National political media contributor, author to headline this semester’s Power of Diversity lecture series

Marc Lamont HillMarc Lamont Hill, a noted political analyst for national media, author, professor and social-justice activist since his early years in Philadelphia, will be the next featured speaker in the Power of Diversity lecture series at Case Western Reserve University.

Free and open to the public, Hill’s lecture is Monday, Feb. 29, at 4:30 p.m., in Tinkham Veale University Center, ballroom A.

Hill, who holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, is Distinguished Professor of African-American Studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta. His research focuses on the intersections of culture, politics and education.

He hosts HuffPost Live and BET News, and formerly hosted a nationally syndicated television show, Our World With Black Enterprise. He appears regularly on CNN and formerly was with Fox News. In 2011, Ebony Magazine named him one of America’s 100 most influential black leaders.

Among Hill’s books is Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity.

Hill is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities, and works with the ACLU Drug Reform Project. He has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and for the release of political prisoners.

Case Western Reserve’s Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity sponsors the lecture series to inspire campus dialogue, community engagement, civic education and learning about the national significance of diversity and inclusion. The annual series is presented in the fall and spring semesters.

This semester’s faculty speakers will be:

  • Lisa Nielson, the Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow Lecturer, who will present “Concubines, Courtesans, Poets and Slaves: Music and Politics in the Medieval Islamic Courts” Tuesday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom
  • Melvin L. Smith, associate professor of organizational behavior and faculty director of executive education at the Weatherhead School of Management, will present “Managing Diverse Relationships via Emotional Intelligence” Thursday, April 7, at 3 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom

All Power of Diversity events are free and open to the public.

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