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May 5 / Christine Illichmann

Dr. Kafi Kumasi Presents 2017 Gryphon Lecture

On April 28, SLIS faculty member Dr. Kafi Kumasi delivered the 2017 Gryphon Lecture at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. Her lecture, entitled “Check the Rhyme: Harnessing Hip Hop’s Enduring Literacies with Teens Through Libraries”, focused on “…the enduring literacies of Hip Hop that teachers and librarians can use to honor students’  knowledge and social justice concerns in the learning process.” (

The Gryphon Lecture is presented each Spring at the iSchool at Illinois and is sponsored by the school’s Center for Children’s Books. The lecture series features leading scholars in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture.

Dr. Kumasi’s lecture can be watched in its entirety by clicking the image below or by clicking here.

Dr. Kumasi is a research fellow at the iSchool at Illinois for the 2016-2018 academic years. At the conclusion of her fellowship, she will return to the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University where she teaches courses related to school library media, urban librarianship, multicultural services and resources and research methods.

More information on the Gryphon Lecture:

Gryphon Lecture Announcement Featuring Dr. Kumasi:

Screenshot from original video by the iSchool at the University of Illinois.