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Posted on March 18, 2015

Anika Tillery, Rakim and Dead Prez.Cal U’s 10th annual Hip-hop Conference explores “The Role of Hip-hop and Social/Political Activism” with these events:

“Exploring the Legacies of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act Through the Lens of hip-hop — 50 Years Later”
6 p.m. March 26
Morgan Hall auditorium

Keynote panel members are: [LINKS go to speakers bio page, provided]

  • Rakim, a hip-hop pioneer votes “greatest MC of all time” by Source magazine
  • Dead Prez, socio-politcal hip-hop icons
  • Anika Tillery, foster care supervisor from Brooklyn, N.Y.

“From the Front Lines of Ferguson, Mo. – The Death of Michael Brown and the Response of Black Communities, Black Athletes and Hip-hop”
1 p.m. March 27
Carter Hall Multipurpose Room

Panel members are:

  • Dr. Stefan Bradley, protester and director of African American Studies at St. Louis University
  • Dr. Vernon Mitchell, a St. Louis native and a visiting scholar at Princeton University
  • Alicia Sange, protester and student at St. Louis University

Moderator for this panel is Dr. Timothy Konhaus, assistant professor at Penn Highlands Community College. 

Students from Propel Schools, in Pittsburgh, will attend this panel after touring the campus and meeting with members of Cal U student organizations, University administrators and interim President Geraldine M. Jones.

“A Tale of Three Cities: Hip-hop, Music and Culture”
2:30 p.m. March 27
Carter Hall Multipurpose Room

Panel members are:

  • Dr. Treva Lindsey, assistant professor of Women’s Studies, Ohio State University
  • Rev. Earle Fisher, doctoral student, Rhodes College
  • Dr. David Canton, professor of history, Connecticut College 

Moderator for this panel is Cal U student Shylynn Prentice.

Hip-hop Day of Service
9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28
Kingsley Center
6435 Frankstown Ave., East Liberty, Pa.

Cal U’s Hip-Hop Conference Planning Committee gives a presentation on “Historic Youth Activism” at the Carter G. Woodson Academy, a Saturday Academy designed to enrich the educational pursuits of young people ages 6-18.  

The academy’s 11-week program offers courses in arts, history and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Join us

All Hip-hop Conference events at California University of Pennsylvania are free and open to the public. 

Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

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