Lecture on hip-hop culture, lynching to take place Feb. 21

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A lecturer will analyze lynching through the lens of hip-hop culture Feb. 21 at Gettysburg College.

The 6 p.m. lecture, "Gold Chain Nooses: A Semiology of Lynching for the Hip-Hop Generation," will take place in Breidenbaugh Hall, Room 201. James Peterson's lecture is designed to use hip-hop culture as a lens through which events in society and politics can be analyzed. Peterson is a visiting professor who will teach a course on hip-hop and African American studies in the fall at Gettysburg College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Peterson's interest in the hip-hop culture is derived from growing up in Newark, N.J., and as an undergraduate at Duke University where he studied African-American literature and linguistics. At North Carolina State University and University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his master's and doctorate, respectively, he studied with scholars who were examining the socio-linguistic connections in hip-hop music and culture. Peterson is the founder of Hip-Hop Scholars, an association of academics dedicated to researching and developing the cultural and educational potential of hip-hop, urban and youth cultures. His vision is that the organization will help him build his research and raise money for scholarships for students from inner-city neighborhoods.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Issued: 2/16/08
By: Justin Brower, class of 2010

Posted: Tue, 19 Feb 2008

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