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Mark Anthony Neal, professor of black popular culture at Duke University, lectured and led a discussion during Cornell University Library's hip hop conference on Nov. 1, 2008, in the Alice Statler Auditorium. Neal has written four books about race, gender, music and popular culture. Danielle Heard, Ph.D. candidate in the department of English at Cornell University, introduced Neal and served as moderator.

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.

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