Events and Conferences

Preemptive Education: Language, Identity, and Power

Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East

Preemptive Education aims to examine the issues that affect today’s youth, while providing creative and practical resources to address them. Using the power of spoken word poetry and hip-hop as the lens to explore language and privilege, participants will learn best practices in student-centered pedagogy from professionals in the fields of education, youth development, and spoken word & hip-hop. Combining performance, panel discussion, and professional development workshops, Preemptive Education will provide comprehensive opportunities for educators of all levels.   

Opening Performance

Thursday September 25, 8PM
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts presents
the break/s 
by Marc Bamuthi Joseph for The Living Word
Project co-presented by Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Marc Bamuthi Joseph's much-anticipated the break/s  is inspired by Can't Stop Won't Stop, Jeff Chang's 2005 American Book Award winner which captures the creation of Hip-Hop as a local, political and artistic movement. the break/s explores the artist's emergence in a time of Hip-Hop globalization and trans-nationalism. As a poet, educator and performer, Joseph's work will be a perfect entry into the trainings and discussions to follow throughout the weekend. Furthermore Joseph's keynote speech Saturday morning, red, black & GREEN: a blues, will examine Freire, the environment and post Hip-Hop performance.

Opening Panel and Youth Performance: FREE to the Public

Friday Sept 26, 7-9PM
Room 703, Silver Center
An Evening of Performance and Conversation on Language, Identity & Power

Poets: Jamilla Lyiscott, Janine Simon, Zora Howard & Marne Bruckner
Respondents: David Kirkland Ph.D., Queen GodIs, Jen Weiss, Ph. D
Panelists: Alexis Marie Wint, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Christina Marín, Ph.D., Carlos REC McBride, & Tara Betts

This dynamic performance and panel series will start at the word. Three poems with three panels will interact and converge in a conversation that uses spoken word poetry to reclaim identities and challenge inequities around language, privilege and power. Using each poem as a starting point, panelists will address and illuminate issues around language privilege, youth voice, and social justice. Young poets from Urban Word NYC will provide the platform from which respondents and panelists will vision a new dialogue around the transformative power of spoken word poetry and the pedagogies that champion the voices of the next generation.

Weekend Training Series for Mentors, Teachers, Educators and Community Activists

Saturday and Sunday: Sept. 27 9AM-4:30PM, Sept. 28 9AM-1:30PM

This training series will provide educators with cutting edge best practices in social justice, spoken word and hip-hop education. This weekend participants will work with professors, activists, educators, emcees and spoken word artists to engage in the critical literacy work that Urban Word NYC is known for. The range of perspectives provided will bridge both theory and practical application, as well as inform your personal pedagogy to enable you to work and grow as an educator dedicated to liberatory education.