Hip Hop Symposium at UIS

African-American Studies looks for interested and committed people to participate at every level for future symposiums:

  • We need performers–Singers/vocalists, Rappers, Dancers, Models, Film-makers, Visual & Graphics Artists, including Photographers.
  • We need speakers.
  • We need people with energy, planning skills and organizational expertise to help on the Planning Committee.
  • We need help with advertising and fund-raising.
  • We need people to help on the days of the event.


If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, volunteer or volunteer them.


Dr. Kamau Kemayo


The First Annual Symposium on Hip Hop Culture took place November 4-5, 2005. Titled IN THE MIX: Cross Dialogues Regarding Hip Hop Culture, it was designed to facilitate discussion about what has been called “one of the most important phenomena in popular culture since television.” Activities included panel presentations, breakout discussions, performances, films and critiques, a fashion show, and an awards banquet.