Howard University Graduate School
Hip Hop & Higher Education Symposium  | March 30, 2006
(Co-sponsored by Howard University Graduate School & Moorland Spingarn)

10:00 am 10:15 am Opening Remarks

  • Dean Orlando Taylor , Howard University Graduate School
  • Dr. Thomas Battle, Director of Moorland Spingarn Research Center
  • Dennis Rogers, Howard University Ph.D. Student, Graduate Student Council President
  • Joshua Kondwani Wright, Howard University Ph.D. Student, Chair of symposium

10:15 am 11:30 am --It's Akademik: Views on Hip-Hop's Role in Higher Education

  • April Silver, Howard University Alumni
  • Dr. Velma LaPoint, Howard University , Education Dept.
    Black Youth and Hip-Hop (course Title)
  • Dr. Greg Carr, Howard University , African-American Studies
  • Dr. Anita Nahal, Howard University, Women's Studies
  • Dr. James Peterson, Penn State University Abington, English
    Critical Approaches to Hip Hop Culture (course title)
  • Dr. Jared Ball, University of Maryland
    FreeMix Radio: Mixtape Radio

    Moderator: Mazi Mutafa, Words, Beats and Life Inc, Executive Director

11:30 am 12:00 pm Break

12:00 pm 1:00 pm ---Keynote Address: Why Hip-Hop Matters At Howard University?

  • Bakari Kitwana , Author and Lecturer
    The Hip Hop Generation ; Why White Kids Love Hip Hop

1:00 pm 2:00 pm ---Bakari Kitwana Book Signing/Lunch 

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm ---Hustle and Flow: The Economic and Political Impact of Hip Hop

  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus, President and CEO
  • Matthew J. Middleton, Esq., Howard University Alumni
    The Middleton Law Group, PC
  • Andrew J. Ryan, University of the District of Columbia
    Editor, Journal of Hip-Hop ; Executive Director, Hip-Hop Matters; Politics, Policy and Hip Hop (Course Title)
  • Dawn-Elissa Fischer, University of Florida, (Ph.D. student in Anthropology)
    Executive Director of Edutainment 4 Life, Youth and Education Coordinator of the Hip Hop Archive
    An Introduction to Theories and Methods in Hiphop Cultural Studies (Course Title)
  • Hip Hop Artist TBA
  • Ras Baraka, Howard University Alumni (Tentative)

    Moderator Timothy Jones, Howard University Alumni
    Project Coordinator for Cramton Auditorium
    Crushed I.C.E (Individualized Creative Expression), Founder

3:30 pm 4:00 pm Break

4:00 pm 5:15 pm ---A Town Hall Meeting: Tip Drill : Sex and Gender Roles in Hip Hop Music and Videos

  • Dr. Carla Stokes, University of Michigan , Health Behavior and Health Education
    Founder, Helping Our Teen Girls in Real Life Situations, INC. (HOTGIRLS)
    Representations of Black Women in Hip Hop (Course Title)
  • Rev. Tony Lee, Ebenezer AME Church in Maryland
  • Lisa Fager, Industry Ears , President
  • Melyssa Ford, BET VJ, BET Style
  • X, HSI Productions, Music Video Director
  • Lil Mo , Hip Hop Artist

    Moderator - TBA

5:15 pm 5:30 pm ---Closing Remarks

  • Joshua Kondwani Wright, Howard University Ph.D. Student, Coordinator of symposium
  • Dennis Rogers, President of Howard University Graduate Student Council

6:00 pm 8:00 pm ---I Declare War: Emcee Battle

9:00 pm 3:00 am ---Official After Parties at Local clubs, Sponsored by Mad Power Unit, LLC