So this is happening right here on our little old campus on March 2!

Dessa credit Kelly Loverud

We’re thrilled to announce that on the evening of March 2nd (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM), nationally known rapper, singer, and writer Dessa will be with us for a dynamic presentation, candid conversation, and a mini musical set (!!!). Her presentation, “Mic Lines: Art, Ethics, and their Contested Connections,” will address some of the critical questions facing hip hop today: Do artists have any special moral responsibilities? Is it possible to write conscientious or peace-oriented lyrics without sounding hopelessly cheesy? Does asking rappers to be mindful of their content amount to censorship? She’ll speak about her experiences on stage and backstage, and discuss some of the social and moral dimensions of hip hop: a force for peace with the power unite communities, but burdened with regressive attitudes about homosexuality; a force to prompt social action, but with some objectionable portrayals of women.

This interactive, multifaceted event will include:

  • A TED-style presentation by Dessa
  • An interview with the artist (with a special guest moderator!) and audience Q&A
  • A few songs from Dessa and her full band

Tickets are $15 (general admission). Space is very limited, so register early to attend this unique event. Doors open at 8:00 and the action begins at 8:30.

*Location: Augsburg College’s Kennedy Center