coming up next week:
***Tuesday September 13, 4:30pm, Breed Hall (Margaret Morrison 103)
"I'm an African": Black Aesthetics and The Making of a Hip Hop Globe Sujatha
Fernandes, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Queens College and the Graduate
Center, City University of New York
This talk explores whether the culture of hip hop can forge global alliances
between Afro-descendant people. The American culture of hip hop was
integrated into the arsenal, repertoire, and landscape of black youth across
the globe. But through an exploration of hip hop in four cities, the talk
reveals that the global hip hop hood may be more a fantasy than a reality.
Hip hop had galvanized the imagination of young people around the world, but
it couldn't erase the differences between them, or the difficulties of
translating lives, cultures, and political visions.
***Tuesday September 13, 8:30pm, The Waffle Shop
LIVE! ON THE RADIO: CARACAS AND PITTSBURGH 8.30p-10p (Pittsburgh time) -
airing on 88.3 WRCT, broadcast live from The Waffle Shop, 124 S. Highland
Avenue 8p-9.30p (Caracas time) - airing live in Caracas, broadcast live
La Cocina Arepas, the third iteration of Conflict Kitchen, presents a
one-time community-based radio show hosted by Sujatha Fernandes in
Pittsburgh and grass-roots radio operators in Caracas, Venezuela.
Presented in collaboration between Caracas community organizers and local
Pittsburgh radio personalities, LIVE! ON THE RADIO will simultaneously air
both Pittsburgh and Caracas, highlighting contemporary culture and politics
in Venezuela through live hip-hop performances, readings by Venezuelan
science fiction writer Israel Centeno, guest of City of Asylum in
Pittsburgh, and interviews with Chavista barrio activists in Caracas.
The show will be presented in both Spanish and English.
In Sujatha Fernandes' newest book, "Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social
Movements in Chávez's Venezuela", she portrays everyday life and politics in
the shantytowns of Caracas through accounts of community-based radio, barrio
assemblies, and popular fiestas, and the many interviews she conducted with
activists and government officials.
Here is a link to an op-ed Sujatha recently published in the New York Times:
Here is more information about her most recent work:
Sujatha Fernandes' visit to CMU is cosponsored by the Department of History
and the Conflict Kitchen.