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Kendrick Lamar, Urban Prophet?

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305 Mondays and Wednesdays 10:10AM-11AM 46318First

Kendrick Lamar  is one of the most influential hip-hop artists of second decade of the 21st century. He has gained critical acclaim for his lyrics but also his social consciousness. This course will examine his development as a prolific lyricist, entertainer, cultural icon,  and power broker. As a part of the course students will critique his music (past and current), discuss its cultural meaning and assess its social impact.

Professor Information

Steven Waller

Associate Professor

  • Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport Studies
  • Education, Health, and Human Sciences
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Dr. Waller is an associate professor in the sport management program, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies. He teaches personnel management, administration of recreation/sport organizations, sport finance, research methods, facility planning and development, research methods and sport and religion in global society. He has published widely in the areas of sport, recreation, and integration of sport and religion. He holds doctorates from Michigan State University (Public Administration/Recreation Administration) and United Theological Seminary (Pastoral Care and Counseling/ Theology). He also is a contributing author and editor of the book 42: Essays on the Intersection of Race, Class, Spirituality and Sport in the Jackie Robinson Story (The Book Patch-Wilshire Press, 2014). He is also the author of Leisure and Fellowship in the Life of the Black Church: Theology and Praxis (Xlibris, 2015). One of his major pastimes is music history and its impact on urban lifestyles.

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