Hip Hop and the Fight for Educational Equality in America
|Starts:||17:00 25 Apr 2017|
|Ends:||18:30 25 Apr 2017|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr Travis Gosa|
Education in post-civil rights America continues to be defined by racial, social class, and gender inequality. Serious debates about failing schools have been obscured both by "post-racial" discourses, which ignore the crisis, and by discourses that blame youth culture and parents. In this lecture, Dr Travis Gosa explains how hip hop culture holds a key to understanding what is wrong with America's education system. Based on his forthcoming book The School of Hard Knocks: A Hip Hop Theory of Education (University of Illinois Press), Gosa's talk will retell the cultural and political history of hip hop as an educational discourse and praxis opposed to unequal schooling in the age of neoliberalism. Beyond classroom curriculum, this paper explores why hip hop education must address discipline policies, militarised classrooms, and the privatisation of K-12 schools which produce unequal opportunities to learn.
Dr Travis Gosa
Role: Assistant Professor
Organisation: Cornell University
Biography: Travis Gosa is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at Cornell University, where his research and teaching focus on hip hop culture, educational inequality and African American Youth. He is co-editor, with Erik Neilson, of The Hip Hop and Obama Reader, and has written on race, politics, and popular culture for the Washington Post, USA Today, The Root, and Chronicle of Higher Education.
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