The Hip-Hop Education Center in collaboration with The Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at New York University


Think Tank I: Rolling Deep, Moving Forward: Professionalizing Hip-Hop Education


Location: NYU Kimmel Center – 60 Washington Square South, 4th floor

9:00am – Registration/breakfast

9:45 am – Opening Remarks: Dr. Eddie Fergus (Deputy Director, Metropolitan Center), Martha Diaz (Founder, Hip-Hop Education Center), Dr. Marcella Runell Hall (Interim Director, Center for Multicultural Education and Programs)

10:00-10: 15 am – Framing The Conversation/ Issues of the Education Field Facilitators: Dr. Raymond Codrington (The Aspen Institute) and Kanene Holder (Hip-Hop Education Center)

10:15-11:00 am – Session I

  • Demystifying Hip-Hop Culture- Hip-Hop Industry- Hip-Hop Education? Abran Maldonado (P.E.A.C.E. and Hip-Hop Education Center) (10- min)
  • What is Hip-Hop Education VS Hip-Hop Pedagogy? (10-min) Dr. Daniel Banks (Hip-Hop Theater Initiative and DNA Works) 11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Session II
    Presentation: HIP-HOP HISTORY & LEGACY (Rich Artifacts and Documentation)

• (Advocacy, Literacy, and Legacy) A.L.L. for Arts (Carlos ”Mare139” Rodriguez, Henry Chalfant and Alan Ket)

12-1 pm lunch – Panel Discussion – The Role of Media to Educate Both in the Classroom and the Community (40-min) Dr. James Peterson (Director, African Studies – Lehigh University), Zuhirah Khaldun (Marketing Director, National Urban League and Director of Community Relations, H2ED Center), Dr. Murray Forman (Northeastern University), and Eli Jacob-Fantauzzi (Clenched Fist Productions)

1:15-2:15 pm – Session III – Presentation: THE SCHOOL OF HARDKNOCKS RISES TO THE TOP: The role of Administrators, Social and Cultural workers, artists, and funders in changing the education system

• High School of the Recording Arts a.k.a. Hip Hop High (David TC Ellis – Founder of HSRA, Isaac Ewell – Director, Black Alliance for Educational Options, Sam Seidel – Author, Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education)

2:15- 3:15 PM Session IV – Panel – Indigenous Sounds, Floor Moves, and the Fifth Element: Healing, Enlightening and Uplifting Communities – Steve Buddha (BluePrintForLife), Joseph G. Schloss (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, New York University, and Author of Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop), B-Girl Rokafella (Full Circle Productions), and Imani K. Johnson (Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU)

3:15 -4:15 PM Session V
Presentations: Shinning a Light on What’s Working Connecting In-and-out- of-School Time Learning: Hip-Hop’s After school/Enrichment programs engaging youth and raising the standards

  • Diana Mulligan – Rap Cool Health (10-min)
  • Michael Cirelli and Mikal Amin Lee – Urban Word NYC (10-min)
  • Dr. Christopher Emdin – Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop generation (10-min)
  • Tahir Hemphill – Word Count (10-min)
  • Mazi Mutafa – Word Beats and Life (10-min)
  • Dax-Devlon Ross – Sweat Equity (10-min)

4:20-5: 20 pm – Session VI – Town Hall: How do we professionalize Hip-Hop Education?

Moderated by Martha Diaz

Panelists: Dr. Edward Fergus (Metro Center, New York University), Willie Ney (OMAI, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Dr. Marcella Runell Hall (CMEP, New York University), and Londell McMillan (Attorney and Owner, Source Magazine)

5:20-5: 30 pm – Session VII – Wrapping Things Up: Next StepsFacilitated by Kanene and Raymond5:30-6: 30 PM – Closing Remarks – Networking Reception with Special Guest Performances/Speakers (hors d’oeuvre & beverages will be served)

7:30-9:00 PM – Screening of Arctic Hip-Hop: Social Work Through Hip-Hop

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