6th Annual Lecture on Multiculturalism
9, 2004 at 7:30pm
Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of History
and Africana Studies at New York University. he is the author of
the prize-winning books, Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During
the Great Depression (1990) and Race Rebels: Culture Politics
and the Black Working Class (1994); co-editor (with Sidney J.
Lemelle) of Imagining Home: Class, Culture and Nationalism in
the African Diaspora (1994); and general editor (with Earl Lewis)
of the eleven volume Young Oxford History of African Americans (Oxford
University Press). He wrote Volume 10, titled Into the Fire:
African Americans Since 1970 (1996) and co-authored Volume 9, We
Changed the World: African Americans, 1945-1969 (1998), with
Vincent Harding and Earl Lewis.
His most recent book, Yo' Mama's
DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (Beacon
Press, 1997) was selected one of the top ten books of 1998 by the
He has published numerous articles covering
a wide range of topics, including the black urban poor, Malcolm X,
oral history, South African radicalism, cultural studies, Pan-Africanism,
jazz and rap music. His essays have appeared in several anthologies
and journals, including The Voice Literacy Supplement, New
York Times Magazine, The Nation, Monthly Review, One
World, ColorLines, Journal of American History, Lenox
Avenue, Callahoo, New Politics, Black
Renaissance/Renaissance Noir, The American Historical Review, New
York Newsday, New York Daily Challenge, Boston
Review, Fashion Theory, Social Text, and Radical
History Review, among others.
He is currently completing a book titled Misterioso:
In Search of Thelonious Monk, as well as a general history
of African Americans with authors Tera Hunter and Earl Lewis.
Affiliations: Society of American Historians;
New York State Council for the Humanities, Board of Directors; Editorial
Board, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire; Editorial Advisory
Committee, Center for Black Music Research (includes Black Music
Research Journal, Lenox Avenue, and the book series Music of
the Black Diaspora, published by University of California Press);
Editorial Advisory Board, book series Culture, Politics, and the
Cold War, University of Massachusetts Press; Board of Directors,
American Social History Project, Hunter College; Board of Directors,
Davis-Putter Fund; Editorial Board, Journal of American History;
Series Editor (with Jan Radway, Duke University), Popular Cultures,
Everyday Lives, Columbia University Press; Editorial Collective, Radical
History Review; National Historical Publications and Records
Commission; Organization of American Historians; Board of Governors,
Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, Brandeis University.
Fellowships/Honors: Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral
Sciences, Stanford University, 1997-1998; Visiting Fellow, American Studies
Program, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1996-1997; ABC CLIO Award
(Best Scholarly Article that Advances the Field of U.S. History), Organization
of American Historians, 1995; Outstanding Book Award, National Conference
of Black Political Scientists, 1995; Institute for the Humanities, University
of Michigan, 1994-1995; National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship
for University Teachers, 1994-1995; Stephen A. Stone Research Award,
University of Michigan, 1993-1995; Elliot Rudwick Prize, Organization
of American Historians, 1991; co-winner of Francis Butler Simkins Prize,
Southern Historical Association, 1991; Outstanding Book on
Human Rights, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in
the U.S., 1991; Fellow,Institute for Research on Poverty, University
of Wisconsin, Madison, 1990-1991.
Baker, Houston A., "Hybridity,
the Rap Race., and Pedagogy for the 1990's." In Constance Penley
and Andrew Ross, eds., Technoculture: Cultural Politics.
vol. 3 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991), 197-209.
Kelley, Robin D. G. "Kickin'
Reality, Kickin' Ballistics: Gangsta Rap and Postindustrial Los Angeles." in
William Eric Perkins, ed., Droppin' Science: Critical Essays on Rap
and Hip Hop Culture (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996)
Kelley, Robin D. G."We
are not what we seem: Rethinking black working class opposition in
the Jim Crow South." The Journal of American History 80
(June 1993) 75-113 (Available through ProQuest database)
Kelley, Robin D. G. "The
people in me." The Utne Reader 95 (Sept. 1999) 79-81.
(Available through HELIN - Salve Regina-stacks.)
Kelley, Robin D. G. "House
negroes on the loose: Malcolm X and the black bourgeoisie." Callaloo 21
(Spring 1998) 419-436. (Available URI-stacks.)
Kelley, Robin D. G. "The
crisis." The Village Voice (March 5, 1996) SS6-SS12.
Buhle, Paul and Robin
D. G. Kelley. "The oral history of the Left in the United States:
A survey and interpretation." The Journal of American History 76
(Sept. 1989) 537-551. (Available URI-stacks.)
Kelley, Robin D. G. "Integration:
'What's left?'" The Nation 267 (Dec. 14, 1998) 17-19.
(Available through ProQuest database.)
Winkler, Karen J. "Robin
Kelley's work on race and class explores culture politics and oppression." The
Chronicle of Higher Education 21 (Feb. 6, 1998) A13+. (Available
through ProQuest database.)
Perkins, William Eric. "Youth's
Global Village: An Epilogue." in William Eric Perkins, ed.,
Droppin' Science: Critical Essays on Rap and Hip Hop Culture (Philadelphia:
Temple University Press, 1996) 258-.271.
Rose, Tricia. "A
Style Nobody Can Deal With: Politics, Style and the Postindustrial
City in Hip Hop." in Avery F. Gordon and Christopher Newfield,
eds., Mapping Multiculturalism (Minneapolis: University
of Minnesota Press, `996) 424-444.
the URI Multicultural Center are not responsible for the content of
the following Web sites.)
Rap and Hip Hop
What's the difference between rap and hip hop? This essay explores that
question and the future of hip hop.
Crimes: The Writing on the Wall
The ultimate graffiti Web site with photos, conference information, links,
gear, resources and more.
Essay on graffiti art from jump!
Magazine, a publication of William and Mary College.
Bring the Noise - The
Golden Age of Rap
An album by album history of rap and hip hop music
from Gadfly Magazine.
Appropriations of Hip-Hop Culture in the Internet and Nairobi
A study that attempts to show how specific communities of youth relate
to hip-hop's expressive form and ideological authenticity.
- The Ultimate Hip Hop Directory
Resource list of links to graffiti art sites around
Hip Hop Culture and a Common Challenge
From the Tribuno
del Pueblo, a newspaper published by the League
of Revolutionaries for a New America (LRNA) in Chicago
Hop Culture Essays
A collection of essays submitted by visitors to Mr. Blunt's Hip Hop HomePage.
Hop Graffiti Culture
Essay From the Newcastle, Australia Youth Arts Officer
Hip Hop Links
Like the title says, a list of links to artist and fan Web sites.
Searchable dictionary and related rap and hip hop information.
Cultures: Hip Hop
An overview of the Hip Hop culture from Culture Shock,
a site that explores modern youth cultures.