Tag: 2009 Fall

Racial Inequality

Charles W. Mills
"Liberalism and Race"
Tuesday, September 8, 3:30pm, 206 Ingraham
"Racial Justice"
Wednesday, September 9, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies 

CHARLES W. MILLS is John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy. He works in the general area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. In recent years he has been focusing on race. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and four books. His first book, The Racial Contract (Cornell University, 1997), won a Myers Outstanding Book Award for the study of bigotry and human rights in North America. It has been adopted widely in courses across the United States (more than 100 campuses so far), not just in philosophy, but also political science, sociology, anthropology, African-American, and race relations. His second book, Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (Cornell University, 1998), was a finalist for the award for the most important North American work in social philosophy of that year. His most recent book, Contract and Domination  (Polity Press, 2007), is co-authored with Carole Pateman, who wrote The Sexual Contract (Stanford University Press, 1988), and it seeks to bring the two “contracts” together. He is currently working on a collection of his Caribbean essays, Radical Theory, Caribbean Reality: Race, Class, and Social Domination. Before joining Northwestern, Charles Mills taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a UIC Distinguished Professor.

Getting Real: The Future of Hip Hop Scholarship

Jeff Chang & Marc Anthony Neal
"Getting Real: The Future of Hip Hop Scholarship"
Monday, September 14, 7pm, 1100 Grainger

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. He is engaged in interdisciplinary scholarly work in the fields of African-American, Cultural, and Gender Studies that draws upon modes of inquiry informed by the fields of literary theory, urban sociology, social history, postmodern philosophy, Queer theory and most notably popular culture. His broad project is to interrogate popular culture--music, television, film, and literature--produced within the context of Afro-diasporic expressive cultures. Neal is the author of four books, What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003) and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005). Neal is also the co-editor (with Murray Forman) of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (2004). A frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s News and Notes with Farai Chideya Neal also contributes to several on-line media outlets, including NewsOne.com. Neal’s blog “Critical Noir” appears at Vibe Magazine.

Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. He is a 2008 USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the 2008 North Star News Prize. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. He was a founding editor of ColorLines magazine, and a Senior Editor/Director at Russell Simmons’ 360hiphop.com. He has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Vibe, The Nation, and Mother Jones, among others. In 1993, he co-founded and ran the influential hip-hop indie label, SoleSides, now Quannum Projects, helping launch the careers of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker. He has helped produce over a dozen records, including the “godfathers of gangsta rap”, the Watts Prophets. After being politicized by the anti-apartheid and anti-racist movements at the University of California at Berkeley, Jeff worked as a community, labor and student organizer, and as a lobbyist for the students of the California State University system. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cal and a master’s degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles and has published scholarly articles on culture and race relations in Hawai’i and Los Angeles. He has lectured at dozens of colleges, universities, festivals, and institutions in the U.S. and around the world. He was an organizer of the inaugural National Hip-Hop Political Convention and has served as a board member for several organizations working for change through youth and community organizing, media justice, culture, the arts, and hip-hop activism.

Being Digital, Being Hip Hop

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S. Craig Watkins
"The Hip Hop Lifestyle: Exploring the Perils and Possibilities of Black Youth's Media Environment"
Monday, September 21, 12 noon, 7200 Law School (Lubar Commons)
"To Be Young, Black and Digital: Hip Hop's Future in the Digital Age"
Monday, September 21, 7pm, 1100 Grainger

S. CRAIG WATKINS teaches in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been writing about youth and media for more than ten years.  His works cuts across varied terrain: media studies, sociology, race and ethnicity,  and most recently digital media. As a part of the MacArthur Foundation's initiative on youth, learning, and digital media, Watkins joined a team of researchers, thought leaders, and technology visionaries to explore in detail young people's engagement with digital technologies.  His most recent book, The Young and the Digital:What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future (Beacon 2009), is based on several years of research including surveys and in-depth interviews with young technology users.  His previous books include Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement (Beacon Press 2005), and Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema (The University of Chicago Press 1998). Currently, Watkins is launching a new digital media research initiative that focuses on the use and evolution of social media platforms. For updates on these and other projects visit theyoungandthedigital.com.

