Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Upcoming speaking date
I am thrilled to announce that I will be speaking at the Socialism 2009 conference in June. This is the largest annual gathering of the far left in the United States. Given everything that has taken place in the world over the past year, this one promises to be the largest yet, with not one but two locations: June 18th through 21st in Chicago, and July 2nd through 5th in San Francisco.
My session will be titled "You Can't Stop Us Now: Hip-Hop in a New Political Era," and will take place during the weekend in Chicago. Hip-Hop and Rap are without a doubt the rebel music of our time. For three decades, it has kept alive the dreams of equality and freedom, and managed to rankle many an establishment hack. With the global economy in turmoil, and the logic of the free-market rejected by a growing number of people, what will come next in the future of a music and culture that have always rallied people to join together in struggle?
Other speakers that weekend will include radical sportswriter Dave Zirin, GRITtv host Laura Flanders, South African poet laureate and anti-apartheid activist Dennis Brutus, and countless others from across the left.
More details (such as the exact date and time of my session) will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can find out more information about this incredible conference, and register for it, here.