Thursday, February 26, 2009

WVU Hip-Hop Symposium a Huge Success

The West Virginia University College of Law recently hosted a groundbreaking symposium, “Street Knowledge: Examining the Influence of Hip-Hop on Law and Culture.” The event, held on Feb. 12 and 13, 2008 in Morgantown, West Virginia, featured keynote speakers Cornel West and Talib Kweli as well as a number of distinguished panelists and moderators.

WVU law professor andre douglas pond cummings, the symposium chairperson, was enthusiastic following the event. “Our symposium was inspiring,” he said. “Cornel West, Talib Kweli, and our accomplished group of academics described hip-hop's impact on the law in cutting edge and forward-thinking fashion."

West, the distinguished Princeton University intellectual, drew more than 800 attendees to his keynote address at the Mountainlair ballroom. Kweli, a popular hip-hop artist and activist, packed the Marlyn Lugar Courtroom at the WVU College of Law.

1 comment:

  1. As an organizer, participant, and fan I must say that all of the panelist and speakers were fantastic. Since Rap and Hip Hop music rarely gets viewed in the positive light it was a pleasure that brought me personal satisfaction to be a part of an event that showed hip hop in a positive vein. To the academics I sincerely thank you and to the skeptics . . .grab the mic!


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