Series on global hip-hop wraps up with appearance by Public Enemy’s Chuck D

The Institute for Diversity in the Arts is hosting a spring series titled “Global Flows: The Globalization of Hip-Hop Art, Culture and Politics.” The series is offered as a 2-unit course in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity that includes film screenings, discussions and performances that examine and explore the international reach of hip-hop cultures and artists.

The series wraps up next week, with events including a multimedia program scheduled for Thursday, April 28, featuring CHUCK D of Public Enemy, who H. SAMY ALIM, associate professor in the Stanford School of Education, described as “lead emcee of perhaps the most critically acclaimed group in hip-hop history.”

The April 28 event, which will take place in Cubberley Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m., is dubbed “Hip-Hop, Race and Citizenship in Japan, France and the United States.” In addition to Chuck D, others on the panel will include GAYE THERESA JOHNSON, an assistant professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara; DAWN-ELISSA FISCHER, assistant professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University; and SAMIR MEGHELLI, a doctoral candidate at Columbia University. According to Alim, the panelists will discuss “the complex relationships between hip-hop culture, race, citizenship and immigration in a variety of sociopolitical contexts.” The event also will feature DJ Emancipacion, who hails from Egypt, and a post-event reception.

The spring series will conclude on Friday, April 29, with several live performances and workshops throughout the day on White Plaza and at the CoHo featuring hip-hop artists from Mexico, Palestine, Syria and Ghana. See the attached flier for details.