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2014 Hip Hop Conference
Start Date: 4/11/2014Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 4/11/2014End Time: 5:00 PM
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Event Description:
Politics and Imagery in Hip-hop Culture will be the theme of Cal U's ninth annual hip-hop conference, set for April 10-11.

Hip-hop artists Tyree Simmons (DJ Drama) and Krist Parker (KRS-One) will join Dr. Laurie Cannady, an associate professor of English at Lockhaven University, for the keynote panel, "Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Stop the Violence Movement; started by KRS-One in 1989.

The panelists will reflect on their personal experiences and how they have used hip-hop to raise awareness about key issues affecting the hip-hop generation, including violence and political empowerment.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Hip-hop Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 10
2 p.m. - Student poetry slam, Cal U students vs. Lock Haven students, Vulcan Theatre, located inside the Natali Student Center. The slam features a special performance by Eric “Writer” Jones.

4 p.m. - Keynote panel, “Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Stop the Violence Movement,” with hip-hop artists Tyree Simmons (DJ Drama) and Krist Parker (KRS-One) along with Dr. Laurie Cannady of Lockhaven University, in the Performance Center inside the Natali Student Center.

Simmons recently accepted a position in the A&R team at Atlantic Records, which is responsible for finding and signing new talent.

Parker has used albums such as By All Means Necessary, Criminal Minded and Edutainment to expand hip-hop’s thematic and musical boundaries. He speaks passionately about industry politics, respect and the linguistics of hip-hop.

Cannady, a U.S. Army veteran, has published scholarly articles and personal essays on poverty in America, community and domestic violence, women’s issues and gender and hip-hop. She has also spoken against sexual assault in the military at West Point. Her memoir, tentatively titled Have a Little Piece of Me, will be published in 2015 with Etruscan Press.

Friday, April 11
Noon - Talk, “President Obama’s Impact on Black America (Or Lack Thereof),” Duda Hall, Room 202. The speaker is Dr. James B Stewart, of Penn State University.

2 p.m. - Panel discussion, “Love and Hip-hop: Basketball Wives, Scandal and Deleterious Images of Black Women on Television," Carter Hall, Room G-06. Panelists are Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux, students from Cal U Women United and other invited guests.

4 p.m. - Panel discussion, "Macklemore, Swagger-jacking and the Pros and Cons of the Tanning of America," Carter Hall, Room G-06. Panelists are Justin Laing, Dr. Wil Boone, Dr. Dave Canton, and other invited guests.
Location Information:
Main Campus  (View Map)
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
black and white photo of DJ Drama

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