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Hip Hop Education Summit - Jeff Chang, Chris Emdin, First Wave, Brian Mooney, Toni Blackman - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 10:00am</span>

Hip Hop Education Summit

10/22/2016 - 10:00am

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This four and a half hour event will feature some of the most important figures in the burgeoning field of hip hop pedagogy including Chris Emdin and Brian Mooney (Teachers College, Columbia University), Toni Blackman (Carnegie Hall), Jeff Chang (Stanford University) and K-12 classroom teachers that will showcase the power and potential of using hip hop methodologies in the classroom and beyond. All of those involved have participated in OMAI’s highly successful Hip Hop in the Heartland Educator’s Institutes that take place annually in the spring and summer.  The event will be hosted by the Overture's new Director of Diversity, Ed Holmes and MMSD's Arts Director Laurie Fellenz.


Registration for this event is full - see waitlist information.

Jeff Chang

About Presenter Jeff Chang


Jeff Chang has been a hip-hop journalist for more than a decade and has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, Vibe, The Nation, URB, Rap Pages, Spin, and Mother Jones. He was a founding editor of Colorlines Magazine, senior editor at Russell Simmons’s 360hiphop.com, and cofounder of the influential hip-hip label SoleSides, now Quannum Projects. He lives in California.


We Gon’ Be Alright

Chris Emdin

About Presenter Chris Emdin


Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is also the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and currently serves as Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy and the STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry. He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/ professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector. Dr. Emdin provides regular commentary on Al Jazeera and the Huffington Post; where he writes the Emdin 5 series. He is the author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too, which is currently on the New York Times best sellers list.


For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood

First Wave

About Presenter First Wave


The First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the U.S and beyond, the First Wave Learning Community offers students the opportunity to live, study and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip-hop culture.


The inaugural First Wave cohort of fifteen students began their UW-Madison career in the Fall 2007 Semester and currently there are sixty spoken word and hip hop artists on full-tuition scholarship or that have graduated from the First Wave Program. 

Brian Mooney

About Presenter Brian Mooney


Brian Mooney is an educator, scholar, and author who explores the intersections of hip hop, spoken word, literacy, and urban education. He is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University and teaches high school in New Jersey. Brian’s work has been featured by The New York Times, NBC, Rolling Stone, NPR, SiriusXM, MTV, and others. He is the author of Breakbeat Pedagogy: Hip Hop and Spoken Word Beyond the Classroom Walls. 


Breakbeat Pedagogy

Toni Blackman

About Presenter Toni Blackman


Writer and performer Toni Blackman is the first Hip Hop artist invited to work as a Cultural Ambassador with the US Department of State. Toni is creator of Freestyle Union and Rhyme like a Girl and was a 2012 DOVE Real Woman Honoree. She is currently a teaching artist at Carnegie Hall and recently performed for Lincoln Center.  This Echoing Green fellow was commissioned by the National Black Arts Festival for her Hip Hop theater piece “Wisdom of the Cypher”, featured in Forbes Magazine, on CENTRIC television and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show, CBS morning news, MTV, VH1 and on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Toni speaks, teaches workshops, coaches in performance and public speaking and releases her new book Wisdom of the Cypher along with her hip hop meditation album this fall.


Inner Course: A Plea For Real Love

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