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History of Hip Hop Topic of Black History Month Talk at Moravian College

Kashi JohnsonBethlehem, Pa., February 18, 2011--Kashi Johnson, associate professor of theatre at Lehigh University, will present "Hip Hop History: Beats, Rhymes & Life," at Moravian on Monday, February 21, at 7 p.m. in UBC Room, Haupert Union Building. The program is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Johnson is an Equity actress, director, producer and associate professor in the Department of Theatre at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in performance, African American theatre and hip hop theatre.

In the community, Johnson has regularly led theater workshops with junior high and high school students enrolled in S.T.A.R. Academy since 1999. S.T.A.R. (Students That Are Ready), is an early intervention program designed to enhance the academic performance of at-risk middle/high school aged children. Committed to discovering and nurturing new voices for the state, Johnson is the co-founder of RedSun Productions, a Lehigh Valley based theatrical production company dedicated to cultivating hip hop theater artists and showcasing cutting-edge hip hop theater.

She received her M.F.A. in acting from the University of Pittsburgh, her B.A. in theatre is from Lehigh University. Johnson is a member of the Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Association of Theatre in High Education (ATHE). She received the Dorothy & Donald L. Stabler award for excellence in teaching and was appointed the Class of '61 professor at Lehigh University in 2007.

The program is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Gloria Guth at 610-625-7847.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's Web site at www.moravian.edu.