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.
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.