Award-winning Author Bettina Love to Give Lecture, Community Workshop

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Award-winning author Bettina Love will give a lecture and community workshop on teaching, social change and intersectionality on March 14.

Love is the author of Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South and an associate professor at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways urban youth negotiate Hip-Hop music and culture to form social, cultural and political identities. Love also explores new ways of thinking about urban education and culturally relevant pedagogical approaches for urban learners.

“Dr. Love’s work exemplifies applied learning in action – as a teacher, a writer, an intellectual and an activist, she is firmly committed to bringing both the community into the classroom and the classroom into the community,” said Katherine Montwieler, director of UNCW Women’s Studies and Resource Center.

Love will present “Hip-Hop Feminism, Civic Engagement and Our Future: A Call to Action” at 11 a.m. in the Azalea Coast Room in the Fisher University Union.

The community workshop begins at 5 p.m. in the Wrightsville Beach Room in the UNCW Fisher Student Center. Workshop participants will learn the ins and out of “GET FREE,” a multimedia hip-hop civics curriculum for youth and young adults. The workshop will introduce young people and educators to a national network of young community leaders, artists and activists who advocate for social change and democratic inclusion driven by grassroots organization.

“Participants will learn more effective ways of reaching students and working together to create an education that inspires students from all walks of life and encourages community engagement and civic participation,” Montwieler said.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Studies and Resource Center, Office of the Arts, the Watson College of Education, OIDI, the LGBTQIA Resource Office, the Upperman African American Center, Undergraduate Studies and the Honors College.

-- Venita Jenkins