Lehigh University Hip Hop Expo + Arts and Humanities Experience: April 11 - 21

The 2018 HiiiPOWEREd CYPHER, a Hip Hop Expo and Arts and Humanities experience born at Lehigh University - co-curated by Professors Kashi Johnson and Monica R. Miller - is a grant-funded initiative supported by the prestigious LU National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant awarded to Africana Studies, "Black Publics/Lived Experience: Africana Studies and the Public Humanities at Lehigh University." On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Professor Johnson's iconic public-facing Hip Hop Theatre course at Lehigh University, 'Act Like You Know' the inaugural HiiiPOWEREd CYPHER marks this historic moment of celebrating 10 years of Hip Hop at Lehigh University, through a nine day Expo, grounded in the Five Foundational Elements of Hip Hop for the 21st Century. The Expo aims to seamlessly integrate world-renowned artists, scholars, practitioners, educators, students, administrators, public partners and the surrounding community, into a variety of unique, public humanities and arts-based Hip Hop cyphers including moderated public discussions and lectures, networking possibilities, activities in the surrounding community, Hip Hop theatre performances, a interactive DJ workshop, live graffiti mural installation, and much more!

Featured Artists-in-Residence include:

Jabari "X Factor" Exum
Inaugural NEH Africana Studies Hip Hop Theatre Artist, MC and Musician in Residence
Tribal Dance & Movement Coach for the film, Black Panther (Marvel Studies)

Dr. A.D. Carson
Inaugural NEH/MDHI Africana Studies Hip Hop Scholar-in-Residence
Assistant Professor of Hip Hop and the Global South, University of Virginia

Gabriel "Asheru" Benn
Inaugral NEH Africana Studies Hip Hop Artist, Educator, Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence
We the Willing, Inc. and Guerilla Arts Ink, LLC

Interested in collaborating with one of our Artists-in-Residence?
Contact Sherry Buss Office of Interdisciplinary Programs or
Monica Miller Co-curator of HiiiPOWEREd Cypher

Featured Cyphers include:
All events are FREE unless noted and open to LU Community and General Public.

Graffiti Cypher (April 16)
"Wild Style": Live & Interactive Graffiti Installation
Max Meano
Mural/Graffiti Artist

Embodiment Cypher (April 17)
"Get Ya Mind Right"
Jonathan Lassiter
Assistant Professor, Psychology, Muhlenberg College
Sharrell Luckett
Assistant Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies, Muhlenberg College

DJ Cypher (April 18)
"Check the Technique: DJing the Sounds of the Boogie Down"
Andrew McIntosh
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Northampton Community College

Networking Cypher (April 19)
Dr. A.D. Carson

Performance Cypher (multiple performance dates)
"ACT LIKE YOU KNOW - 10 Year Anniversary Show"
Kashi Johnson, Director

For complete details and schedule, please visit the website

For promotional flier, click here...

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