Christopher Smith will give “Hip-Hop, Gender, and the American Dream” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Geneva Room. Smith's talk will address hip-hop music videos, bodies, and the politics of the American dream. There will be a round table discussion in the Fisher Center at 8:45 a.m. on the morning following the lecture.
Smith recently completed his Ph.D. in media and cultural studies, and is currently a visiting professor at Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. His research interests include 20th century American history, innovation management, and consumer-spending trends fostered by new technology. His published work appears in the edited volumes of Music and the Racial Imagination and Kitchen Culture in America: Representations Food, Gender and Race, and is on reserve in the library. He has also written extensively about popular culture for publications such as Elle; Interview; The Source; XXL; and Vibe.