SC State to host a Hip Hop Symposium ~ April 15-16

Sunday, April 13, 2008



Join a Hip-Hop Symposium of knowledge, lectures and a panel discussion with an open mic sponsored by Whittaker Library on April 15-16, at the John W. Matthews, Jr. 1890 Extension Center auditorium, 810 Goff Ave. on the campus of SC State University.

Dr. Corrie Claiborne and Mr. Gary Dawkins will discuss the topic “Where Is Hip-Hop Going,” on Tuesday, April 15 from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., and the panel discussion and open mic will be held on Wednesday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“We are endeavoring to study the body of literature and knowledge of Hip-Hop culture as a means to providing information literacy to our students,” states Sherman Pyatt, coordinator of collection development at the Whittaker Library at SC State.

The Symposium will assist the Whittaker Library to meet an objective of academic libraries to basic information literacy standards. According to the American Library Association Standards, information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.

“We are looking at the body of literature on Hip-Hop culture as a means of providing information literacy to our students and the community at large,” Pyatt said. “Engaging students and community persons to identify problems, search for answers and discussing these issues in a critical manner, is our main goal; we want people to begin to develop a mindset about the importance of critical thinking and critical writing with the ultimate goal of producing lifelong learners,” he continued.

The public is invited to attend. For more information on the Symposium, contact Sherman Pyatt at 803.516.4660 or visit the website at