The Future of Hip Hop Studies – Hamline University Oct 20, 2011

The Future of Hip Hop Studies

6PM October 20, 2011
East Hall 106, Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN


… Sponsored by the School of Education and
the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching

Priya Parmar

Priya an Assistant Professor at CUNY Brooklyn is a leading scholar in hip-hop pedagogy and author of two books including Lyrically Minded and Knowledge Reigns Supreme: The Critical Pedagogy of Hip-Hop Artist KRS-ONE. Her scholarly interests include critical, multiple literacies, multicultural education, youth culture.

Daniel Hodge

Daniel, a hip-hop scholar, focuses on race relations, film, cultural trends, and spirituality. He received his Ph.D. from Fuller Graduate School. His most recent book is The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs and a Cultural Theology. A former music producer, Daniel helped mix Bone Thugs & Harmony’s first album E 1999 Eternal.

Hasan Stephens

Hasan Stephens, AKA DJ Maestro, born and raised in the Boogie Down BX, currently teaches hip-hop studies at Hillbrook Youth Detention Facility and SUNY Cortland. He has shared stages with such classic Hip hop groups such as Boogie Monsters, Bushbabees, Supernatural, Big Daddy Kane, and Mos Def. In 1999, Maestro landed a spot at Viacom’s MTV Networks.

Don C. Sawyer III

Don was born and raised in Harlem, NYC. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology in Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and teaches hip-hop in the Sociology Department at Syracuse University. He earned a M.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Education from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Psychology from Hartwick College. He is active in his local community finding alternative ways to educate youth of color and increase their access to higher education.

Toki Wright

Toki is the Program Coordinator for the first hip-hop diploma in the U.S. at McNally Smith College of Music. Toki is a Twin Cities based emcee, poet, and community organizer. He is the newest artist on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Wright has been featured on recordings by Atmosphere, C-Rayz Walz. P.O.S., and more. His performance credits include Scribble Jam, SXSW, Coachella, Bumbershoot, Sons d’Hiver, and Prairie Home Companion.

Martha Diaz

Martha is the founder and director of the Hip-Hop Education Center at New York University’s Metropolitan Center. As a community organizer, educator, media producer, archivist, and social entrepreneur, Diaz has been dedicated to innovating communities, advancing social justice, cultivating leaders and artists, and mentoring youth for nearly 20 years. She is co-Editor of the Hip-Hop Education Guidebook, Vol. I and an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Gallatin School.