The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is Proud to Present
Ethics and Hip Hop: A Discussion with Dessa
Note: this event will take place at Augsburg College in the Kennedy Center
We’re thrilled to announce that on the evening of March 2nd (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM), nationally known rapper, singer, and writer Dessa will be with us for a dynamic presentation, candid conversation, and a mini musical set (!!!). Her presentation, “Mic Lines: Art, Ethics, and their Contested Connections,” will address some of the critical questions facing hip hop today: Do artists have any special moral responsibilities? Is it possible to write conscientious or peace-oriented lyrics without sounding hopelessly cheesy? Does asking rappers to be mindful of their content amount to censorship? She’ll speak about her experiences on stage and backstage, and discuss some of the social and moral dimensions of hip hop: a force for peace with the power unite communities, but burdened with regressive attitudes about homosexuality; a force to prompt social action, but with some objectionable portrayals of women.
This interactive, multifaceted event will include:
- A TED-style presentation by Dessa
- An interview with the artist (with a special guest moderator!) and audience Q&A
- A few songs from Dessa and her full band
Tickets are $15 (general admission). Space is very limited, so register early to attend this unique event. Doors open at 8:00 and the action begins at 8:30.
Official registration site: http://nppftickets.universitytickets.com/
*WIN BACKSTAGE PASSES: The first 200 people to buy tickets will be entered in a drawing for two backstage passes, which include dessert with Dessa and her band after the event.
Dessa will also deliver a welcome message earlier in the day to the Nobel Peace Prize Forum’s Education Day participants with Nobel Laureate F.W. de Klerk (1:00 PM on March 2). Visit our program page for complete details and registration information.