Mos Def And Talib Kweli To Speak At Chicago Hip-Hop Conference

Mos Def and Talib

Kweli will deliver a joint keynote lecture at The Field Museum's Center for

Cultural Understanding and Change (CCUC) international Hip Hop and Social Change


The conference,

which is being held at the Museum on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 3,

4, and 5, will discuss the significance of artistic and cultural activity in

the hip hop community

in relation to social change.

It also serves

as a forum for representatives of hip hop's primary geographical areas -- the

United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and South Africa -- to open a dialogue

that crosses cultural lines.

"In a wider

sense, hip hop is the quintessential American cultural product, incorporating

such ideals as innovation, competition and representation," says CCUC Boyd

Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Raymond Codrington.

The Hip Hop and

Social Change Conference at The Field Museum will investigate key issues directly

impacting members of the hip-hop community and young people everywhere.

While most discussions

of hip hop focus on musical and artistic content, the conference will be centered

on using hip hop as a tool to build awareness through political participation,

education and artistic activity.

Panels of hip hop

experts from around the world will discuss Formal and Informal Political Participation,

Globalization, Media, and Artistic Activity.

On Sunday, Oct.

5, there will be a discussion of how social change takes place, and the role

hip hop might play in generating those changes.

The Field Museum

is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. For more information, the

public can call 312.665.7481 or visit