The Hip­-Hop Education Center and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

in collaboration with The Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College – Columbia University and The Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, Steinhardt New York University



November 9 ­-10, 2013

Location: The Schomburg Center 515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037­18

Pop­Up Exhibit : The Black History 101 Mobile Museum | Cornell University Hip­Hop Collection | Shaolin Jazz Project

Day 1

9:00 am ­ Registration/Breakfast

9:30 am – Welcoming Remarks: Martha Diaz (Founding Director, HHEC – New York, NY), Deirdre Hollman (Director of Education and the Juniors Scholars Program, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), and Dr. Daniel Banks (HHEC Advisor / Founder & Director of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative ­ New York, NY)

10:00 am ­10:15 am ­ Opening Keynote ­ “Hip­Hop DevelopmentTM: From Expression 2 Pedagogical Commodity” ­ Dr. P. Thandi Hicks Harper (Founder and President, Youth Popular Culture Institute, Inc. – Clinton, MD)

10:15 am ­ 10:45 am – Panel: Opening The Cipher ­ Framing The Conversations ­ Martha Diaz (moderator), Dr. Raymond Codrington (Director, HHEC – New York, NY),

Sam Seidel (Hip­Hop Scholar­in­Residence, Teachers College Columbia University ­ New York, NY), Casey Wong (Think Tank Manager & Development Associate, HHEC / Founding Director, MIC Empowerment Program – Stanford, CA), Moira Pirsch (Think Tank Logistics Coordinator, HHEC – Harvard, MA), and Moises Lopez (International Research Committee Manager, HHEC ­ New York, NY)

10:50 am ­12:00 pm – BREAKOUT SESSION

I. Committee Presentation/Workshop: The “Def” Committee ­ Defining the Field (Shaping the Language) ­ Brad Cunningham (High School English Teacher ­ Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), Dr. Sameena Eidoo (Educational Consultant ­ Toronto, Canada) (via Skype), Dr. Himanee Gupta­Carlsen (Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator, Historical Studies, SUNY Empire State College ­ Saratoga, NY), Rob Jackson (Blue Black of the Unspoken Heard / Teaching Artist – Washington, D.C.), Dr. Don C. Sawyer III (Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Quinnipiac University – Hamden, CT), and Dr. David Stovall (Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago – Chicago, IL)

Committee Presentation/Workshop: Teaching Certificate Committee ­ Focusing on Infrastructure for the Development of the Teaching Certificate ­ Carla Becker (Faculty, Columbia University ­ New York, NY), Jen Johnson (Founder, Hip­Hop Debate / PhD Candidate, Columbia University Teacher’s College – New York, NY), Sean McPherson (Summer Workshops Coordinator / Assistant Coordinator, Hip­Hop Studies ­ McNally Smith College of Music ­ St Paul, MN), and Sam Seidel (Hip­Hop Scholar­in­Residence, Teachers College Columbia University ­ New York, NY)

Marketing, Publicity, and Communications Committee ­ Working on a Marketing Strategy and Campaign ­ Rolando Brown (Advisory Board, HHEC ­ New York, NY), Dr. Elliot Gann (Founder, Today’s Future Sound ­ Oakland, CA), and Mandy Lau (Affiliate, Rock The School Bells ­ San Bruno, CA)

Film screening
● We Get Free: Episode 1 with Jacinda Bullie & Jaquanda Villegas (Co­Directors, Kuumba Lynx ­ Chicago, IL)

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm (Interlude) Dropping Science, Sparking a Social Movement

(Performance by Science Genius Winner) – Moderated by Bakari Kitwana (CEO, Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip­Hop – New York, NY), Dr. Christopher Emdin (Associate Professor, Columbia University / Director of Science Education, Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education – New York, NY), Timothy Jones (Hip­Hop Scholar­In­Residence, Teachers College ­ New York, NY) and Jabari Johnson (Winner, Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S ­ New York, NY)

1:30 pm – 2:10 pm – Hip­Hop Pedagogy Lightning Rounds

  1. Today’s Future Sound ­ Dr. Elliot Gann (Founder, Today’s Future Sound ­ Oakland, CA) ­ “Therapeutic and Educational Implications of Beat Making, Music Production and DJ’ing in School and Community Settings”
  2. Rock The School Bells: Class Is In Session ­ Nate Nevado (General Counselor, Skyline College / Coordinator, Rock The School Bells ­ San Bruno, CA) and Nathan Jones (Associate Professor of English & ASTEP, Skyline College ­ San Bruno, CA)
  3. Hip Hop Public Health Academy ­ Easy AD (Columbia University ­ New York, NY)
  4. “Digital Linoleum: Empowering Youth through Hip­Hop Digital Publishing” – Kareem Edouard (Stanford University ­ Stanford, CA)

