Thursday, February 20 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm - University Student Union (USU)
The Hip-Hop Think Tank, Department of Pan African Studies, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and numerous departments and campus units invite the CSUN campus community to its biennial conference titled, Bridging the Gaps: Hip-Hop in the Age of Mass Incarceration and Deportation, scheduled for February 20-21, 2014 at CSUN.
Bridging the Gaps will bring together members of the Civil Rights, Black, and Brown Power movements with Hip Hop scholars, activists, and artists along with immigrants rights organizations to explore how they are responding to the prison industrial complex, war on drugs, anti-immigration legislation, and the overall criminalization of communities of color. By illustrating the interconnections between Stop and Frisk in New York City, gang injunctions in Los Angeles, the Papers Please provisions in Arizona, South Carolina, and elsewhere, and the growing militarization of the US-Mexico border, the conference will highlight the denial of human rights experienced by each of these diverse communities, utilizing Hip-Hop social activism as our primary language.
The two-day conference begins with an opening reception, film festival, and talk by Hip-Hop activist and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate for the Green Party, Rosa Clemente, on Thursday, February 20th in the USU Theater from 5-10pm.
On Friday, February 21st, the conference continues at 9am in the Northridge Center with an opening keynote by Dr. Victor Rios, Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara and author of Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys. The day will continue with a series of panels and workshops with Hip-Hop scholars, activists, artists, and community organizations, such as Dr. Shana Redmond (USC), Dr. Melina Abdullah (CSULA), Dr. Denise Sandoval (CSUN), Boots Riley, Olmeca, Cihuatl Ce, Jasiri X, Luis J. Rodriguez, the Gr818ers, the Pico Youth and Family Center, Immigrant Youth Coalition, CURB, Tia Chucha's and many others. The conference culminates with a keynote address by Elaine Brown, former chair of the Black Panther Party, followed by a closing reception and open mic celebration. We sincerely hope that you will join us for this amazing conference.
To register for the conference or for more information visit: http://hiphopthinktank13.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Northridge Center, University Student Union
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The Education on the Edge speaker series presents Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond.
Professor of Education at Stanford University, current Chair of the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and one of the nation's Top 10 most influential people affecting educational policy.
"California On the Edge"
California is on the cusp of great change in its education system- new sets of Common Core standards are guiding curriculum, new assessments are underway, and strong efforts are being made to strengthen the educational workforce. Dr. Darling-Hammond will bring her unique perspective on the statewide transformations taking place as well as the impact on California of the national shifts in education.
Special introduction by 2012 National Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Mieliwocki
This event is FREE.
Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Michael D. Eisner College of Education.