The Institute for Diversity in the Arts and The Hip-Hop Education Center


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

Think Tank IV: It’s Yours! Sustaining and Reimagining Our Movement 


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.

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.

Day 1

8:00 AM-9:00 AM

Registration + Continental Breakfast

GSB Common

9:00 AM

Welcome by Jeff Chang

Introduction by H. Samy Alim

GSB Common

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Emile YX: Hip-Hop Itself As Pedagogy

GSB Common

11:45 AM-1:00 PM


GSB Common

1:15 PM-2:30 PM

Workshop Session

  • Workshop One: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Indigenous Hip-Hop Pedagogy (Tanaya Winder, Frank Waln, Mic Jordan, Tall Paul, and Dr. Timothy San Pedro) – BARNUM HUB
  • Workshop Two: Kuumba Lynx: Using Hip Hop as a Tool to Reimagine and Demonstrate a more Just World (Jaquanda Villegas, Leida “Lady Sol” Garcia-Mukwacha, and Jacinda Bullie) – GSB Common
  • Workshop Three: Exploring the Healing and Therapeutic Potential of Hip-Hop in Education (Dr. Itoco Garcia-Davenport and Dr. Elliot Gann) – CERAS 101
  • Workshop Four: Inside a Rap Psychological Experiment: Methodological Considerations for Investigating Cognition in Hip-Hop Practice (Keith Cross) – BARNUM 116

2:45 PM-2:50 PM

Performance: Isaiah “Randy McPhly” Phillips

GSB Common

2:50 PM-4:00 PM

Presentation of AEP Research and Findings

Dr. H. Samy Alim, Casey Wong, Reagan Ross, Adorie Howard, Measha Ferguson

Featuring Andy Robinson and Tefferi Mogus

GSB Common

4:10 PM-4:15 PM

Performance: Alysia Demery

GSB Common

4:15 PM-5:45 PM

Hip-Hop Feminism Panel

Featuring Joan Morgan, Kaila Storey, Brittney Cooper and Treva Lindsey

GSB Common

5:45 PM-6:00 PM

Closing and Thank You

Day 2 

Think Tank IV: It’s Yours! Sustaining and Reimagining Our Movement

November 9th

Think Tank IV: It’s Yours! Sustaining and Reimagining Our Movement

Co-Presented with the Hip-Hop Education Center

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast

All events in The GSB Common

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Welcome: Casey Wong

9:05 AM – 9:10 AM

Performances: Omar Gaytan and Josue Hernandez

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Keynote Address: Martha Diaz

9:35 AM – 9:40 AM

Introduction To The Conversations: Michelle Lee

9:40 AM – 10:40 AM

Catalyzing Conversation: Gabriel “Asheru” Benn

Facilitated Discussion – Hip-Hop in the Classroom

How have Hip-Hop Pedagogies been integrating into schools and educational spaces in our communities?

10:40 AM – 11:40 AM

Catalyzing Conversation by Dr. Adia Winfrey

Facilitated Discussion – Healing, Liberation and Hip-Hop Pedagogies

How have Hip-Hop Pedagogies been healing and furthering liberation in your community?

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

The Hip-Hop Education Center Platform

Presented by Martha Diaz, Melina Jones and Allegra Gilfenbaum

12:15 PM -12:25 PM

Presentation: Rahman Jamaal

How are teaching artists practicing Hip-Hop pedagogies in the community?

12:30 PM – 1 PM

Second-Day Closing: Martha Diaz and Sam Seidel

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM


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