Dr. Michael Hill
Dr. Michael Hill
In observance of Black History Month, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) invites faculty, staff, students and community members to a presentation on campus Thursday, Feb. 16, by Dr. Michael Hill, associate professor of English and African American Studies at University of Iowa.
The event will be held from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the Wilder Business Center Auditorium at the Calmar campus.
Dr. Hill's presentation, “Fake Love: Martin Luther King, Jr., on the Eve of a Donald Trump Presidency,” will focus on sincerity, disagreement and democracy in 2017.
Hill teaches about black literature and black popular culture at University of Iowa. With recent courses on “Adolescents in African American Novels” and “The Art and Politics of Rap Music,” he builds upon a nearly decade-long record of introducing UI students to the complex relationship between blackness and democracy. His research publications focus on Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and other post-World War II African American authors. His book, The Ethics of Swagger: Prizewinning African American Novels, 1977-1993, came out in 2013. Along with his wife Lena, he has co-authored Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: A Reference Guide (2008) and co-edited Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa During the Long Civil Rights Era (2016). Currently, he is working on Weathervanes of Democracy: Adolescence in African American Fiction, 1937-2015.
In addition to his teaching and research, he volunteers as president of the African American Council, faculty advisor to the NAACP and the Black Student Union, Co-Chair of the Faculty Assembly Diversity Committee, and Co-Chair of the Charter Diversity Committee. In addition, he was a 2015-2016 fellow in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program and a 2016 recipient of the University of Iowa Diversity Catalyst Award. He attends Bethel AME Church where he teaches adult Sunday School and serves on the steward board.
For more information about the Feb. 16 presentation, contact Hillary Vamstad, NICC admissions representative at the Calmar campus and chair of the Diversity Council, at vamstadh@nicc.edu.