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BLM, BHM, DEI, CRT: Alphabets Against American Amnesia

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Michael Eric Dyson, one of the nation’s most renowned professors, gifted writers, inspiring preachers, knowledgeable lecturers and riveting media personalities, will present for The Tanner Lecture Series on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility.

Given the polarization surrounding conversations about race in America, Dyson will explore how do we adequately respond to the crises and catastrophes occasioned by white backlash, resurgent white supremacy, and resilient white nationalism? Historical and contemporary forms of Black struggle offer instructive resistance to these socially malignant forces and position the contemporary debate about race in relation to preceding epochs of racial malaise and racist terror.

Dyson is also a writer of more than 20 books, including New York Times best sellers, "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America," and "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America," that was called by the New York Times, "one of the most frank and searing discussions on race.” His latest book, "Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America," was heralded as Amazon’s Bestselling Book for 2020. 


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MAX-Campbell Public Affairs Institute


Jackie Nocevski


Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART)


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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.