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ASU Hosts National Hip-Hop Conference

Original Publish Date: 
April 17, 2015

Special to the Metro

ALBANY, GA. –  Students, faculty, staff and the Albany State University community celebrate hip-hop music and culture at the“Circling the Elements Hip Hop Conference,” April 16 through April 19.

The four-day conference includes panel discussions, live performances, essay presentations and a photography exhibit.

This year’s conference features author Joan Morgan; ASU assistant professor of English, Kimberly Harper, music photographer Carolyn Grady; Duke University professor of African & African American Studies, Mark Anthony Neal; and ASU English student, Lila Willis. 

“The conference’s name ‘Circling the Elements’ coincides with our desire to consistently discuss and evaluate the basic elements of hip-hop,” said ASU assistant professor of English and conference founder, AndrĂ© Johnson, Ph.D. “By circling these elements, we create a space to honor hip-hop past, and we create conversations that investigate the present and future importance of hip-hop culture.”

The conference kicked off Thursday, April 16 with the “Fifth Pillar Hip Hop Game Show,” in the ASU Student Center Ballroom. The hip-hop conference is packed with guest speakers, open discussions, forums and a free style battle. Both old and new hip-hop fans can choose from a variety of sessions ranging from topics such as “Microphone Check: Hip Hop in focus,” to “Yeezus: A Modern Analysis of the New Negro.” The event “raps up” on Sunday, with the “Elements Showcase Performances” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the ASU Student Center Ballroom.

“Our goal and mission are to create a space for consistent conversations about the importance of Hip Hop culture and ethos— for students and the larger Southwest Georgia region to investigate and digest,” Johnson said.

The event is free and open to the public. Visit http://circlingtheelements.wix.com/hip-hop-conference#!schedule/c1s2r to see a complete schedule of events.