Cornell University Hosts Hip Hop Conference and Celebration

Celebrating Hip Hop History, October 31 - November 1, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008
Cornell Cinema, 7:00 p.m.

Wild Style introduced by Charlie Ahearn.
1983. USA. Directed by Charlie Ahearn. 1 hr 25 min.

Friday, October 31, 2008
Bailey Hall, Cornell University

3:00 p.m. Hip Hop Histories

Welcoming Remarks

Reverend Kenneth I. Clarke, Sr., Director, Cornell United Religious Work
Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian
Johan Kugelberg, author and curator, editor of Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop.
Sean Eversley Bradwell, Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, Ithaca College.

Jeff Chang, hip hop historian and award-winning author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: a History of the Hip-Hop Generation and editor of the anthology Total Chaos: The Art & Aesthetics of Hip-Hop.

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. A Conversation with Hip Hop's Pioneers

Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Roxanne Shante, Popmaster Fabel, Tony Tone, Pebblee Poo, Disco Wiz. Also: Images of the Bronx: Hip Hop Photographs by Joe Conzo.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Break

Dinner option for conference attendees

Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC) Marketplace Eatery
Three amateur DJs from Cornell University and the region showcase their styles! $10 Admission includes dinner at award-winning buffet including The Mongolian Grille, Ancho's Latino Cuisine, and more.

7:30 p.m. Bailey Hall Reopens for Seating

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Music by Hip Hop Pioneers and Legends

Take a trip back in time with a good old-fashion block party with DJs Tony Tone and GrandWizzard Theodore with your host Grandmaster Caz. Special guests: D.J. J.Rocc, with surprise appearances by many more!

Saturday, November 1
Alice Statler Auditorium, Cornell University

9:15 - 11:00 a.m. What Happens When Hip Hop is Archived?:
Keeping the Study of Hip Hop Real and Relevant

Travis L. Gosa, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, Williams College (moderator)
Johan Kugelberg, collector and author, Born in the Bronx
Gabriel Mckee, archivist, Cornell hip hop collection
Vernon C. Mitchell, Jr. Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Cornell University
Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, Assistant Professor of English, SUNY Binghamton

11:00 - 12:30 p.m. Teaching Hip Hop: A Lecture and Discussion

Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of Black Popular Culture, Duke University, “Teach the Bourgeois and Rock the Boulevard: Hip-Hop and the Academy.”
Moderator: Danielle Heard, PhD Candidate, Department of English, Cornell University

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Break

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Hip Hop Futures: A Lecture and Discussion

Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University. “The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It Matters.”
Moderator: Margaret Washington, Professor of History, Cornell University

On their way back to New York City, the pioneers will make a stop at Ithaca's Southside Community Center for a dedication ceremony of The Unity Studio between 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm. The Unity Studio is a digital recording and music production lab, run as an after-school and summer program for youth. Conference attendees are welcome.