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    2011 Hip-Hop Conference at Cal U2011 Hip-Hop Conference at Cal U

    2011 Hip-hop Conference

    Exploring Meta-narratives, Violence, and Social Responsibility Throughout Hip-hop Culture

    Dr. Michael Eric Dyson portrait.

    Author Michael Eric Dyson, beat box originator Doug E. Fresh and socially and politically charged artists Dead Prez will headline the 6th annual hip-hop conference April 19-22 at California University of Pennsylvania.

    This year’s conference will explore “Meta-narratives, Violence and Social Responsibility” embedded in hip-hop culture.

    The keynote panel, appearing at 3 p.m. April 22 in the Performance Center, includes:

    • Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an American Book Award winner, TV commentator and Georgetown University professor who has been called “the ideal public intellectual of our time” and “a street fighter in a suit and tie.” In addition to books on Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, this dynamic speaker is the author seven books, including Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur and Know What I Mean? Reflections on Hip-hop.
    • Doug E. Fresh, the originator of the human beat box — vocally simulating the sound of drums and other musical instruments. A hip-hop performer, actor and host of “It's Showtime” at the famed Apollo Theater in New York, he also is an activist who has fought against racism, drugs, illiteracy, police brutality and homelessness in communities around the world.

    Hip-hop artists Dead Prez will be featured at a “Tribute to the 5 Elements of Hip-hop” from 4-7 p.m. April 21 at Jozarts Studio on Second Street, just blocks from the Cal U campus. University art students and DJ Source & the Sonik Professor also will perform.

    Additional conference sessions explore the language of hip-hop, West African connections to hip-hop culture, and the film Good Hair, which will be shown at 11 a.m. April 19 in Room 103, Duda Hall.

    All events are free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

    Schedule of Events

    Tuesday, April 19

    Film Good Hair
    11 a.m.
    Room 103, Duda Hall

    Watch a clip from the film Good Hair.

    Wednesday, April 20

    The Language of Hip-hop and the Influence of the Five Percent Nation
    6 p.m.
    Room 110, Eberly Science and Technology Center

    Thursday, April 21

    Brian Turman presents Western Afrikan Connections in Hip-hop
    11 a.m.
    Room 103, Duda Hall

    Roundtable on Good Hair, with moderator Aquene Zechneder
    2 p.m.
    Room 303, Duda Hall


    Tribute to the 5 Elements of Hip-hop, featuring Dead Prez
    4-7 p.m.
    Jozarts Studio, 333 Second St., California Borough

    Also featuring Cal U art students, DJ Source & The Sonik Professor

    Friday, April 22

    Credit, Class, Crime, Cosby & The Hip-hop Generation
    1 p.m.
    Multipurpose room, Carter Hall

    Preliminary panel:


    Keynote panel, featuring Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Doug E. Fresh
    3 p.m.
    Performance Center, Natali Student Center
    “Teach Me How to Dougie” contest Immediately following the panel

    Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

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    Speaker biographies

    Official website of Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

    Doug E. Fresh MTV page

    BossUp, Inc. by Dead Prez




    Doug E. Fresh discusses the origin of beat box.