Hip-hop DJs to share stories and history, Nov. 10 and 11


Nov. 10 and 11, the Cornell Hip Hop Collection is hosting roundtable discussions with internationally renowned DJs as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. Guest DJs include Keith Shocklee of Public Enemy; Charlie Chase of the Cold Crush Brothers; Grandwizzard Theodore, the inventor of scratching; and Cornell alumnus Rich Medina ’92.

A flyer for the roundtable discussions with internationally renowned DJs

“This is a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the most historically important and culturally relevant DJs in music history,” said Ben Ortiz, a professional DJ and a collections specialist of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection, which is kept in the Rare and Manuscript Collections of Cornell University Library. “They’ll share life experiences as well as a few songs that are personally meaningful.”

The roundtable discussions titled, “50 Years of the Hip Hop DJ: a Roundtable Discussion with Legends”, will be held on Cornell’s campus and in downtown Ithaca:

The talks compliment a related exhibit organized by Ortiz in the Michael T. Sillerman ’68 Rotunda, level 2B of Carl A. Kroch Library.

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