Jeff Chang, Hip-Hop Journalist, Author and Historian

  • Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Venue: University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue
  • Admission: Free

Free Admission. Talk takes place in the U of W's Eckhardt-Grammate Hall.

Jeff Chang will speak about Can't Stop Won't Stop, his book that shows how hip-hop came to crystallize a multiracial generation's worldview. How does it define the lives of millions around the world? How has it transformed politics and art? And how did it redefine the portrayal of race in popular culture?

Chang draws on economics, social theory and demographics to trace the tumultuous period in which hip-hop came to life – a time when the post-civil rights generation moved from out of the margins and into the mainstream.

Jeff Chang has been a hip-hop journalist for more than 15 years and has written for Vibe, Spin, The Village Voice, URB and Rap Pages. He is currently the executive director at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts + Committee on Black Performing Arts. Read an interview with Jeff from the Thursday, Sept. 29 issue of The Uniter right here: