HPU Associate Professor Of Media And Popular Culture Studies Presents Paper At Louisville Conference


HIGH POINT, N.C., April 29, 2010 – Dr. Judy Isaksen, associate professor of media and popular culture studies in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, recently presented a paper at the College Composition and Communication Conference in Louisville, Ky. The conference, in its 61st year, is attended by professors of writing and communication.

Her paper, titled “Hip-Hop Word Play and Poetic Flow,” explored the tonal richness of hip-hop wordplay, including rhythm, rhyming, and a host of rhetorical schemes, tropes and poetic devices, as well as students? appreciation for such art within the flow of hip hop.

“In the genre of hip hop, flow is an MC’s distinctive lyrical cadence and intonation, usually in relation to a beat, so it inherently relies on tempo and timing, but also poetics,” Isaksen explains. “Etymologically, the word rhythm derives from the Greek rheo, which means ‘flow,’ so flow is where poetry and rhythm intersect.”

“I had a great time sharing pedagogical strategies that engage students to connect with language and words in richer and livelier ways,” Isaksen adds. “And it’s always nice to get feedback from colleagues who are doing similar kinds of teaching.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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