Madison365 reports on School’s ‘Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity’ symposium reported on the most recent Real Talk for Real Change symposium, “Advancing Hip-Hop as a Path Toward Equity,” which took place virtually on Nov. 19.

The event was hosted by the School of Education’s office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE).

Featuring a panel of UW–Madison faculty and staff and local artist hip-hop artists, the symposium focused around the connection between hip-hop and youth-led movements for Black lives, noted the Madison365 report.

The panelists included:

  • Michele Byrd-McPhee, interdisciplinary artist-in-residence, UW–Madison Division of the Arts
  • Rob Dz, Madison/Beloit-based rapper
  • Michael Ford, Hip-Hop architect, founder of Hip-Hop Architecture Camp
  • Duane Holland, Jr., professor, UW–Madison Dance Department
  • Sofia Snow, director of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and First Wave Scholarship Program, UW–Madison

“Since this is a gathering of artist-educators, we thought it appropriate to provide an opportunity to ground what you hear from them and their art practice. Not performances but a presentation of artistic identity,” said Yorel Lashley, the director of arts at PLACE, who facilitated the event.

View the Madison365 report, here. A recording of the symposium is also available, here.