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Thu, Mar 27, 2014 2:19 PM EDT

The season of can't-miss livestreamed conversations continues. Georgetown University's Michael Eric Dyson will host a conversation with the rapper Nas on Thursday night at 8:30pm EST.

Dyson, who edited the 2010 anthology "Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic,said the following in university-issued press release: "Nas is one of the greatest lyrical geniuses the art form has produced," Dyson says. "He has remained relevant by making music that speaks to the issues he deems important, which happen to reflect, at times, what's happening in the culture - Is hip-hop dead? What is the role of icons in black culture? What is the significance of a black president?"