Free talk to run gamut from hip hop to politics

An expert on race, politics and popular culture will speak at Lincoln University during a free program sponsored by the Hadley Fund.

James Braxton Peterson

James Braxton Peterson

James Braxton Peterson, director of Africana studies and an associate professor of English at Lehigh University, will discuss “A Hip Hop World Order: Critical Listening, Visual Literacy & Verbal Prowess in the 21st Century,” on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the International Cultural Center at Lincoln University, 1655 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, Pa., 19352.

Peterson has written several books, including “The Hip Hop Underground and African American Culture,” “Prison Industrial Complex for Beginners,” and “Hip Hop Headphones: A Scholar’s Critical Playlist.”  He hosts “The Remix,” a podcast on Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate, WHYY, that engages issues at the intersection of race, politics, and popular culture.

In addition, Peterson has written for, The Guardian, The LA Times, Reuters, and The Daily Beast.  He is a media commentator and has appeared on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN, HLN, Fox News, and other networks as an expert on race, politics, and popular culture.

Peterson will sign his books, “Hip Hop Headphones: A Scholar’s Critical Playlist and “Prison Industrial Complex for Beginners,following the lecture.

All Hadley Fund events are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information, call 610-444-1855 or visit Event registration is available at

The Hadley Fund started in 1962 when Hal Holbrook presented “A Night with Mark Twain.” Since then many musicians, lecturers and performers have graced Hadley’s stages, many of whom became famous after they appeared Kennett Square.

Distinguished past performers have included Martin Luther King Jr., Linus Pauling, Julius Erving, Marian Anderson, Alex Haley, Norman Cousins, Ogden Nash and Gloria Steinem. More recently, Hadley seasons have included lectures by Stephen Kress on puffins, Jerrold Post on terrorism, Linda Ales on photography, and award-winning journalists Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele on health policies.

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