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"Voices" Lecture Series to Discuss Politics and Pleasures of Hip-Hop

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate: February 11, 2002

Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, local author and faculty member at the University at Albany, will examine the emergence of "hip-hop" as a distinct urban-based culture in the next program of the "Voices" Library Lecture Series at Hudson Valley Community College. The public is invited to attend the program at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

Author of "What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture," Neal teaches courses in African-American Cultural Studies and Critical Theory. He will discuss how urban music speaks to the alienation, isolation and abandonment of black youth in America's cities.

The program is one of several presented by the college during Black History Month. The lecture series continues with two programs in March: "Islam: Myths and Reality" will be presented by Lobna "Luby" Ismail at 11 a.m. on March 13, and "Paths of Professional Women" will feature a diverse panel sharing personal experiences which led them into their careers at noon on Wednesday, March 27.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.