Co-creator of #HipHopEd to give Schewel lecture

Thursday March 6 2014


chris emdinDr. Christopher Emdin, co-creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, will give the 2014 Rosel Schewel Lecture in Education and Human Diversity on Tangible Tools: Teaching and Learning from the Student’s Standpoint on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center.

A professor at Columbia University, Dr. Emdin explores current educational buzz words, bridges the divides between theory and practice, and provides tangible tools for educators on improving their practice.

He is a social critic, public intellectual, and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality, and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College at Columbia University where he also serves as director of science education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is currently a Caperton Fellow and Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the WEB DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

As co-creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, he is a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics including hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector.

Dr. Emdin writes the provocative “Emdin 5” series on a number of contemporary social issues for the Huffington Post. He is also author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation.                                                        

Dr. Emdin holds a PhD in urban Education with a concentration in mathematics, science, and technology, master’s degrees in both natural sciences and education administration, and bachelor’s degrees in physical anthropology, biology, and chemistry.

A reception and book signing follow the lecture.

Now in its 23rd year, the Rosel Schewel Lecture in Education and Human Diversity is brought annually to the campus and community by an endowment established by Elliot Schewel in honor of his wife. The purpose of the event is to help educate citizens and focus discussion on a topic that is important to all Americans.