In 2009, after expressing support for exiled political activist and former Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill was summarily fired from his regular gig as a Fox News Channel commentator.
Allegedly, News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch decided to axe the liberal talking head after being asked by shareholders why he employed someone with a history of "defending cop killers and racists." An associate professor at Columbia University Teacher's College, author of numerous books and committed activist for the rights of the poor and working people, Hill is now the host of his own television show, Our World with Black Enterprise, and has been described as one of the "leading hip-hop generation intellectuals." And not to worry, he can still occasionally be spotted duking it out with crazy conservatives on The O'Reilly Factor—he's just not on the regular payroll.
In this week's lecture at SSU, Hill speaks about the continuing growth of prisons even as the education system progressively falls into further disrepair. See Dr. Marc Lamont Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Sonoma State University Cooperage. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $10; free for SSU students. 707.664.2753.