Pittsburgh Humanities Festival: Rap Lyrics on Trial

Date and Times: 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

SPACE Gallery
812 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

CLE Credit Information: 

CLE Credit for this event is free with a purchase of a festival pass plus attendance. (Purchase a festival pass.)

Pitt Law's Innovation Practice Institute with Legal Means is proud to sponsor "Rap Lyrics On Trial" a discussion event part of the first Pittsburgh Humanities Festival. This discussion will occur Mar. 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at SPACE Gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The politicization of rap music has intensified dramatically in recent months as rap artists have lent their voices and influence to support the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Professors Erik Nielson and Charis Kubrin are experts on the use of rap lyrics as evidence of criminal activity. At SPACE Gallery during the Humanities Festival they will discuss this important issue within the context of the Elonis case, which is currently before the United States Supreme Court, as well as the Jamal Knox case, involving a Pittsburgh rapper who is in prison for his song that protested the shooting of his friend by a Pittsburgh police officer.

Learn more about the festival at trustarts.org/events/festivals/pittsburgh-humanities-festival.