Gender Dimensions of the Global Financial Crisis

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Diane Elson
"Gender Dimensions of the Global Financial Crisis: High Income Countries"
Tuesday, September 22, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
"Gender Dimensions of the Global Financial Crisis: Middle and Low Income Countries"
Wednesday, September 23, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for students, faculty, and public
Thursday, September 24, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies

Diane Elson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex (UK). For almost 40 years, she has carried out research on gender and development, and is regarded as one of the 50 key thinkers on development – David Simon, ed., Fifty Key Thinkers on Development (Routledge, 2005). Her current research and teaching interests focus on global social change and the realization of human rights, with a particular focus on gender inequality and economic and social rights. Elson has served as a member of the U.N. Millennium Project Taskforce on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and as vice-president of the International Association for Feminist Economics. From 1998 to 2000, she occupied the post of Special Advisor to the Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Hip Hop, Race and Politics

Dawn-Elissa Fischer
"Blackness, Race and Politics in Japanese Hip Hop"
Monday, September 28, 12 noon, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Hip Hop, Human Rights and the Promise of a New Transnational Social Movement"
Monday, September 28, 7pm, 1100 Grainger

Dawn-Elissa Fischer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, where she teaches courses on black popular culture, digital research design and visual ethnography. Dr. Fischer has worked on a number of different community-based campaigns using Hiphop to address issues of voter disenfranchisement, gender based violence, literacy and the digital divide. For over 15 years, she has been traveling within and outside of the United States, committing herself to academic and political work. She has studied and worked with Hiphop social movement organizations internationally in Japan, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal, Sweden, China, Norway, Cuba, Jamaica and Russia. Dr. Fischer is the executive director of Edutainment4Life, Inc. (an NGO dedicated to life skills and self- help of underserved children and families) and she serves on the advisory board of HOTGIRLS--Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (an NGO dedicated to health & HIV/AIDS education for black girls directed by Dr. Carla Stokes). She is a cofounder of the National Hip Hop Political Convention. She is a founding staff member of the Hiphop Archive, directed by Dr. Marcyliena Morgan at Harvard University, and she co-produced the Hiphop Archive’s first film, “Nihon Style” with filmmaker Bianca White.

Universal Capital Grants and Social Justice

Stuart White
"A Modest Proposal? Basic Capital versus Higher Education Subsidies"
Tuesday, September 29, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
"Basic Income versus Basic Capital: Can we Resolve the Disagreement?"
Wednesday, September 30, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
Open seminar for students, faculty and the public
Thursday, October 1, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Stuart White is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University. His research interests lie in egalitarian political theory and its application to public policy. He is the author of The Civic Minimum (2003) and Equality (2006) and recently co-edited Building a Citizen Society (2008). Other recent publications include
the co-authored pamphlet, How to Defend Inheritance Tax (2008). He obtained his Ph.D from Princeton University (1995) and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at M.I.T. (1997-1999) before taking up his current job at Oxford. He blogs regularly at Next Left (www.nextleft.org)

Greening the Globe

Antwi Akom
"Eco-Apartheid or Educational Equity: Building Green and Orange Pathways out of Poverty"
Monday, October 5, 12 noon, 8417 Social Science
"Hip Hop as Liberatory Praxis: Using Hip Hop to Build an Environmental Justice Movement"
Monday, October 5, 7pm, 1100 Grainger

