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Schedule and Agenda

  8:00-8:30am Refreshments
  8:30-9:00am Introduction
    Henry Louis Gates, Jr. W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
    Marcyliena Morgan

Director of Hiphop Archive, Associate Professor, Harvard University, Dept. of Afro-American Studies
“All Eyez on Me”: When Visionary Meets the Vision

    Stephen Mitchell Professor of Scandanavian & Folklore, Harvard University
  9:00am-10:30am Panel 1
THEORETICAL T.H.U.G. BATTLES:
MAPPING the INTELLECTUAL LEGACIES of TUPAC SHAKUR
    Mark Anthony Neal State University of New York Albany, Dept. of English
Thug Nigga Intellectual: Tupac as Celebrity Gramscian
    Murray Forman Northeastern University, Dept. of Communication Studies
Tupac Shakur: O.G. (Ostensibly Gone)
    Knut Aukrust Culture Studies, University of Oslo, Visiting Scholar in the Dept. of Folklore at Harvard University
“Tired of Hearing These Voices in My Head”:
Bakhtin’s MC Battle
  10:30am-10:50am Break
  10:50am-12:00pm Panel 2
“ME AGAINST THE WORLD”:
TUPAC SHAKUR and the HUNGER for HEROISM
    Emmett Price Northeastern University,
Dept. of Music and African American Studies
From Thug Life to Legend: Realization of a Black Folk Hero
    Greg Dimitriadis University of Buffalo, Graduate School of Education
Talking about Tupac: Young People’s Perspectives on his Life, Death, and Discursive Rebirth
    Cheryl Keyes University of California, Los Angeles, Dept. of Ethnomusicology
Redefining the Meaning of Hero in Hip-Hop Culture:
The Case of Tupac Shakur
  12:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
Keynote Address
    Michael Eric Dyson Avalon Professor in the Humanities and African American Studies, University of Pennsylvania
“Holler if You Hear Me”
    Performance
    Nicole Hodges University of Southern California,
Dept. of American Studies and Ethnicity
The Death of the Last Blackman in the Entire Universe:
The Re-Mix
  2:00pm-3:30pm Panel 3
“KEEP YA HEAD UP”:
POWER, PASSION and the POLITICAL POTENTIAL of TUPAC SHAKUR
    Lawrence Bobo Norman Tishman and Charles M. Diker Professor of Sociology and Afro-American Studies, Harvard University
Let Knowledge Drop: Tupac Shakur and the Just-Us System
    Dionne Bennett University of California, Los Angeles, Dept. of Anthropology
“How Do We Want It”: Feminism, the Politics of Empathy and the Legacy of Tupac Shakur
    Bakari Kitwana Author and Visiting Scholar, Kent State University,
Dept. of Political Science
“Ride or Die”: Building Bridges between Hip-Hop and
Black Power
  3:30pm-4:00pm Closing

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