Hip Hop Symposium

The symposium is hosted by Bakari Kitwana, author and cultural critic, and Rochester alumnus. The event includes an interview with DJ kool Herc, the Jamaican-born music pioneer of the 1970s widely known as the father of hip-hop. He will also give a DJ demonstration and answer audience questions. The symposium will include a panel discussion and town hall meeting with the members of Rap Sessions. Panel members include Mark Anthony Neal, associate professor of African-American studies at Duke University; Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, director of the Program in African-American and Diaspora Studies and a professor at Vanderbilt University, and the author of the book Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women; Martha Diaz, president of the Hip-Hop Association; filmaker Byron Hurt; and Glenn Toby, a prominent sports and entertainment industry talent agent.

The event is free and open to the public.