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NCCU to Unveil New Partnership with Hip-Hop Scholar 9th Wonder
Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will announce a new artist-in-residence in the College of Arts and Sciences on Monday, April 14.

Patrick Douthit, also known as Grammy Award-winning producer and scholar 9th Wonder, will return to NCCU in fall 2014 and teach an interdisciplinary course on hip-hop context and culture that will be based in the Department of History. Douthit served as an adjunct professor at NCCU from 2006-2009.

A press conference is scheduled from noon to 12:30 p.m., in the Emma Marable Conference Room in the William Jones Building. Douthit, along with NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White and Dr. Jim Harper, chair of the NCCU Department of History, will be available to discuss the course and how this cross discipline academic offering will examine the impact of hip-hop culture on society as it continues to evolve globally.

*A preview of the announcement is available here.*

Patrick Douthit, P.K.A., 9th Wonder, is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., and has served as an assistant professor and the Nasir Jones Fellow in the W.E.B. Dubois Institute at Harvard University. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at Duke University. He has lectured at universities across the country, including University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. Douthit is the CEO of JAMLA Records, and has been the subject of two feature documentaries, “The Wonder Year” and “The Hip-Hop Fellow,” both produced by Kenneth Price. The later film, “The Hip-Hop Fellow,” premiered recently at the 2014 Full Frame Film Festival. Douthit has worked with some of the music industry’s most successful artists, including Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Drake and Chris Brown. He also serves as director of Creative Outreach and Business Development for Lifted Research Group (LRG).

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