Hip Hop U


May. 2, 2014,
9am to 3pm

Campus Location


Hip Hop U is a day-long interactive symposium where UNLV students, faculty and staff and students from the local community will come together to learn about hip hop through workshops, discussions and performance art. The purpose of this program is to engage participants in conversations about the connections between social justice and the hip hop movement. In addition, the symposium will allow an opportunity for university professionals to learn how to infuse hip hop pedagogies in their work.

Key Note Speaker – Chris Emdin

Chris Emdin is an associate professor in the department of mathematics, science and technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as director of science education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is currently a Caperton Fellow and Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the WEB DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He is the co creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/ professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector.


TEDxNYED - April 28, 2012 - Christopher Emdin

PBS NewsHour story on ScienceGenius with GZA and Chris Emdin at Bronx Compass High School

Other featured speakers and artist

  • Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand (University of Arizona), “A Concise History of French Hip-Hop Cultures”
  • Dr. Aisha Durham (University Of South Florida), “Poetics and Politics of Hip Hop Feminism”
  • Dr. Chris Harris (Nevada State College), “Hip Hop and Neo-Liberalism”


*UNLV students who attend this event will have the opportunity to win a chance to have lunch with Chris Emdin.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to UNLV students, faculty, and staff.

Contact Information

Event Sponsor

Office of Civic Engagement & Diversity