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Elements of Hip-Hop are Focus of Social Justice Workshop

(Posted September 27, 2010)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Hip-hop music is known for its infectious rhyming, use of sampling an eclectic mix of music to form songs, and the braggadocio of many of its artists, but few music fans know that hip-hop can be an educational tool for social justice. Carl Moore, associate director of the Fox School of Business Undergraduate Advising Center at Temple University, will teach at Juniata College the workshop "Got Swagga? An Exploration of Social Justice Using Elements of Hip-Hop" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7 in Sill Board Room in the von Liebig Center for Science.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Moore will take participants through the five elements of hip-hop culture while simultaneously explaining how social justice concerns are raised through the hip-hop musical genre.

While working full time, Moore also is pursuing a doctoral degree in Temple's Urban Education Program. His research has focused on social justice, student development, organizational development, pop culture and inclusive teaching in higher education.

He has worked in higher education his entire career, working at Kutztown University as Student Support Services Adviser and Outward Bound Math and Science Coordinator. He also served as coordinator of multicultural recruitment at Reading Area Community College. Before moving to the business school, Moore served as the assistant director of the Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education at Temple.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Kutztown University and went on to earn a master's degree in higher education student affairs from Ohio State University.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.