IIPC Debate 17 September

IIPC Debate #56
Wed 17 September 2-4 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Professor Mark Katz (University of North Carolina):
Hip-hop diplomacy

The lecture relates to Mark Katz’s recent work as a director of a new program funded by the U.S. State Department that sends American hip-hop artists to use music and dance as a means to foster cultural exchange and conflict resolution to underserved communities around the world.

Mark Katz is professor at the Department of Music, Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies, and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (US). He has written many seminal publications on music, technology and culture. He is the author of Capturing Sound: How Technology has Changed Music (2004/2010), The Violin: A Research and Information Guide (2006), and Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ (2012). He co-edited (with Timothy Taylor and Tony Grajeda) the collection Music, Sound, and Technology in America (2012). He is the editor of Journal of the Society for American Music, a senior editor of Oxford Handbooks Online, and a member of the National Recording Preservation Board.

In 2013, Katz was awarded a grant of nearly a million dollars from the U.S. Department of State to create and run Next Level, a program that sends American hip-hop artists abroad to foster cultural exchange, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship. In 2014¬15 the program will travel to Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Montenegro, Senegal, Serbia, and Zimbabwe. (Follow Next Level’s global activities at https://www.facebook.com/NextLevelUSA )


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