The 5th Element: The Future and Promise of Hip Hop Pedagogy

A Global Symposium and Think Tank featuring Emile YX, Joan Morgan, H. Samy Alim, and Hip Hop educators from around the world

November 8th and 9th

Stanford University

Free Admission and Registration


Presented by the IDA Arts and Education Project

The Arts and Education Project (“AEP”) of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University began in 2014 for the purpose of documenting, analyzing, and disseminating best practices regarding the use of hip hop in education. The project also focuses on the impacts and “halo” effects of these pedagogies on current and former diverse low-income high school students in the East Palo Alto community.

The 5th Element Global Symposium on Hip Hop Pedagogy is the culminating event of IDA’s Arts and Education Project. IDA’s project partners are the Mural Music and Arts Project and the East Palo Alto Academy. It has been generously funded by the Surdna Foundation.

This convening is designed for hip hop educators, community arts advocates, teaching artists, and those interested in the liberatory possibilities of hip hop pedagogies. It will feature:

  • A keynote by South African hip hop pioneer and educator Emile YX (Heal the Hood Project/Black Noise)
  • A panel featuring H. Samy Alim, Casey Wong, the Mural Music and Arts Project, and East Palo Alto Academy High School
  • A panel on hip hop feminist pedagogies featuring Joan Morgan

Workshop sessions led by leading hip hop educators will also allow participants to share experiences and learnings and make critical connections.

More Info about the Think Tank:

On November 9th, participants will get the opportunity to connect and build with hip hop educators, scholars, and community-based organizations as a part of the Hip Hop Education Think Tank IV, “It’s Yours! Sustaining and Reimagining Our Movement.” It has been generously funded by the Surdna Foundation.

The fourth edition of the Hip Hop Education Think Tank is presented by the Hip Hop Education Center in collaboration with Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. Previous partners include, New York University’s Metropolitan Center on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, Columbia’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education, and the NY Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.