Noted Black Culture Expert to be Featured Speaker

Release Date:
January 5, 2011
Matt Heidt,

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Acclaimed black popular culture expert Mark Anthony Neal, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker at an address commemorating the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. that will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 27 in Hilbert College’s Palisano Lecture Room (101 Bogel Hall).

Neal’s discussion will bridge the gap of knowledge between the civil rights movement and the hip-hop generation, and also address King’s historical significance with current events.
Neal is professor of black popular culture in Duke University’s Department of African and African-American Studies from where he received the 2010 Robert B. Cox Award for Teaching. A regular commentator on National Public Radio, he writes about popular culture and parenting in his column for, hosts the weekly Webcast “Left of Black” and contributes to several online media outlets, including New Black Magazine.
Neal has authored five books, including the New Black Man and the forthcoming Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities. He’s also co-editor of That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd Edition.
A book signing will follow Neal’s address, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
RSVPs by Jan. 21 are requested by e-mailing Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, director of multicultural affairs, at or call 926-8835.
The event is being co-sponsored by the Hilbert Offices of Multicultural Affairs, Admissions and Residence Life.


Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.