millennial panel

Bakari Kitwana and Michael Eric Dyson 


The College of Wooster to Host “Millenials and the 2016 Election”

Wooster Forum event featuring Michael Eric Dyson to be held Sept. 15

12 September, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster will host a Wooster Forum event “Millenials and the 2016 Election,” featuring Michael Eric Dyson and moderated by Bakari Kitwana, on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.). A book signing will immediately follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Dyson and Kitwana will discuss some of the unique dynamics of the 2016 presidential election, including the following core issues that have dominated this elections season: immigration, women’s reproductive rights, police reform, race, terrorism, and class divisions. They will also consider the impact of the Donald Trump campaign, what it means for the nation to have a woman as a major presidential candidate (Hillary Clinton), the significance of third-party candidates, and the internal divisions within both the Republican and Democratic parties—all crucial components at the core of a historic election season.

The audience will be challenged to consider what is at stake for millennial voters this election year and why does civic engagement matter more than ever in an age of mass protests and at a time when the nation seems more polarized than ever?

Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, is a renowned scholar, ordained Baptist minister and public intellectual. His scholarship and cultural criticism focus on race, religion, popular culture, and contemporary issues in the African American community. He is the author of The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race (2016) and seventeen other books. Named by Ebony magazine as one of the hundred most influential Black Americans, Dyson holds a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University.

Kitwana was recently named a fellow and visiting scholar at the Institute for Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College. The author of four books, his 2002 book The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture, which focuses on young blacks born after the Civil Rights Movement, has been adopted as a course book in classrooms at over 100 colleges and universities.

This event is sponsored by the departments of philosophy, Africana Studies, history and political science as well as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of the Dean of Academic Engagement. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2067) or email.