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Hip-Hop Symposium Celebrates Innovation and Community

April 1, 2015

"Hip-Hop's Rarest Elements: Music, Culture and Rhetoric" hails the musical genre's innovative spirit with rap performances, research presentations, talks, dance and film at a one-day symposium Friday, April 10. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Titan Student Union's Portola Pavilion and focuses on developing students' critical literacy and competency, while encouraging their participation in activities that connect degree, career and community.

Highlights include a discussion panel with Scott Samels, CEO of Richland Records; a performance by Yung Stooey; and a round table discussion and Q&A on the performance of gender, ethnicity and race in hip-hop.

Elaine Richardson, professor of literacy studies at Ohio State University and author of "Ph.D. to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life," will deliver the 1:30 p.m. keynote address, "Hip-Hop Language and Rhetoric."

Registration is encouraged. A full schedule is available online; more information is available by contacting Natalie Graham, assistant professor of African American studies.

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