If all art is political, what are the political, cultural, and societal implications of rap? What does rap convey about the state of society today? Using music as a catalyst for discussion, Rap 101 explores contemporary popular culture, diversity issues, and social justice through the lyrics of popular rap music. Sometimes called modern day poetry, rap is an integral part of modern culture. There is no question that music provides a social commentary. It has been said that if you want to understand what is going on in any community, listen to its music. Eric Davis facilitates a conversation with audiences about the dominant ideology found in mainstream news media and the status quo, to explore what we can do individually and societally to stimulate social change.
Eric Davis, aka “Professor E,” has been facilitating Rap 101 sessions for over 20 years. He is a member of the Sociology faculty at Bellevue College, where he teaches Introductory Sociology, the Sociology of Blacks in America, Race & Ethnic Relations, the Sociology of Sport, and numerous Popular Culture courses. Davis is also a member of the University of Washington (UW) Consulting Alliance where he facilitates workshops, provides coaching and teaches professional and organizational development courses. From 2004 to 2009, Eric was an Academic Adviser in the UW Athletic Department. Prior to that position, he was the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University and Director of Campus Diversity at North Seattle Community College. Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Education from Seattle University.
Funded project of Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. Humanities Washington is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.