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Aug. 23, 2007

Hip-hop journalist kicks off UI lecture series Aug. 27

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee will kick off its fall lecture series Monday, Aug. 27 with hip-hop journalist Jeff Chang. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to this event, which is free and open to the public. The Lecture Committee will present several other talks from notable authors, activists and others this fall; a complete schedule is forthcoming.

In his book "Can't Stop Won't Stop," Chang uses hip-hop as a way to explore the cultural, social and political history of late 20th-century America.

"Can't Stop Won't Stop" recounts the origins of hip-hop and tackles topics as diverse as race relations, media studies, multi- and poly-culturalism, globalization, and the politics of containment and abandonment. The book was an award-winning national bestseller; the Chicago Sun Times called it "the best-argued, most thoroughly researched case for hip-hop as a complete and truly American culture."

Chang grew up in Honolulu, received a master's degree in Asian-American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked as a community, labor and student organizer. He founded an influential record label, SoleSides (now Quannum) and was an organizer of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention. He currently serves as a board member for several organizations working for social change in youth and community organizing.

Dubbed the "Howard Zinn of hip-hop" by, Chang's writing has appeared in Mother Jones, The Village Voice and The Washington Post, among other publications. He has just edited "Total Chaos: The Art & Aesthetics of Hip-Hop," a groundbreaking collection that showcases the voices of hip-hop's pioneers, innovators and mavericks as they trace hip-hop's influence on other mediums, such as theater, poetry, photography, literature, and the visual arts.

The lecture is part of UI's Welcome Week activities. For a complete schedule of activities, see

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MEDIA CONTACTS: University Lecture Committee, 319-335-3407; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,