VUU and VSU Hosts Hip Hop Studies Panel On May 2nd



VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY INVITES THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND THE “MY PHILOSOPHY” VIRTUAL HIP HOP SYMPOSIUM CO-HOSTED WITH VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY ON MONDAY, MAY 2ND AT 4 PM EST.


Virginia Union University (VUU) today announced its collaboration with Virginia State University (VSU) to host the virtual symposium My Philosophy: The Rise of Hip Hop Studies in the Academy. VUU welcomes students, community members, and Hip Hop lovers everywhere to join them for an afternoon of exploration, critical thinking, and celebration of hip hop culture.


The half-day free and open to the public event includes live discussions and presentations by hip hop scholars, artists, and educators on current and critical topics – including youth education through the study of hip hop in communities and classrooms, innovations and challenges of archiving hip hop histories, and the momentum of hip hop studies in higher education settings. The program features renowned archivist, curator, educator, and VUU visiting scholar Martha Diaz, VUU Professor of Hip Hop Maco Faniel, and Dr. Jemayne King, Director of the Institute of Hip Hop & Cultural Studies at VSU. More than a dozen colleges and universities including but not limited to Loyola, Columbia College, and Harvard will also be participating in this inaugural event.


The symposium serves as a joint launch of the universities’ emerging hip-hop studies initiatives. #HipHopatVUU exists to further VUU students’ and the Richmond community’s understanding of African American people’s meaning-making experiences through the sonic, visual, and material culture of hip hop. The Institute of Hip Hop and Cultural Studies at VSU exists to advance Hip Hop arts and cultural knowledge as an extension of Black and African American artistic cultural traditions, encouraging students to become critical participants in dialogue and action that addresses the political, social, and economic impacts of systemic oppression.


Ricky Parker, Founder of #HipHopatVUU and Special Projects Director for the Center for African American History and Culture (CAAHC) at VUU said, “I think it is amazing that VUU and VSU are partnering on ways to further the discussion of Hip Hop in the classroom.” Dr. Kawachi A. Clemons, Vice Provost of Academics, Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives at VSU, said that the historic event “provides our students an opportunity to explore and engage with the field’s premiere scholars in an intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogue of Hip Hop studies and pedagogy.”


Invited panelists include 9th Wonder, MC Sha-Rock, Dr. A.D. Carson, Christopher "Play" Martin, Justin Hunte, and Aysha Upchurch to name a few.


Register to attend the symposium on Monday, May 2nd at 4 PM EST.


Written by: Jay Guevara. @justinhisprime on all social media.


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