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Marc Lamont Hill

Social Critic & Intellectual
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Biography

An activist, social critic, and one of the nation's most notable African American leaders, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is among a new generation of public intellectuals who move with equal ease between Faculty Row and Fraternity Row, "the street" and Main Street.

Adding a depth of understanding to the country's changing paradigms on diversity, hip-hop culture, youth, politics and national issues, Hill is known for his thoughtful perspectives on everything from sexuality to education to religion. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News in addition to being a respected commentator featured on NPR, in The Washington Post, Essence and The New York Times, as well as on Fox News and CNN where he is a regular contributor.

A social activist who is deeply involved within his community, Hill preaches a higher degree of involvement and economic self empowerment, raising the bar of African American leadership to a new level. As a scholar - he is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College and an award-winning newspaper columnist and blogger - Hill has shed light on an entirely new approach to teaching. He is author of the pioneering Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; his newest book is The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America.

Whether he's offering insights into controversial issues like the war on education or sensitive ones like race in a post-Obama America, Hill offers a fresh, informed, thought-provoking perspective that never fails to challenge and engage.

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Topics

The War on Youth

In the last 50 years, America's youth have been increasingly marginalized in society. Marc Lamont Hill says we've replaced a language of love, when talking about our youth, with one of blame. America has inflicted injunctions on gangs, legislation against baggy pants, and attacks on rap music, all leading to the propaganda that today's youth are worse than young generations before them. Hill wants to combat the misconceptions plaguing today's youth with an acknowledgement that, as integral to American society's fabric, they are rich with resources rather than social burdens.

Building Community in an Hour of Chaos: Progress in the Age of Obama

Professor, author, and cultural critic Marc Lamont Hill offers a critical analysis of the current social and political moment. By identifying key issues, challenges, controversies, and trends that have emerged or lingered during the "Obama era," Dr. Hill spotlights the work that must be done to sustain the progress of the Freedom Struggle. Moving beyond mere critique, he also provides concrete solutions, as well as sites of hope and possibility for healing our national, local, and university communities.

Why Black Fraternities & Sororities Still Matter

As we enter the 21st century, many people question the role, purpose, and function of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs). In this lecture, Marc Lamont Hill (a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.) argues that Black fraternities and sororities still play a critical role in the Black community. He takes on some of the key issues and challenges faced by BGLOs such as hazing, political engagement, and institution building. Rather than merely spotlighting problems, Dr. Hill also offers concrete solutions and shares his vision for building and sustaining strong 21st-century Black fraternities and sororities.

The Obama Formula for Survival: Corporate Diversity in Post-Obama America

Movement or Moment? Obama & the Future of Minority Candidates in Politics

Race, Politics & American Life

The War on Education

The Classroom & the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America

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