Office of Multicultural Affairs
NEWS Release

University News Service
     P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Telephone (336) 334-5371
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(Posted 2-22-01)
News Service Contact: Natasha Ashe, 336-334-5371


GREENSBORO Best-selling author, ordained Baptist minister and college professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will be one of the featured keynote speakers during the 3rd Annual Shades of Color Conference, "Bridging the Gap: Promoting an Appreciation of Diversity", at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Saturday, March 17.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Dr. Peggy McIntosh
This conference will be held in the Elliott University Center (EUC) from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sessions are open to the public and pre-registration is preferred by March 9. The cost of the conference, which includes lunch, is $8 for UNCG students and $12 for all others. Fees are non-refundable. Late registration and on-site registration is $15. Registration information is available by contacting the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 334-5090 or visiting their web site at

The Shades of Color Conference is designed to provide information and encourage dialogue about diversity issues. The conference is intended to help the university and surrounding communities gain a better understanding of diversity issues and enhance cross-cultural communication.    Dyson's address will begin at 3:30 p.m., following a morning address at 9:15 by Dr. Peggy McIntosh, a nationally recognized expert on race and gender relations and associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. Both addresses will be in Cone Ballroom of the EUC.
Other speakers during the conference include Dyson's wife, Marcia Dyson, a freelance writer with work featured in "Essence", "Jet" and "Emerge" magazines and local 102 Jamz radio personality "Busta" Brown. Faculty and students from UNCG and other universities will also present and facilitate workshops.

Dyson, the current Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University, is a religious and cultural studies scholar and professor. He has made appearances on Nightline, Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, C-Span and Oprah. He is the author of several books including "Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line", one of USA Today's Best Bet list and "Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X", which the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer named a Notable Book in 1994. Dyson's latest book, "I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.", peels away the superficial image of King the man to reveal a complex human being whose work was far from finished or totally understood.

McIntosh, founder and co-director of the National S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), consults widely throughout the U.S. and the world with college and school faculty who are creating gender-fair and multicultural curriculum. In 1988, she published the groundbreaking "White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women's Studies." McIntosh has taught at the Brearley School, Harvard University, Trinity College in Washington, D.C., the University of Durham and the University of Durham in England.

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