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Hip-Hop Study Days at Nazareth College, Oct. 24-25

  • Published: October 17, 2013

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Hip-Hop Study Days at Nazareth College, Oct. 24-25

How does hip-hop bring different communities and genders together? The Nazareth College Women and Gender Studies program is exploring these thoughts during its Urban Spaces: Hip-Hop Identities in a Transnational Context conference on October 24 and 25. Members of the regional scholars and artists, Nazareth College students, and Rochester City School students are coming together to explore underrepresented communities around the world and how hip-hop is a common cultural symbol among them. The conference begins on Thursday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Shults Center gym. Some workshops require a reservation; please contact Anne Marie LaFave at to reserve a seat. For general information about the conference, please contact Dr. Rachel Bailey Jones at Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

Thursday events are as follows:
10:30am-12:00pm: Dance Workshop:
Hip-Hop with Nicole Kaplan
Location: Shults Center Gymnasium
Reservation appreciated, please contact Anne Marie LaFave:
1:00-2:00pm: Dance Workshop:
Jamaican Dance Hall/Reggae & Hip-Hop with Guy Thorne
Location: Shults Center Gymnasium
Reservation appreciated, please contact Anne Marie LaFave:
5:00-7:00pm: Roundtable discussion organized by Nazareth students
Femininities and Masculinities in Hip-Hop
Discussion Leaders: Rowan Collins, Shateela Hill, and Matthew Maloney
Location: Golisano Academic Building, GAC-325 
7:00-10:00pm: Film Screening: 
Diamonds in the Rough: a Uganda Hip-Hop Revolution by Brett Mazurek
Location: Golisano Academic Building, GAC-38

Friday events are as follows:
1:00-2:15pm: Panel Presentations:
Poetics & Politics of Hip-Hop: Part 1-Transnational Contexts 
Featuring Dr. Skye Paine, Rowan Collins, and Austin Richey
This panel presentation provides insight on Sarko and Booba, a right-wing rap in France, Franco-American Connections and the forming identities in hip-hop, and information on the Chimurenga Renaissance.
Location: The French House
2:30-3:30pm: Panel Presentations:
Poetics & Politics of Hip-Hop: Part 2-The American Stage 
Featuring Christopher Mauro, Kristin Rapp, and Shanterra Randall
This panel presentation will discuss empowering women in U.S. hip-hop, the impact of hip-hop and slam poetry on American youth, and slam poetry in New York State.
Location: The French House
3:30pm-4:00pm: Pastry Reception
4:00-5:30pm: Roundtable Discussion:
Poetics & Politics of Hip-Hop: Part 3-The Rochester Stage. 
Facilitated by Dr. Brian Bailey and Kristin Rapp
Roundtable Featuring: Shanterra Chalice, Gabrielle Lewis, Keighley Page Farrell, and Angel “Golden" Hagan.
Location: The French House
6:00-7:30pm: Keynote Address by Dr. Tanya Saunders
The Hip-Hop Feminist International
Dr. Tanya L. Saunders is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Ohio State University. She is interested in the ways in the way social change occurs using arts as a tool amongst African Diaspora gender and sexual minorities. 
Location: Forum
7:30-8:00pm: Reception
Location: Forum
8:00-10pm: Slam Poetry & Musical Performance
Featuring female hip-hop artists and slam poets from Nazareth College and the Rochester Community
Location: Forum
Co-sponsors for this event are The Institute for Pluralism and the Faculty Film and Lecture committee.


Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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