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The Outkast Imagination: Hip Hop Education and Transformative Pedagogy [Video]

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Educator, speaker, writer, style junkie, and hip-hop scholar Joycelyn Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Black Media Studies and Educational Anthropologist in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication in the Ivan Allen College at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was also its 2016-2017 Fellow in the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC). Prior to Georgia Tech, she held a faculty position in the Faculty of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Virginia Tech, affiliate faculty status in its Africana Studies Program and Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT). She is also an alumni fellow of the Harvard Hiphop Archive, and the Founding Co-Chair of the Hip Hop Theories, Pedagogies, and Praxis Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

As a pioneer in the field of Hip Hop pedagogy and higher education in the American South, Dr. Wilson conducts her research from the perspective of an African American woman raised in Atlanta after the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and during the formative years of Hip Hop culture. Her “a-ha moment” happened as a high school math teacher who decided to use her southern Hip Hop sensibilities to teach Algebra and her love for the rap duo OUTKAST to manage racially and economically-diverse learning environments. She’s been writing and producing content that integrates the music and ideologies of OUTKAST since 1997, which include her published dissertation Outkast’d and Claimin True: The Language of Schooling in Southern Hip Hop. As an emerging learning design scholar in culture, media, and technology studies, her courses are some of the most popular taught at colleges and universities. “Engaging the Lyrics of Outkast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice”, was featured throughout local, national, and international media outlets including NPR. She has also given a TEDx Talk called “The Outkast Imagination” and is the author of the empowerment series 30 Days of Outkast.

Black History Month Keynote Address.

Part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series: Transformations (2017-2018)


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