Joseph Ewoodzie, Katrina Flores, Chris Walker & Damon Williams: The Future of Hip Hop Scholarship

Panel: “The Future of Hip Hop Studies at UW-Madison”

Monday, October 26, 7pm, 1100 Grainger

JOSEPH “PIKO” EWOODZIE is a third year graduate student in the UW Department of Sociology.  He is the instructor for the seminar accompanying this speaker series.  He is currently completing his master’s thesis titled “The Creation of a Social Object: Hip Hop Between 1973 and 1979.”

KATRINA FLORES is a graduate student in the UW Curriculum and Instruction department, focusing her research on building capacities of institutions to allow students to bring there whole selves to their academic and educational worlds.  Currently, she is the Arts-In-Education Director for the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and First Wave where she co-directs the Teacher and Community Educator Institute for Hip Hop and Spoken Word in the Curriculum and OMAI’s First Wave Pre-Collegiate Programing.  She is a co-founder of the MultiCultural Student Coalition, a student and community activist, and a visual artist.

CHRIS WALKER is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Artistic Director for UW-Madison’s First Wave program. Professor Walker is a dancer and choreographer with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC). He is also the founder and artistic director of “VOICES,” a dance company exploring the fusion of Caribbean dance and contemporary styles using the traditional stage, alternate spaces, and multimedia as a medium. Mr. Walker has toured the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the Caribbean, and his choreographies have been performed in Jamaica, New York and England.

Dr. DAMON A. WILLIAMS is Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His practice centers on diversity, inclusion, and organizational change across all areas of organizational life, with a specific focus on college and university environments. His research on chief diversity officers and inclusive excellence has been featured in a wide array of academic publications. His forthcoming book is The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management, co-authored with Dr. Katrina Wade-Golden.