Jeff Chang, journalist and music critic, will talk about “Who We Be: The Colonization of America” on Mon., Feb. 7, at 7pm in the Irvin L. Young Auditorium. It’s the first Spring 2011 Contemporary Issues Lecture, sponsored by the College of Letters and Sciences. Mr. Chang has a blog; the “Reader” section provides some background information about him.
Chang’s forthcoming book (with the same title as his talk) discusses multiculturalism in America over the last 30 years. His previous books are Total chaos: The art and aesthetics of hip-hop and Can’t stop, won’t stop: A history of the hip-hop generation. The latter title is available from Andersen Library’s 3rd-floor Main Collection (call number ML3531 .C5 2005). The other title is available online via the “Music Online: African American Music Reference” database.
You can search the Library’s article databases for articles written by Mr. Chang, such as “The Creativity Stimulus” (Nation, 5/4/2009, vol. 288:no.17, pp.14-16), which discussed the debate over whether U.S. artists should be included in the economic stimulus plan, and “Culture Before Politics” (American Prospect, Jan/Feb2011, vol. 22:no.1, p27-29), which “discusses the importance of cultural change in the success of implementing political change.”
Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding materials.