Dr. A.A. Akom is one of the most important emerging voices on anti-racism, environmental justice, and educational equity in the United States. He is a powerful speaker with a unique ability to connect with diverse audiences. A writer, activist, and educator, he has spoken on numerous college and high school campuses including UC Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Texas, as well as in the heart of the prison industrial complex at San Quentin and in San Francisco County Jails. A Freirian teacher, an organic intellectual, and a health activist, Akom has provided anti-racism trainings and engaged in collaborative consulting projects with several large urban and suburban districts nationwide, as welll as with public health organizations, community-based organizations, around the world. As one of America’s leading experts on health inequality and educational equity, Akom’s research examines common urban challenges including: health disparities, educational equity, affordable housing, environmental racism, and unequal access to high quality food markets, transit, and open space. His work offers comprehensive solutions and inspirational models for two of America’s biggest social problems—environmental degradation and educational under-achievement. His unique way of addressing race, class, gender and other axes of social difference not only serve to rejuvenate hope, but also create new frameworks for reducing health and educational disparities in our classrooms and communities. Akom is currently editing two books, Greening the Globe: A Critical Reader on Environmental Health, Educational Equity, and Social Justice; and The Hip Hop and Critical Pedagogy Reader: Re-Imagining Race, Space, and Power in Classrooms in Communities (Peter Lang Press). He is also working on his first solo authored book, Ameritocracy: The Racing of our Nations School Children, where he explores African American and Latina/o advocacy around issues of environmental toxins, medicalized models of social unrest, and racial disparities in health and education. Always thought provoking, provocative, and cutting edge, Akom is a highly sought after speaker among national and international audiences for his important commentaries on environmental justice, urban education, public health, and urban planning.

Hip Hop Feminism

Rachel Raimist
"Hip Hop Feminist Praxis: Tools, Tactics, and Technologies"
Monday, October 12, 12 noon, 206 Ingraham
"B-Girl Breaks, Broken Hearts and Movement: Building a Home (of Hip Hop Feminism)"
Monday, October 12, 7pm, 1100 Grainger


Rachel Raimist is a filmmaker, scholar, educator, hip-hop feminist, activist, community organizer, and mother. She is most known for her documentary Nobody Knows My Name, about women in hip-hop, and as the Videographer/Editor of the award-winning film Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme.  She is the co-editor of Home Girls Make Some Noise! Hip Hop Feminist Anthology and has written and photographed for The Source, URB, Complex, Remix, and The Amsterdam News.  She earned a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota, and received her B.A. and M.F.A in Film Directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television. She has taught video production, women of color/third wave activism, feminist film studies, digital storytelling, and hip-hop feminism. Currently, she teaches media production in the Department of Telecommunications and Film at the University of Alabama.

Graffiti Art

Lavie Raven
"Graffiti Art: Past, Present, and Future from a Practitioner's Perspective"
Monday, October 19, 7 pm, 1100 Grainger
"Boldly Braiding: Hip Hop Arts Integrated Community Projects"
Tuesday, October 20, 5:30 pm, 204 Educational Sciences Building

LAVIE RAVEN is a social studies and language arts instructor at Kenwood Academy (a Chicago public high school), and the Minister of Education for the University of Hip-Hop. Raven has created strategies for applying hip-hop as community service and classroom education, and has worked with youth on many community hip-hop arts programs and social justice projects. As one of the founders of the University of Hip-Hop, a multi-disciplinary school of the street arts, he helped to create a dozen charter branches that serve youth across the city of Chicago and throughout the nation. In his experience as an educator Raven has assisted youth in addressing issues of social justice through the public arts and community service-learning projects. As a mural artist he has worked with youth to create murals that have been displayed at museums, cultural centers, and community organizations. Raven provides youth with a multi-disciplinary approach toward life that holistically engages their academic skills, celebrates their talents and artistic abilities, and empowers their desire to bring positive change to society.

The Future of Hip Hop Studies at UW-Madison

Joseph Ewoodzie, Katrina Flores, Chris Walker, & Damon Williams
Panel: "The Future of Hip Hop Studies at UW-Madison"
Monday, October 26, 7pm, 1100 Grainger

JOSEPH "PIKO" EWOODZIE is a third year graduate student in the UW Department of Sociology.  He is the instructor for the seminar accompanying this speaker series.  He is currently completing his master's thesis titled "The Creation of a Social Object: Hip Hop Between 1973 and 1979."

