Hip Hop Panel Wraps Up University Lecture Series

Chuck D, Da Brat, Karrine Steffans, Byron Hurt and Bridget Gray take the Sun Dome stage Nov. 27


TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2007) Some of the top names in Hip Hop, Da Brat, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Karrine Steffans, Bridget Gray and Byron Hurt take part in a panel to offer their “Perspectives of Hip Hop in Today’s Society” at the University of South Florida Nov. 27, 7 p.m. in the USF Sun Dome.  Tickets are $3 for faculty, staff and alumni and $8 for non-USF attendees. 


            Co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D is known for his communication skills onstage and off, on television and from the lectern. He weaves the legacy of his groundbreaking group into his singular message about race, rap and equality today.


            Steffans achieved notoriety for her Confessions of a Video Vixen. She will assess contemporary hip-hop culture in her provocative presentation focusing on the dangers of the entertainment industry, the abuses and ultimately, the potential for redemption. 


            Hurt is the creator and producer of the award-winning documentary “I AM A MAN.” Poet Gray has appeared in numerous music videos along with cameo appearances on television and in films including Austin Powers 2. MC Da Brat, the first female hip hop artist to reach platinum album status, has made her name as a tough and profane rhymer and has appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club.” 


Maya Angelou and Spike Lee are scheduled to appear at USF in 2008.


For more information visit http://uls.usf.edu/speakers.htm or call (813) 974-5940.


The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It is one of Florida's top three research universities.  USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.  The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.  USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference. 

- USF -