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Discussion examines Dyson's book on Cosby, Dec. 6

University of Pennsylvania scholar Michael Eric Dyson and Princeton professor Eddie Glaude will discuss Dyson's book "Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The discussion is titled "Is Michael Eric Dyson Right? Or Have the New Black Public Intellectuals Lost Their Minds?" It will examine Dyson's criticism of comments made by Cosby in a 2004 speech, in which the comedian contended that social and economic ills among African Americans stem from their failure to take responsibility for their families and communities. Dyson argues in his book that Cosby's criticisms are an attack by the wealthy "Afristocracy" on the poor "Ghettocracy."

Dyson is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Penn and a graduate alumnus of Princeton. An ordained Baptist minister, radio commentator and author, he is known for his commentaries on American culture, particularly pertaining to African Americans. Dyson has written 11 books and numerous publications addressing cultural criticism, race theory, religious thought and philosophy.

Glaude is an associate professor of religion and acting director of the Program in African American Studies at Princeton. A graduate alumnus of Princeton, he is the author of "Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th-Century Black America" and "Is It Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism." He is co-editor, with Cornel West, of the forthcoming "African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology."

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in African American Studies.

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