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MCLA to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11 with Talk by Social Critic and Leading Hip-Hop Intellectual

09/02/2011

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a social critic and one of the leading hip-hop generation's intellectuals will speak at MCLA to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., in the MCLA Church Street Center auditorium.

His presentation, "Looking to the Future, Building Community," is free and open to the public.

Hill's work, which covers topics such as culture, politics and education, has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books and anthologies. He has lectured widely and provides regular commentary for media outlets like NPR, Washington Post, Essence magazine, and The New York Times.

He is the host of the nationally syndicated television show, "Our World," with Black Enterprise, and provides regular commentary for CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel, where he was a political contributor and regular guest on "The O'Reilly Factor." An award-winning writer, Hill is a columnist and editor-at-large for the Philadelphia Daily News.

Hill has been on the faculty of Columbia University as an associate professor of education at Teachers College since 2009. He also holds an affiliated faculty appointment in African American Studies at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.

Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Pa., Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He also is a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union.

Hill works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. In addition to his political work, he continues to work directly with African American and Latino youth. In 2001, he started a literacy project that uses hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students. He also continues to organize and teach adult literacy courses for high school dropouts in Philadelphia and Camden.

In 2005, Ebony magazine named him one of America's "top 30 black leaders under 30 years old."

Hill is the author of "Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity" and co-editor of "Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility and The Anthropology of Education Reader." He is completing two manuscripts: "Knowledge of Self: Race, Masculinity, and the Politics of Reading" and "First Class Jails/Second Class Schools: Education in the Age of Incarceration."

Trained as an anthropologist of education, Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics and education.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu .