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Michael Eric Dyson, Nationally Known Critic & Bestselling Author, to Speak at Simmons College, April 23

BOSTON (April 21, 2011) — One of the nation's most influential and renowned public intellectuals, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will be a special guest speaker at the Haymarket People's Fund 35th Anniversary Celebration, "In Arm's Reach: 35 Years of Social Justice Philanthropy in New England." The event will be held Saturday, April 23, at Simmons College.

The event, which will take place from 6-10 p.m. in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway in Boston, is open to the public. Tickets cost $130 and can be purchased online at or at the door.

According to The Philadelphia Weekly, Dr. Dyson, "is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time." Dr. Dyson is a scholar, and cultural critic, and the author of numerous books on black culture and racism, including I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. and Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. An American Book Award recipient, and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, Dr. Dyson was named one of Ebony magazine's 150 most powerful African Americans and has appeared on many major media outlets including, The Today Show, Nightline, and The Colbert Report.

The anniversary also event will honor Linda Berkel, vice president of Boston Trust & Investment Management Company and Walden Asset Management; Ron Chisom, executive director and co-founder of The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond; and George Pillsbury, founder and director of Nonprofit VOTE, all for their commitment to social justice and the nonprofit sector. There will be a book signing for Dr. Dyson's Debating Race, a silent auction, and artwork available for sale.

Haymarket People's Fund is an anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. Through grant making, fundraising, and capacity building, this organization supports other grassroots organizations that address the root causes of injustice. Haymarket also strives to increase sustainable community philanthropy throughout the region.

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change co-sponsors programs, activities, and resources that help initiate social change for women, raise women's issues to the state and national political level, and reach out to diverse audiences. For more information on Institute events, contact Director Diane Hammer at 617-521-2480.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.