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News Hip-Hop and the Black Geographical Imagination, a lecture by Dr. Rashad Shabazz at Marlboro College, October 13

MARLBORO, VT- (October 2, 2009) - Marlboro College will host a free, public lecture by Dr. Rashad Shabazz in Ragle Hall at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 13.

The lecture, entitled "Hip-Hop and the Black Geographical Imagination," will explore the ways in which the dynamics of space, place, race, gender and culture are articled in hip-hop's verbal expressivity.  Drawing on the lyrics of hip-hop artists, Shabazz will highlight how rap music has become an important site of the articulation of a black spatial imagery, while also making the case that hip-hop must shift the understanding of where geographic knowledge is located.

Shabazz is currently an assistant professor in the Geography Department at the University of Vermont. He is also an editor for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons and an organizer for Critical Resistance. Shabazz holds a a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the Minnesota State University, Mankato (1999), an M.S. from the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at the Arizona State University (2002) and a Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2008). Currently Dr Shabazz is working on a book manuscript that examines how Black identity, culture and anti-Black racism are produced and disciplined through spatiality.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.



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