The Delaplaine partners with Frederick Community College (FCC) and Frederick County Public Libraries to present the Hip Hop Lecture Series, an exploration of rap music within its social, cultural, and visual artistic contexts. The program is a community-based version of FCC’s The Language of Hip Hop course and aims to encourage more people to engage in dialog around the issues facing the community through the use of hip hop music and the visual arts.

Shemica Sheppard, Associate Professor of English at FCC, will facilitate each session. Her hope for the lecture series is two-fold. “Adding diversity to programming in Frederick to match both interests and the population allows for cultural literacy, as well as an appreciation for the cultures represented,” Shemica explains. “In addition, the lectures are laying the groundwork for much-needed conversations about what is going on in our society, using the most popular musical genre in the world as a starting point. My hope is that this is only the beginning.” All are invited to participate in the free programs.

See Programs at a Glance for dates, topics, and artists for each session.

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