Hip Hop Research Inspired by 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Samantha Cantrall ‘14, an Augsburg undergrad and volunteer with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, conducted a grant funded study this summer with URGO (The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity). Cantrall’s study explores why rap music was so prevalent in the uprisings of Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen. Among other interesting insights, the work takes a close look at how rap music functioned as an effective conduit for expressing the desire for increased freedom of speech in Arab nations. Cantrall was inspired to begin this project after hearing rapper and singer Dessa speak at the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

To learn more about Ms. Cantrall’s research and URGO click here.

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