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Symposium Brings Hip Hop Culture, Scholarship to NC Campuses

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An upcoming event in Raleigh hosted in part by William Peace University aims to bring hip-hop arts culture to North Carolina's college students.

The Hip Hop Higher Ed Symposium includes breakout sessions led by local and national scholars, artists and emcees. Executive Director of Aspire2Higher Personal and Professional Development Consulting, Stephanie Reed is the symposium's creator.

She explained that, while most people might be familiar with hip hop as a music genre, it's more recently been analyzed from an academic and cultural standpoint.

"Looking at some of the anthropological components of the culture itself," said Reed, "and really studying how the culture has impacted and informs the lives of many different types of people."

Hosted by radio DJ Miriam Tolbert of Carolina Waves, the symposium will delve into hip hop's role as a vehicle for education, its relationship to racial justice, and it's impact on different communities.

Tickets can be reserved online.

Reed encouraged those who aren't consumers of hip hop to join the community event.

"People - even if they aren't necessarily true, hip hop fans - should come for the educational component and the community organizing and community engagement piece," said Reed. "And I think they'll find value in just discussing and fellowshipping with other North Carolinians."

Across the nation, more educators are using hip hop culture in the classroom to help students explore society, race, geography, politics, and other topics.




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