You are invited to the first Annual Human Rights Lecture on Wednesday 3/21 in the SU Barrett Ballroom on "Hip Hop, Social Justice, and the War on Drugs," featuring Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar from the University of Connecticut. The Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Justice Studies and the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.
The Human Rights Lecture will be a blend of academic panel and celebration of hip hop culture. The front end of the event (1:00-3:00) will be for people to hang out, mingle, enjoy refreshments, play chess (hosted by the hip hop chess federation), listen to music curtesy of the KSJS Urban Block DJs, and watch the breakdance freestyles of the King Library Rockers (KLR). Bay Area Human Rights organizations will also table this portion of the event to provide employment and internship information for students interested in careers or scholarship in Human Rights.
The second half of the event (3:00-5:00) will mirror a traditional academic panel presentation, featuring Dr. Ogbar. Panel guests include representatives from the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, The University of Texas at San Antonio, the Hip Hop Chess Federation, and YouthUpRising. The panel will address a variety of topics including current policy agendas regarding the drug war and incarceration, local hybrids of hip hop culture and social justice/rights movements, and the potential of human rights education in and outside of the classroom of public universities.