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Hip-hop Goes to Harvard

Harvard just hired Marcyliena Morgan and other faculty to teach classes on hip-hop. Yawn.. I went through all this trouble prepping the links just to realize that I really don't care about our acceptance at Harvard. They need us to keep them relevent. We don't need their validation. The New York Times reported on it:

With the new appointments, the African and African-American studies department has 25 faculty members. As an associate professor, Ms. Morgan will teach classes on hip-hop and linguistics and be the director of the hip-hop archives, which includes T-shirts, videotapes of the early hip-hop artists practicing their art in basements in the Bronx and an extensive collection of CD's by rappers like Tupac Shakur and Public Enemy.

"While I'm not especially a fan of hip-hop — perhaps I'm too old — there can be no doubt that it is one of the most important cultural phenomenons in the second half of the 20th century," said Professor Gates, who is 52. "We would be remiss if we did not treat it accordingly."

July 17, 2003 in Commentary | Link Me | Related Searches | Related Music

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