Monday, June 16, 2014

AUC's Tupac Shakur Collection Conference goes digital

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 5:05 PM

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When the Robert W. Woodruff Library opened the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection on the campus of Atlanta University Center in September 2012, it coincided with the inaugural Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference: "Hip Hop, Education and Expanding the Archival Imagination."

Today, on what would've been Tupac's 43rd birthday, AUC has unveiled it's new digital archive of that conference. It includes the scholarly papers, PowerPoint presentations, and videos of conference sessions and speakers.

Video highlights from the conference feature educators, historians, and scholars from across the country, including full panels and keynote addresses from Georgia State University's Dr. Akinyele Umoja ("Tupac, the Hip Hop Generation and Multiple Consciousness"), Dr. Mark Anthony Neal ("Tupac 2.0: The Future of Black Masculinity and the Tupac Hologram"), and Dr. Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar ("Tupac, Trap Music and the Politics of the Prison Industrial System"), and Kevin Powell ("Tupac Shakur, Barack Obama, and the Future of Hip Hop America").

Other panels and presentations available on video cover such topics as "Tupac's Critical Call for a Better Legal System," "Documenting Houston Hip Hop," and "The Hip Hop Collection at Cornell University." Panelists include Dr. Regina Bradley of OutKasted Conversations. The actual collection of Tupac's works, housed at Robert W. Woodruff Library on the campus of Clark Atlanta University, includes Tupac's handwritten manuscripts, song lyrics, track listings, video and album treatments, short stories, and other items.

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