professional goals by connecting them with individual faculty mentors, student support staff and hundreds of peers. During academic residencies, students from select doctoral and master’s degree programs have the opportunity to conceptualize and develop research that contributes to positive social change.

Walden’s plenary sessions are an integral part of the residencies and are led by speakers from around the world who share an array of experiences and viewpoints, with the hope of inspiring debate and lively conversation. These sessions are intended to provide Walden students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to hear perspectives on a variety of topics that are meaningful and relevant to their lives as scholars and practitioners.

About Walden University
For 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 50 online and campus-based universities in 24 countries.

Walden offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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