The Is Hip Hop History? Conference will take place February 19-20, 2010, at the City College of New York, Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
Their website states:
The conference was created to facilitate dialogue between hip hop pioneers, legends, tastemakers, fans, college students, and scholars. The conference will initiate an ambitious project to create a platform for the ongoing research and study of hip hop and popular culture at the Center for Worker Education (CWE).
In 2010, the conference inaugurates a hip hop educational program that includes a class entitled History, Culture and Politics of Hip Hop. In this course, 30 students will participate in a 15-week long exploration of, “Nothing less, my man, than the marriage of heaven and hell, of New World African ingenuity and that trick of the devil known as global hyper-capitalism.” (Greg Tate)
During the scheduled two-days, conference participants can select from panel discussions about the commercialization of hip hop, the changing role of hip hop media, the goals and contours of hip hop activism.
The conference will also help fund several scholarships for outstanding students conducting research on hip hop and popular culture. The Is Hip Hop History? Conference is part of CWEs annual celebration of Black History Month.
The conference will be held in the CWE auditorium, located at 25 Broadway, 7th floor, in Lower Manhattan. Admission fees are $5 per day for students with a valid college I.D., $15 for one day or $25 for two days for the general public. The conference is sponsored in part by Brooklyn College, Pelle Pelle, Belton Tax & Financial Service and the Student Government of CWE (SGCWE). For additional information about the conference, including biographies of the speakers, visit http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/ishiphophistory or http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/cwe.
Friday, February 19
Conference Registration 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Music by Luis “DJ Disco Wiz” Cedeno, special performance by Lifted and keynote address by legendary veejay Ralph McDaniels (Hot 97)
Saturday, February 20
Conference Registration 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University
Panels: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Hip-Hop Media: From Paper to Blogs (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
Michaela Angela Davis, creative consultant, speaker, writer (moderator); Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AllHipHop.com; Datwon Thomas, COO/EIC, GlobalGrind.com, and Sonya Magett, blogger, tyra.com.
Is Hip-Hop History? (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
Carlito Rodriguez, writer and TV producer (moderator); DJ Red Alert “Bio” Feliciano, co-founder, Tats cru; Rokafella, co-founder, Full Circle Productions, and Lando Felix, founder of The Blind Spot and co-founder/former vice president, production and design, for Enyce and Mecca USA.
From My Life to the Paper: Writing the Hip-Hop Experience (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Jay Smooth, host of WBAI’s “The Underground Railroad,” New York City’s longest-running hip-hop radio show, and proprietor of hiphopmusic.com and illdoctrine.com (moderator); Adam Mansbach, author and 2009-2010 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University; Raquel Cepeda, award-winning editor, multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker; Dr. James Braxton Peterson, Assistant Professor of English at Bucknell University, and Dr. Joseph G. Schloss, author and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College.
United We Stand (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Hon. George Martinez, founder/chairman of the Global Block Association, board member emeritus, Hip-Hop Association and political science adjunct at Pace University (moderator); Jeffrey Kazembe-Batts and Luis “Plot” Sosa, co-chairpersons in the Universal Hip-Hop Parade for Social Justice Organization; Rosa Clemente, community organizer, activist, radio journalist (WBAI) and 2008 Green Party candidate for Vice President; Mariaelena Jorge, CCNY alumna and entrepreneur; Andre T. Mitchell, founder and chief executive officer of several organizations and initiatives including Man Up! Inc, Hip-Hop SUV (Stand Up & Vote) and F.I.P.A. (Formerly Incarcerated People Association), and Mike “Hollywood” Christie, founder and president of Talent Driven Network.