University of Rochester

EVENT: "France on Fire: Ten Years of Hip Hop," talk by Fairmont State University assistant professor and University of Rochester alumna Erin Hippolyte

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Hawkins Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library on the University's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

October 20, 2006

Recent images of multicultural France have included persistent images of rioting in the industrial suburbs that surround French cities, where a culture of hip hop also has been developing since the 1990s. Hippolyte will discuss how the hip hop scene developed in relationship to the French context and its counterparts around the globe, how the French nation has invited a controlled dialogue with new cultural workers, and the messages hip hop seeks to communicate about the lives of multicultural youth.

An assistant professor of French at Fairmont, Hippolyte received her master's degree in French in 1996 and her doctoral degree in comparative literature from the University of Rochester in 1999. Her talk is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

For more information: Contact (585) 275-4251.