KATRINA FLORES is a graduate student in the UW Curriculum and Instruction department, focusing her research on building capacities of institutions to allow students to bring there whole selves to their academic and educational worlds.  Currently, she is the Arts-In-Education Director for the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and First Wave where she co-directs the Teacher and Community Educator Institute for Hip Hop and Spoken Word in the Curriculum and OMAI's First Wave Pre-Collegiate Programing.  She is a co-founder of the MultiCultural Student Coalition, a student and community activist, and a visual artist.

CHRIS WALKER is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Artistic Director for UW-Madison's First Wave program. Professor Walker is a dancer and choreographer with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC). He is also the founder and artistic director of “VOICES,” a dance company exploring the fusion of Caribbean dance and contemporary styles using the traditional stage, alternate spaces, and multimedia as a medium. Mr. Walker has toured the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the Caribbean, and his choreographies have been performed in Jamaica, New York and England.

Dr. DAMON A. WILLIAMS is Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His practice centers on diversity, inclusion, and organizational change across all areas of organizational life, with a specific focus on college and university environments. His research on chief diversity officers and inclusive excellence has been featured in a wide array of academic publications. His forthcoming book is The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management, co-authored with Dr. Katrina Wade-Golden.

B-Boy Ethnography: Theory, Character and the Deep Principles of Hip Hop

Joseph Schloss
"'Break on the Break': Movement, Ethnicity, and the Aesthetic of Hip Hop Composition"
Monday, November 2, 12 noon, 206 Ingrham Hall
"'The Big Break' Theory: DJs, Dancers and the Birth of Hip Hop"
Monday, November 2, 7pm, 1100 Grainger Hall

JOSEPH G. SCHLOSS is a Visiting Scholar & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New York University, and was recently named the 2009 Hip-Hop Scholar of the Year by Words, Beats and Life, Inc. A past recipient of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Charles Seeger Prize, Schloss is the author of Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press: 2004), which won the International Association for the Study of Popular Music’s 2005 book award, and Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York (Oxford University Press: 2009).

Hip Hop and American History

William Jelani Cobb
"Welcome to the Terrordome: 9/11, Hip Hop and Culture as Foreign Policy"
Monday, November 9, 12 noon, 5233 Humanities
"Bearing Witness: Hip Hop and the Audiobiography Tradition"
Monday, November 9, 7pm, 1100 Grainger

WILLIAM JELANI COBB is an Associate Professor of History at Spelman College. He specializes in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. Professor Cobb is the author of  To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (NYU Press 2007) which was a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing. His collection The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays (Thunder’s Mouth Press) was also published in 2007. He is editor of The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader, which was listed as a 2002 Notable Book of The Year by Black Issues Book Review. He has two forthcoming books: In Our Lifetimes: Barack Obama and the New Black America and a scholarly monograph titled Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931-1957. His articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Essence, Vibe, Emerge, The Progressive, The Washington City Paper, ONE Magazine, Ebony and TheRoot.com. He has contributed to a number of anthologies including In Defense of Mumia, Testimony, Mending the World and Beats, Rhymes and Life. He has also been a featured commentator on National Public Radio, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CBS News and a number of other national broadcast outlets.

Social Justice and the Family

Ingrid Robeyns
"What do Just Family Policies Require? Philosophical Reflections and the Case of the Netherlands"
Tuesday, December 1, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
"Can the Unequal Gender Division of Labor be Justified?"
Wednesday, December 2, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open seminar for students, faculty and the public
Thursday, December 3, 1:00pm, 5181 Helen C. White

INGRID ROBEYNS is a professor in practical philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She holds master degrees in economics and in philosophy, and received her PhD degree from Cambridge University, for a dissertation on gender inequality and the capability approach. Her main areas of research are theories of justice, especially applied to issues of gender, the family, care, and global poverty, and also the further theoretical advancement of the capability approach. She is also interested in other questions at the intersection of economics and normative practical philosophy.