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Wednesdays, February 21 – March 14, 6 – 8pm

Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, NY, c. 1947. William P. Gottlieb / Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

$200; members $180

4 classes

About the Class

Rich Medina is a well-known DJ and scholar of hip-hop history. Join him for this special course exploring Dr. Barnes’s relationship with the African-American community, with particular focus on Barnes’s love of spirituals and his involvement with the Harlem Renaissance. Drawing on material from the Foundation’s archives, Medina will lead a lively discussion about race and culture in both the early 20th century and today.


Rich Medina

Medina is part of Cornell University’s advisory board for the Cornell Hip Hop Collection. A featured speaker at TEDxPhilly in 2011, he has lectured and moderated panel discussions for Cornell’s music and Africana departments and was a guest professor for summer programs in 2016 and 2017.