FEBRUARY 24 | 7:30-9:00 pm 1100 Grainger Hall
The Challenges and Successes in a Lifetime of Programming Hip Hop Culture and Arts,
Ebro Darden

Darden is the Vice President for Programming of the internationally recognized brand, WQHT FM HOT 97, NYC’s most popular hip hop station.

| 7:30-9:00 pm
Union South
Hip Hop in the Heartland Panel:
The Future of Hip Hop Education and Pedagogy - What Does the Future Look Like?
Featuring Toni Blackman, Michael Cirelli, and Baba Israel, moderated by Gloria Ladson-Billings

Blackman is US State Dept. Musical Ambassador for Hip Hop; Israel is a spoken word and hip hop teaching artist; and Cirelli is Executive Director of Urban Word, NYC.

| 7:30-9:00 pm 1100 Grainger Hall
A Black Feminist History of Hip Hop, Brittney Cooper
Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutger’s University . Her work focuses extensively in the area of Black women's intellectual history, Black feminist thought, and race and gender politics in hip hop and popular culture.

7:30-9:00 pm 1100 Grainger Hall
A Tribute to Saul Landau: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Social Justice and Activism in the Film and Music Industries,
Greg Landau

Landau has produced six Grammy nominated CD's and over 50 CDs, numerous film sound tracks and videos.

APRIL 7 | 7:30-9:00 pm 2080 Grainger Hall
The Art and Craft of Creating Hits in Mainstream American Media,
Jack Knight

Knight is a hit urban songwriter and producer whose credits include hit songs by Diddy, Faith Evans, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Monifah, Lil’ Kim among many others.

| 7:30-9:00 pm 1100 Grainger Hall
The globalization of hip hop and the connection between old school political movements and contemporary global arts movements, Charlotte O’Neal aka Mama C
Charlotte O’Neal aka Mama C
is a visual and spoken word artist, co-Director of United African Alliance Community Center UAACC based in Tanzania, East Africa and a former member of the Black Panthers.

| 6:00 pm, Promenade Hall, Overture Center

First Wave Touring Ensemble and Line Breaks Showcase
, Chris Walker

Chris Walker is the Artistic Director of OMAI/First Wave. First Wave is a cutting-edge Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community composed of undergraduate performing artists.

| 7:30-9:00 pm 1100 Grainger Hall
The Intersection of Funk, Soul and Hip Hop in the Life of an Award-Winning Actor,
Colman Domingo 

Domingo is a Tony Award, Drama Desk, and Drama League nominated and OBIE, Lucille Lortel, GLAAD Award winning actor.   

| 5:30-7:30 pm 
2080 Grainger Hall
The State of Hip Hop Studies in Higher Education in the US and Across the Globe, Samy Alim
Alim is an Associate Professor in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies at Stanford University.

MAY 12  |
7:30-9:00 pm 1100 Grainger Hall
Pedagogical Flows, student performance from Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings C&I 357 Seminar