2:15 pm ­ 3:15 pm Panel: Connecting Learning with Hip­Hop and Technology ● Dr. Ernest Morrell (Director, IUME – New York, NY) (moderator), Pat

Bransford (Founder, The National Urban Technology Center – New York, NY), Dr. Jeremy Dean (Education Czar, Rap Genius – New York, NY), Ebonie Smith
(Audio Engineer & Producer, Atlantic Records / Owner, Eudora House ­ New York, NY), and Dr. Joycelyn A. Wilson (Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations, Virginia Tech / Founder and Executive Director, Four Four Beat Project ­ Blacksburg, VA), and John Jennings (Associate Professor, Visual Studies Program, University of Buffalo SUNY ­ Buffalo, NY)

3:15 pm ­ 3:30 pm ­ Kevin Powell (Keynote) 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Reading Hip­Hop

  1. Jessica Care Moore (Executive Producer, Black WOMEN Rock! / Poet & Publisher ­ Detroit, MI) ­ Sunlight Through Bullet Holes (10­min)
  2. Khalid el­Hakim (Founder, Black History 101 Mobile Museum ­ Detroit, MI) and Derrick Jenkins ­ The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip Hop Memorabilia (10­min)
  3. Adam Mansbach (Author ­ Berkeley, CA) ­ Rage Is Back: A Novel (10­min)

4. Dr. David Kirkland (Associate Professor, University of Michigan ­ Ann Arbor, MI) ­ A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men (10­min)
5. Albert “Prodigy” Johnson (Author / Emcee, Mobb Deep ­ New York, NY) and

Laura Checkoway (Journalist & Author / Documentary Filmmaker ­ New York, NY)

­ My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy (10­min)
6. Dr. Emery Petchauer (Assistant Professor of Urban Education, Oakland University –

Rochester Hills, MI) ­ Schooling Hip­hop: Expanding Hip­hop Based Education

Across the Curriculum (10­min)
7. Dr. Daudi Abe (Professor, Seattle Central Community College ­ Seattle, WA) ­ 6 ‘N

The Morning: West Coast Hip­Hop Music 1987­1992 & the Transformation of

Mainstream Culture ­ (10­min)
8. Dr. Halifu Osumare (Professor & Director, African American & African Studies /

Co­Director, Institute of Dunham Technique Certification ­ University of California, Davis ­ Davis, California) ­ The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip­Hop (10­min)

9. Gabriel Tolliver (Creative Mothership, Kiwi Brooklyn Media Group ­ New York, NY) and Tania Cuevas­Martinez (Filmmaker, Consultant & Producer ­ New York, NY) ­ Made You Look: 10 Years of the Hip­Hop Odyssey ­ “Cinematic MC’s: Spitting Images…?” (10­min)

10. Scape Martinez (Artist & Author / Artist in Residence, Mural Music & Arts Project ­ San Jose, CA) ­ Graff Color Master: Freestyle Color Techniques for Graffiti Art

11. Dr. Bettina Love (Assistant Professor, University of Georgia – Athens, GA) ­ Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak (10­min)

12. kahlil Almustafa (Poet & Author / Teaching Artist ­ New York, NY) ­ Move The Class ­ “The Test: The NYS Regents as the New Jim Crow” (10­min)

13. Edwin “Phade” Secasa (Author/Visual Artist/Entrepreneur ­ New York, NY) ­ Shirt Kings: Pioneers of Hip­Hop Fashion

14. Maco L. Faniel (Author, Emerging Scholar, Speaker / Doctoral Student in History, Rutgers University ­ Houston, TX) ­ Hip­Hop in Houston: The Origin and The Legacy (10­min)

5:55pm – 6:00pm Closing Remarks

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Book Signing | The SHAOLIN JAZZ Project ­ Color of Sound in celebration of Hip­Hop Art, Media, Literature, and Culture ­ Gerald Watson and DJ 2­Tone Jones | Reception

7:30 pm ­ Doors Open for Public

8:15 pm ­ 10 pm
Performance: FM Supreme
Film Screening: Can Hip­Hop Go To School? by Christopher
“Play” Martin (Director & Producer / Speaker & Educator – Tallahassee, FL) | Q&A

Day 2

9:00 am ­ Registration/Breakfast
9:30 am – Welcoming Remarks: Martha Diaz and Dr. Daniel Banks

10:00 am ­10:15 am ­ Opening Keynote ­ Jeff Chang (Executive Director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts / Committee on Black Performing Arts ­ Stanford University – Berkeley, CA) (To be introduced by Casey Wong)

10:15 am ­ 11:15 am – Panel: How Are Institutions of Higher Education Contributing and Shaping the Field of Hip­Hop Education?

