The Elements: Hip Hop Cyphers


Graffiti Cpyher: WILD STYLE

"Wild Style: Live and Interactive Graffiti Installation"
April 18, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., STEPS Lawn

Max Meano, Mural/Graffitti Artist

Max Meano, based in Bethlehem PA, with works throughout the east coast, is an all around artist, driven by creativity. He had his start in graffiti and aerosol art, and eventually expanded to murals, canvas, skin art, digital design and much more.


Embodiment Cypher: GET YA MIND RIGHT

"Hip-Hop Theatre: Dramatizing Mental Health through Beats, Rhymes & Dance"
April 17, 4:10 - 5:30 p.m.Rommele Global Commons, Williams Hall

Dr. Sharrell Luckett, Assistant Professor Theatre and Performance Studies
Muhlenberg College

Sharrell D. Luckett, PhD is Assistant Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies at Muhlenberg College. An accomplished scholar and author, she is a teacher of Hip-Hop Dramatic Literature and innovative pedagogies.

Dr. Jonathan Lassiter, Assistant Professor Psychology
Muhlenberg College

Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, Ph.D is a 21st century polymath utilizing psychology, writing, and dance to help others heal and thrive. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Muhlenberg College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and a freelance choreographer. He is co-editor of Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation (Lexington Books, 2017), which won the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association's Achievement Award.


DJ Cypher: “Check the Technique: DJing the Sounds of the Boogie Down"

April 18, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Rommele Global Commons, Williams Hall


Dr. Andrew McIntosh, Assistant Professor Sociology
Northampton Community College

Andrew McIntosh is a lifelong DJ who married his love for Hip Hop and scholarship first at Bard College, Annandale, NY. He has taught "Pass the Peas: The Sociology of Hip Hop" for 16 years at Lehigh University, a class born from his graduate work there. He currently holds an appointment of Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus, is excited about his first publication this year and continues to DJ throughout PA, NJ and NY.

"Check the Technique: DJing the Sounds of the Boogie Down" will be an interactive showcase of Hip Hop music's foundational element: the DJ. Discussion will focus on the history of hip hop DJing with a demonstration of DJ techniques as well as showcase influential performers. Come on and get down with the get down.


Networking and Performance Cyphers

Dr. A. D. Carson

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Networking Cypher April 19, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Goodman Lobby, Zoellner Arts Center

Performance Cypher April 20, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Hip Hop Show
Fowler Blast Furnace Room, Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA

Lunch Caucus April 21, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
"Expressive Cultures/Multimodal Scholarship"
Maginnes Hall 270



Performance Cypher: ACT LIKE YOU KNOW


Hip Hop theatre is alive and well at Lehigh University! Showcasing a mash-up of performance styles including dance, rap, spoken word and more; this show will remix and adapt 10 years of memorable acts from professor Kashi Johnson’s innovative Hip Hop theatre course ‘Act Like You Know.'