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Social Critic and Media Commentator Talks Race and Politics at Georgian Court

Author, Scholar Marc Lamont Hill Delivers Perspective on Diversity, Hip-Hop Culture and More

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 1, 2010—Social justice activist and media commentator Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., has never shied away from speaking his mind on tough issues like health care reform, racial profiling, the war on terror, and other topics that typically ignite spirited debate.

The trained anthropologist of education and regular contributor on the cable television talk show circuit will share his perspective on “Race, Politics and American Life,” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, in Georgian Court University’s historic Casino on the Lakewood campus. Dr. Hill’s talk is part of the GCU Values in Action series of presentations, films, lectures, and discussions reflecting the university’s core values.

Dr. Hill’s discussion is one of several events planned during Black History Month at GCU.

  • On Tuesday, February 2, students will participate in the dining event, “Food for the Soul,” and watch a screening of Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.
  • On Tuesday, February 16, members of the Black Student Union and the Student Government Association will host “Are We Living the Dream?” a 2:00 p.m. panel discussion featuring several prominent black women as they discuss the status of Africans, Americans, and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • On Tuesday, February 23, performers from KeyArts Productions will present “King’s Dream,” a live entertainment and multimedia tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. This event is open to the public.

Dr. Hill, who has weighed in on shows like The O’Reilly Factor, Huckabee, and Hannity on FOX News, is often described as a leading intellectual who is equally comfortable on Faculty Row or Fraternity Row, and as one who moves with ease between Main Street and street culture.

In recent weeks alone, Dr. Hill has weighed in publicly on a range of headlines, including the effectiveness of the Obama administration, racially charged comments made by U.S. Senator Harry Reid, and the December 25th terror plot in Detroit.

His work, which also focuses on education, sexuality, religion, social uplift, and storytelling through hip-hop, has been published in journals, magazines, books, and anthologies. His commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Essence, and on NPR, and he is the author of Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity.

On the social justice front, Dr. Hill is a founding board member of My5th, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating youth about their political responsibilities and constitutional rights. He is passionate about increasing school engagement and reading skills among high school students, and is active in efforts to combat crime and gang violence in Philadelphia—his hometown—and in Camden, New Jersey.

Dr. Hill is an associate professor of education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. He also holds an affiliated faculty appointment in African American studies at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.

While admission is free for current GCU students with ID, tickets for the general public are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732. 987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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