“People can lead in a lot of ways … Continued
When Mark Katz is wrapping up a semester on the art and culture of the DJ, his travels around the world as director of the Next Level, a U.S. State Department program that brings hip-hop to serve as cultural diplomacy in nations such as Tanzania, Honduras, and Thailand. And when he gets back, he may a have a few dissertation defenses to hear.
Associate Professor Oswaldo Estrada is no stranger to the classroom. He is a current Faculty Fellow as the recipient of the Chapman Family Teaching Award.
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities invites faculty artists to submit proposals for projects that incorporate themes of social justice. According to IAH Director Mark Katz, the initiative will award a total of $25,000 to create works that engage with issues of social justice.
The IAH will host a symposium called “Global Diplomacy and Hip Hop” on Thursday, April 7, 3:30 p.m. -5 p.m. at Hyde Hall. The moderated discussion and jam session with five hip-hop artists will focus on the role of hip-hop in their lives and communities and the power of the global art form as an agent of change.
It was not all policy for Mark Katz, director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, when he met with new UNC System president Margaret Spellings on Tuesday, March 22, as part of the president’s tour of UNC schools. At a gathering in the 1789 Venture Lab in downtown Chapel Hill, Katz first described how, as a music professor, the idea of creating the Beat Making Lab came from teaching a course on arts entrepreneurship.