A panel of speakers featuring Jeff Chang, hip hop historian and award-winning author of "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation," opened a two-day conference marking Cornell University Library's acquisition of the collection, "Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop." The welcoming remarks were made on Oct. 31, 2008, in Bailey Hall.

Other speakers at the dedication included: Reverend Kenneth I. Clarke, Sr., director of Cornell United Religious Work; Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian; Johan Kugelberg, collector and author of "Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop"; and Sean Eversley Bradwell, assistant professor at the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College.

Cornell's Born in the Bronx collection documents the early days of hip hop with recordings, photographs, posters and more. Events on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2008 included music, performances and lectures by several of hip hop's founders, and roundtable discussions led by prominent speakers from the hip hop and academic communities.

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