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Rap artist Chuck D to speak on Hearst Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa

January 22, 2003

Gayle Pohl co-chair, UNI Hearst Lecture Series, (319) 273-6308
Christopher Martin, co-chair, UNI Hearst Lecture Series, (319) 273-2788
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'An Evening with Chuck D,' a lecture by rap artist and Internet visionary Chuck D, is the next program for the University of Northern Iowa's 2002-2003 Hearst Lecture Series, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Lang Hall Auditorium. Admission is open to the public and free of charge, with a reception to follow in the Lang Hall lounge.

As leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture, according to Gayle Pohl, co-chair of the UNI Hearst Lecture Series. 'His explosive messages address sensitive issues such as race, rage and inequality with a shocking sense of intelligence and eloquence.'

The group released seven albums in 13 years, all meeting with critical acclaim from publications such as Time and The Source. In 1999, The New York Times named Public Enemy's music to its list of the '25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century.'

Pohl says the media has anointed Chuck D the spokesperson and major proponent of music on the Internet. In 1999, he launched a multi-format 'supersite' on the Web, His outspoken advocacy of the Web has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today and The Industry Standard. He also was named to Upsider magazine's 'Elite 100' list of Internet leaders, alongside the likes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

This year's Hearst series, subtitled 'Envisioning Communities: Questioning Assumptions,' is made possible through support by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, created by an endowment from James Schell Hearst, author, poet and professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 until his retirement in 1975.

The Department of Communication Studies and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UNI sponsor the 2002-2003 Hearst Lecture Series.