Jeff Chang presents Bonner & Bonner lecture


A radical historian, hip-hop journalist and expert on multiculturalism will present the 19th annual Bonner and Bonner Diversity Lecture at Emporia State University.

Jeff ChangJeff Chang is the author of two books — “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation” and “Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop” — and is working on a third, “Who We Be: The Colorization of America.”

Chang will bring his message to Emporia State University on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. His speech, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall. A hip-hop block party is being planned in conjunction with the lecture.

Chang’s lecture topic will be his study in “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” in which he traverses continents and decades to show how hip-hop came to crystallize a multiracial generation's worldview. He speaks with passion, tempered with a critical understanding of pop culture, to tell students that this important history is actually their history.

Chang covered the 2008 presidential election for Vibe magazine and and continues to speak and write on the connection between cultural change and political change.

 “Every moment of major social change requires a collective leap of imagination,” wrote Chang in an article published in The Nation. “Political transformation must be accompanied not just by spontaneous and organized expressions of unrest and risk, but by an explosion of mass creativity.”

Can't Stop Won't StopThe Bonner and Bonner Lecture Series was established in 1992 in honor of Drs. Thomas and Mary Winstead Bonner, ESU’s first and second African American faculty members. Both were tenured professors with a combined 48 years of service and contributions to ESU.