HPU Professor Gives Presentation, Serves on Panels at New Orleans Conference

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HIGH POINT, N.C., April 15, 2009 – Dr. Judy Isaksen, associate professor of media and popular culture studies in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion of scholars exploring “The Obama Effect on Contemporary Black Music Culture” at the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, held April 8-11 in New Orleans.

Isaksen, the only woman on the six-member panel, represented hip-hop feminism and explored the hopeful ways in which the loving relationship and family strength of the Obamas will productively alter how hip-hop constructs the representations and identity politics of women, mothers and family.

Isaksen also presented her paper, “The Rhetorical Roots of Hip Hop,” which explores the African roots of various discursive concepts that have traveled across centuries to contemporary Black oral traditions and are currently surfacing within hip-hop discourse.

“This is part of a larger project I am working on, so it was really beneficial to get feedback from other scholars within the hip-hop nation,” notes Isaksen.

Isaksen also served as a chair/discussant of a panel on Black music.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 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. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. 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 www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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