Governors State University Pre-performance Lecture Focuses on Hip Hop as Learning Tool

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Hip Hop music, poetry, and dance – and how they can be used as an educational tool – will be discussed during a special pre-performance lecture event at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, in Governors State University’s Engbretson Hall.

“Braid Tales – the ZigZags and Twists of Urban Classroom Pedagogy” will explore the relationship between youth development work, Hip Hop performance, and educational efforts at Kuumba Lynx, a Chicago-based arts and education organization.

Kuumba Lynx’s touring production, “Braid Tales,” will be presented at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, at Governors State University Center for Performing Arts.

Panel members at the January 24 lecture include moderator Dr. Rashidah Muhammad, Professor of English and Secondary Education; Jacinda Bullie, co-founder of Kuumba Lynx; Jaquanda Villegas, co-executive director of Kuumba Lynx; Keith Redmond, a member of Kuumba Lynx Adult Ensemble; and Dr. Patrick Santoro, Assistant Professor, Division of Communications, Visual, and Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Braid Tales” is part of GSU Center’s 2012-2013 “One More Night” series, which brings the finest in Chicago-area theatre, dance, and music to local audiences. “One More Night” is made possible by a generous grant from The Chicago Community Trust.

Tickets for “Braid Tales” are $30, $10 for college students, and $5 for high school students. To purchase tickets, or for further information, contact the GSU Center box office at or (708) 235-2222. Student discounts are only available by phone or in person and require a valid school ID.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois.