Hip-hop scholar Tricia Rose to speak on 'Making Black Lives Matter' Feb. 11

Luther College's Africana Studies department is celebrating Black History Month with a visit by hip-hop scholar Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

Rose will deliver the lecture, "Making Black Lives Matter," at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall, with a reception to follow. The lecture and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Rose's lecture explores the contentious issues provoked by the Black Lives Matter movement and connects them to forms of structural racism within housing, criminal justice, education, wealth and the media.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Luther's Diversity Center and the Center for Ethics and Public Life.

Born and raised in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City, Rose graduated from Yale University where she received a bachelor's degree in sociology. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University.

Rose has taught at New York University and the University of California at Santa Cruz and since 2006 has been a professor of Africana Studies at Brown. An internationally respected scholar of post-civil rights era black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, gender and sexuality, she has received awards and scholarly fellowships for her teaching from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Association of University Women.

Most well-known for her groundbreaking book on the emergence of hip-hop culture, Rose's "Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America" is considered a foundational text for the study of hip-hop. "Black Noise" won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1995, was voted among the top 25 books of 1995 by the Village Voice and in 1999 was listed by Black Issues in Higher Education as one of its "Top Books of the Twentieth Century."

In 2003 Rose published a rare oral narrative history of black women's sexual life stories, called "Longing To Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy" and in 2008, returned to hip-hop to challenge the field she helped found, with "The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop—And Why It Matters."

In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Rose speaks to a broad public audience on issues related to African-American culture, U.S. social issues, gender and inequality.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.