Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, spoke and answered questions about hip hop culture and responsibility in a lecture on Nov. 1, 2008, in the Alice Statler Auditorium. Rose's lecture summarized topics addressed in her book, "The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It Matters." Margaret Washington, professor of history at Cornell University, introduced Rose.
The event was part of a two-day conference celebrating Cornell University Library's acquisition of "Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop," a collection that 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.