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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tupac Conference coming, minus the hologram


If Mama Shakur liked Tupac’s hologram, who am I to judge. But the recent performance at Coachella did prove that even a 3D image is pretty one dimensional when it comes to representing the most polarizing rapper of all time.

But a more complete picture is in the works. Scheduled for September 28-29 of this year at Atlanta’s AU Center, the first Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference — themed Hip Hop, Education and the Archival Imagination — will give scholars and students the chance to philosophize on the life and works of the Thug Immortal, education, and hip hop culture overall. The Robert W. Woodruff Library on the campus of Clark Atlanta University permanently houses the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection, which opened to the public last year on the 15th anniversary of his death. The collection comprises 30 boxes of material, including song lyrics, poems, memorabilia, fan mail, manuscripts, personal letters written and received by Tupac, press clippings, even a handwritten video treatment for “Dear Mama,” his hit dedication to Afeni Shakur, inducted into the Library of Congress since his death.

If you’re interested in submitting a paper for the upcoming conference, abstracts are being accepted until April 23. For more info, check out the conference’s Facebook page or website, or email the organizers at

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