Event Details

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

A Crash Course in Hip Hop History: Learn about the origins of Hip Hop culture and its 40-year journey to Cornell’s archives

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7-9 pm

Urban League of Broward County
560 NW 27th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

$10 per person

Ben Ortiz is the Assistant Curator of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC), which is part of Cornell University Library’s Rare and Manuscript Collections division. The CHHC is the world’s most extensive research archive on Hip Hop music and culture. The CHHC is nearly a decade old and continues to grow each year. It contains an estimated half-million individual artifacts!
We are delighted to host Ben Ortiz for a Faculty Speaker event. Please join us to learn about Hip Hop music and culture.
7:00-7:45 pm: Registration and networking
7:45-8:15 pm: Program – The History of Hip Hop by Ben Ortiz
8:15-9:00 pm: Q&A and additional networking

Ben Ortiz served as an inaugural member of the CHHC’s advisory board upon its creation in 2007, and took on his current role in 2011.  Prior to that, he worked at Cornell in other roles, including Coordinator of K-12 Outreach in the Cornell Public Service Center, Higher/Educational Opportunity Program Counselor in the Office of Minority Educational Affairs (today called OADI – Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives), and Residence Hall Director for the Risley Residential College for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Clara Dickson Hall and the Multicultural Living-Learning Unit (McLLU).

In addition to his position with Cornell Hip Hop Collection, Ben is also active in Ithaca’s local music scene, and can be found rocking dance floors as his alter-ego, DJ ha-MEEN.  Ben is also a painter, mountain biker, and conguero, among other things.

For event questions, please contact Diana Hsu at dph26@cornell.edu.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.