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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Social Critic & Intellectual

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and political contributor to Fox News Channel.…

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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and political contributor to Fox News Channel. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Hill is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University.

Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.

In 2011, Ebony Magazine named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

Dr. Hill is the author of three books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; and The Barbershop Notebooks: Reflections on Culture, Politics, and Education . He has also published three edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education; and The Anthropology of Education Reader. He is currently completing two manuscripts: 10 Right Wing Myths About Education; and Written By Himself: Race, Masculinity, and the Politics of Literacy.

Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education.

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  • The War on Youth
    In the last 50 years, America’s youth have been increasingly marginalized in society. Dr. 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 Dr. 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.

 

Selected Past Lectures/Speech Topics Include:

    Politics in America
    The State of the Hip-Hop Nation
    Promoting Diversity in Education and Corporate America
    The Mass Incarceration Crisis
    The New Black Church
    Educating Black Youth
    Towards a New Masculinity
    Race, Racism, and Professional Sports

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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill - Building Bridges 2013

NCORE 2014 Opening Keynote - Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

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