Upcoming Events

January 9, 2013: Show & Tell at Playground: “I Rap Therefore I Am: Why France Is the World’s Second-Largest Hip-Hop Market in the World”

Date: January 9, 2013
Time: 5:30-7pm
Place: Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E Congress Street, Tucson, AZ
Free and open to the public

Presented by Professor Alain-Philippe Durand

Born and raised in Marseille, France, Alain-Philippe Durand is Professor of French, Interim Director of Africana Studies, and Director of the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC) at the UA. His interests include hip-hop cultures, the contemporary novel, French cinema and cultural and literary criticism and he has taught in France, Germany and Brazil. He is the author of four books including Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World (Scarecrow Press, 2002). Among other courses, he teaches a very popular class on U.S. & Francophone hip-hop cultures. Thanks to a Confluence grant, he is organizing the international symposium The Poetics and Politics of Hip-Hop Cultures on February 7-8, 2013 at the UA.

See details at the Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry Events Page.

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Nov. 29, 2012: Hip-Hop Cultures Student Presentations

Join us for presentations by Honors-College students Kyle Hendrie, Laura Perry, and Gabrielle-Ann Torre, featuring the work of Hip-Hop Symposium feature presenters. These student speakers are enrolled in Prof. Alain-Philippe Durand's class FREN/AFAS 373 US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures in the fall 2012. (Check out the class' Facebook Page "Free-Flow Prof. Durand's Hip-Hop Page.")

Date: November 29, 2012
Time: 5-6:30pm
Place: Honors College House, Living Room in Sloanker, Tucson, AZ
Free and open to the public

"Graffiti in France: An overview of the
work of Alain Milon"

by Kyle A. Hendrix



"White Kids and Hip Hop : An Introduction to the Works of Marcyliena Morgan"

by Laura E. Perry




"Power by Proliferation: Halifu Osumare's Analysis of Hip Hop's Global Takeover"

by Gabrielle-Ann Araneta Torre