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September 8, 2011

CWE Offers Hip-Hop Book Lecture Series

Jared Ball 

Dr. Jared Ball, assistant professor of communications studies, Morgan State University, kicks off the Reading Hip-Hop Lecture Series Friday, September 9, at The City College of New York Center for Worker Education.


A new lecture series from The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education will provide a forum for discussion with authors who chart what people know and understand about hip-hop. “Reading Hip Hop: Off the Records, In the Books,” which runs September 9 through December 2, will address hip-hop fiction, the business of hip-hop, music sampling, fashion, marketing, music politics and culture.  

“Hip-hop continues to make an indelible mark in all areas of art and entertainment,” said Warren Orange, adjunct lecturer for the Reading Hip-Hop course and co-founder of the lecture series, which is a pre-cursor to the Center’s annual spring “Is Hip-Hop History?” conference. “In line with its often forgotten element, knowledge, the number of books about the subject is also increasing.  The six authors are a testament to why hip-hop continues to capture so many imaginations.”

The series is structured as a four-credit undergraduate course and public lecture forum.  “The Reading Hip-Hop Lecture Series provides a unique experience to our students by bringing hip-hop scholars and experts to our campus,” said Dean Juan Carlos Mercado. “Each lecture will address a different component of hip-hop history.”  

The series begins Friday, September 9, with Dr. Jared A. Ball, assistant professor of communication studies, Morgan State University and host of “FreeMix Radio.”  Dr. Ball, who was a speaker at last year’s conference, will discuss his book “I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto.” The book presents a unique perspective on the potential of the pre-corporate mix tape to circumvent systemic limitations in mass media, and lift the hip-hop nation.

Other lecturers include:
•    Former “Source” magazine journalist Dan Charnas;
•    Valerie Joyner, television writer for hit television shows including “In Living Color,” “The Wayans Bros.” and “The Jamie Foxx” Show;
•    Joseph G. Schloss, visiting scholar and adjunct assistant professor of music, New York University;
•    Erin Patton, founder of The Mastermind Group (TMG), a brand management and strategic marketing consulting firm, who has worked with such powerhouse athletes as Michael Jordan, LeBron James and the Williams Sisters., and
•    Elena Romero, a former editor of “DNR/WWD,” now communications coordinator and adjunct lecturer in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies.  

The lecture series, which is free and open to the public, is held in the Center for Worker Education auditorium, Seventh Floor, 25 Broadway, and begin at 6 p.m.  The series is sponsored in part by the CWE Alumni Affiliate Group, the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education and Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education.  For more information on the series, visit http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/cwe.

Reading Hip-Hop Lectures Schedule

September 9: Dr. Jared A. Ball, assistant professor of communication studies, Morgan State University, “I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto.”

September 23: Dan Charnas, journalist, screenwriter, record producer and teacher, “The Big Payback.”

October 21: Valerie Joyner, television writer and author, “Hollyhood.”

November 4: Joseph G. Schloss, visiting scholar and adjunct assistant professor of Music, New York University, “Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop.”

November 18: Erin Patton, adjunct lecturer, Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, “Under the Influence: Tracing the Hip-Hop Generation's Impact on Brands, Sports, & Pop Culture.”

December 2: Elena Romero, adjunct lecturer, CCNY Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, “Free Stylin’: How Hip-Hop Changed the Fashion Industry.”