2019 Commencement Forum
Professor Tricia Rose’s (Ph.D. ’93) 1994 award-winning book, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, which was based on her Brown University dissertation, is still considered a foundational text for the study of hip hop, one that has defined what is now an entire field of study. To mark the 25th anniversary of this groundbreaking work, Rose and music critic and scholar Scott Poulson-Bryant (B.A. ’08) will discuss hip hop culture, Black Noise, and its legacy.
- Tricia Rose is the Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown University. Rose’s research focuses on the socio-political meaning of African American culture, the role of race in American life, and storytelling’s ability to both empower and imperil women and marginalized groups.
- Scott Poulson-Bryant is a music critic, writer, journalist, academic, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Fordham University with research and teaching interests in 20th-century African American literature and popular culture; gender; sexuality studies; the 1970s; film and media; and American Studies. He is also a co-founding editor of VIBE magazine.