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Hip Hop in the Heartland


Each summer, Urban Word NYC teams up with the University of Wisconsin’s Office of Multicultural Initiatives (OMAI) to offer this weeklong program for teachers, educators, community leaders and education students to learn the best practices in hip-hop and spoken word pedagogy.  Winner of the 2007 North American Association of Summer Sessions “Creative and Innovative Program Award,” this institute brings together the leading educators, professors, emcees and activists utilizing the media of spoken word and hip-hop as relevant, dynamic and necessary educational tools to engage students across multi-disciplinary curricula.  View the HHH flyer >>

Each day, institute participants will learn proven, hands-on techniques that will help them to develop lesson plans and strengthen their course study, as well as create a platform from which they will understand the scope of hip-hop history, culture and politics.  The night programming consists of an all-star cast of lecturers and performers who will synthesize the day trainings with effective strategies and cutting-edge multicultural educational approaches. 2015 Facilitators >>

This year, participants will have the opportunity to create their own lesson plans and presentations with experts in the fields of hip-hop and social justice pedagogy, as well as Theater of the Oppressed practitioners. These opportunities will help educators deepen their practice as spoken word and hip-hop educators, as well as engaging the best practices in  student-centered liberatory education models.

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702 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706


Register before May 15th, 2015 to take advantage of the early registration discount. After May 15th, the cost of attending will increase and spots may not be available if the event has reached its maximum capacity. 

*Groups of 5 or more qualify for an additional discount.

Early Registration: $400 
Early Registration (Groups of 5-9): $350 
Early Registration (Groups of 10+): $325


Questions about the event? Contact Sofia Snow at