Dr. Travis Gosa (Assistant Professor, Cornell University / Advisory Board of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection – Ithaca, NY) (Moderator), Dr. Don C. Sawyer III (Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Quinnipiac University – Hamden, CT), Dr. Halifu Osumare (Professor & Director, African American & African Studies / Co­Director, Institute of Dunham Technique Certification ­ University of California, Davis ­ Davis, California), JahJah Shakur (Chair, Hip­Hop Education Week / Africana Institute, Essex Community College ­ Newark, NJ), Peter Kahn (Founder, Spoken Word Education Program, Concordia University ­ Chicago / Goldsmiths ­ University of London ­ Chicago, IL)


1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Hush Tours Presentation Debra Harris and Grandmaster Caz (Hush Tours, New York, NY)

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Committee Presentation/Workshop: The “Def” Committee Committee Presentation/Workshop: Teaching Certificate Committee

Marketing, Publicity, and Communications Committee 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

Brief Interlude with Jasiri X (Hip­Hop Artist / Activist ­ Pittsburgh, PA)

Screening ­ Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity and Intro/Q &A
session: Shakti Butler (Founder & Creative Director, World Trust Educational Services – Oakland, CA), Michael Benitez (Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Chief Diversity Officer, University of Puget Sound ­ Tacoma, WA), Amer Ahmed (Associate Director of Multi­Ethnic Student Affairs and Trotter Multicultural Center, University of Michigan ­ Ann Arbor ­ Ann Arbor, MI)

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Hip­Hop Pedagogy Lightning Round
1. Kyla Griffin (Assistant Principal, Victor Valley Union High School District – Victorville, CA)
2. Hip­Hop Education and The Common Core Standards ­ Gabriel “Asheru” Benn (Co­Founder, Educational Lyrics, LLC – Washington, D.C.)
3. Rap, Rhythm & Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation ­ Erik Cork (President, International Write Now!, Inc. ­ Missouri City, Texas)
4. The Living Remix/World Up! ­ Aaron “Spazecraft” Lazansky­Olivia, New York, NY 5. “Bocafloja & The Quilomboarte Collective: Notes on Counter Hegemonic Cultural Production” ­ Bocafloja (Founder, QuilomboArte / Emcee ­ New York, NY)
6. Ben Herson (Founder, Nomadic Wax ­ New York, NY) (10­min)

4:00 pm ­ 4:45 pm International Survey Panel ­ Moises Lopez (International Committee Manager, HHEC – New York, NY) (moderator), Aruna Vermeulen (Co­Founder &
Director, HipHopHuis / B­girl ­ Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Carlos Davalos (Co­Founder and Current Host of Scratchamama / Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Universidad Iberoamericana ­ Mexico City, Mexico), Jarrett Martineau (Canada), Fou Malade (Senegal), Marcio Santos (Secretariat State of São Paulo, São Paulo Government / Special Advisor for the Hip Hop Project ­ São Paulo, Brazil)

4:45 pm ­ 5:00 pm BREAK

5:00 pm ­ 5:30 pm ­ Marley Marl Classic Recipes ­ Presentation with DJ Marley Marl, Rich Boyd (Lawyer), and John Carluccio (Series Creator & Director, Marley Marl Classic Recipes / Head of Development and Production, Dubspot Music school ­ New York, NY)

5:30 pm ­ 5:45 pm ­ Grandmixter DXT (Keynote) Tribute ­ 40 Years Hip­Hop

5:45 pm ­ 6:45 pm ­ Hip­Hop Academy: From the Streets to the Classroom Panel Introduced by Brother Jon Yasin (Bergen County Community College, Paramus, New Jersey)
Dr. James Peterson, (Founder, Hip­Hop Scholars, Inc. & Director of Africana Studies, Lehigh University ­ Bethlehem, PA) (Moderator), Mutulu “M­1” Olugbala (Distinguished Visitor, Haverford College / Emcee, Dead Prez ­ Haverford, PA), Toni Blackman (Artist, Emcee & Poet, U.S. State Department Hip­Hop Cultural Envoy ­ New York, NY), Carlos Mare (Sculptor & Painter / Cultural Ambassador for Urban Arts, U.S. State Department ­ New York, NY), Yolanda “Yo Yo” Whitaker (Founder & Executive Director, Yo Yo’s School of Hip Hop Arts and Academic Music Program / Emcee ­ Los Angeles, CA), and Bryonn Bain (Artist & Activist / Visiting Associate Professor & Artist in Residence, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University ­ New York, NY)

6:45 pm ­ 7:00 pm Closing Remarks | The End

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