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The “Hip-Hop As A Healing Practice: Music, Art + Culture” Symposium seeks to explore and capitalize on the ways students from culturally, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse backgrounds engage hip-hop, art, music, and culture. By focusing on how students engage these aspects in relation to hip hop, we can gain a better understanding of how hip hop is used to support their efforts to sustain personal well-being while in pursuit of educational goals, in particular, as well as promote issues of social justice, in general. Through the symposium, we seek to employ a social-cultural-contextual framework that stimulates critical analysis of the ways/patterns that hip-hop, art, and culture assist in the processes of healing, enhancing learning, and improving practice and pedagogy.

“Hip Hop As A Healing Practice: Music, Art + Culture” Symposium Schedule

8am-9am: Check-in (Hoag Auditorium)

9am-10:30am: Life the Griot, Spoken Word Performance/Presentation
(Hoag Auditorium)

10:30-11:30am: Break-out Sessions

A. Dr. Sean Callahan (Hoag ABC Rooms)
B. Yen Rodriguez (Hoag ABC Rooms)
C. Short Film with Discussion (MSA Office, Hoag #320)

11:30am-12:00pm: Bob Owens Art Gallery Viewing: Michi Meko
(Bob Owens Art Gallery, Hoag Student Center, 3rd Floor)

12:00pm-1:00pm: Artist Lunch Talk: Michi Meko
(Hoag Student Center, Great Room)

1:00pm-2:00pm: Soul Food Cypher
(Hoag Auditorium)

2:00pm-3:00pm: Panel Discussion:
Dr. Eric Bridges, Dr. Sean Callahan, Yen Rodriguez, Soul Food Cypher
(Hoag Auditorium)

3:00pm-3:30pm: Symposium Meet and Greet
(Hoag Student Center, Great Room)

Artists and Speaker Information:

Michi Meko
Michi’s personal work
Michi’s work at the UNG Art Gallery

Life the Griot
Life is a spoken word artist, community activist, UGA professor, TED talk alumnus, and president and founder of Chess in Community. More of Life’s work

Soul Food Cypher
Soul Food Cypher utilizes the power of speech to transform the lives of individuals and their communities. More of Soul Food Cypher’s work

Dr. Sean Callahan, Professor of Psychology (Georgia Highlands College)
Yen Rodriguez, Graduation Coach, RRPG Latino/Hispanic & Instructor of American Studies (Kennesaw State University)
Dr. Eric Bridges, Professor of Psychology (Clayton State University)

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