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Hip-hop Institute to begin with history course in Fall 2014

A new institute to focus on the music and culture of hip-hop at NCCU will begin in the fall semester with a new 3000-level course titled History of Hip-Hop.

Music producer and scholar Patrick Douthit, also known as 9th Wonder, will lead the class as it “explores the dynamics of hip-hop culture,” said Dr. Jim Harper, chairman of the Department of History.

Topics covered in the class will include the history, political significance and social influence of the genre from its inception to the present day.

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English professors awarded grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

NCCU Department of English professors Dr. Camille Passalacqua and Dr. Rachelle S. Gold have been awarded a $33,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for a new literature course on trauma and healing.

The course will focus on narratives of those enduring traumatic experiences, such as slavery, exile, torture, displacement and war -- ultimately revealing an enduring spirit of hope.

Among the works to be included are excerpts from Aristotle’s Poetics, Homer’s The Odyssey, Shakespeare's Henry V, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a Holocaust memoir, a Hiroshima survival narrative, and more.

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NCCU Jazz Studies performing in Art of Cool Festival

On Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, NCCU Jazz Studies Department will perform in the first Art of Cool Jazz Festival in Durham. NCCU students and employees receive a discount for one-day passes. The code for the 10 percent discount is AOCFEST10. The NCCU Big Band, NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and NCCU Combo will perform. For more info, visit http://aocfestival.org/.

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Vote for Miss NCCU in EBONY Magazine’s 2014 Campus Queens contest

Voting continues for EBONY’s annual HBCU Campus Queens online competition. The Top 10 vote getters will grace the pages of the magazine’s September 2014 issue. Vote online at EBONY.COM for Miss North Carolina Central University Renee Natson.