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Jeff Chang in Conversation

Jeff Chang is back in Arizona!
Join him, along with organizers, scholars, arts leaders and the community in conversation at two public programs. 

Free  |  Open to the Public  |  Flyer

From Hip Hop to Policy-Making
Tuesday, September 11  |   6:30 p.m.  |  Civic Space Park - A.E. England Building

How has Hip Hop culture and Black Lives Matter impacted public policy across the nation? Join ASU's Hip Hop Cluster and Jeff Chang for a discussion exploring the contribution of the Movement for Black Lives, hip hop culture and public policy, using hip hop as a lens for social transformation. Engage with peers, scholars and community organizers in dialogue about local issues, generate ideas, and identify potential solutions. 

Race and Resegregation in the City
Wednesday, September 12  |  7 p.m.  |  Eastlake Park - Community Center

What creative strategies can we imagine to ensure the right to affordable housing, safety and health of historically Black/Brown/Indigenous communities in newly gentrified areas? This public conversation features the vital work of community organizers and arts leaders who have come together to discuss the continued impact of race and resegregation along the south Phoenix light rail. We invite participants to dream together of the  possibilities for more equitable development which centers the lives of those most impacted.

Collette Watson Blackney - Free Press
Lois A. Brown, PhD - Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, ASU
Jeff Chang - Race Forward
Dago Bailon - TransQueer Pueblo
Lola Levesque - Justice That Words
Janey Pearl - Mountain Park Health Center
Ralph Remington - Tempe Center for the Arts

From Hip Hop to Policy-Making - September 11  |  6:30 p.m.

Race and Resegregation in the City - September 12  |  7 p.m.

If you have any questions, contact the CSRD at 602-296-1376 or email

Jeff Chang HeadshotJeff Chang was recently named as Race Forward’s first Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture. He will direct the organization’s narrative programs and expand their work around cultural equity and justice in the arts sector. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

As a social historian, he has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. His first book, “Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation,” won the 2005 American Book Award and is considered an essential cultural history of America. He edited the book, “Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop.”

Who We Be: The Colorization of America,” later renamed “Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America,” was released to critical acclaim. The book won the Ray + Pat Browne Award for Best Work in Popular Culture and American Culture and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Books for a Better Life Award.

His latest book, “We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation,” was named the Northern California Nonfiction Book of the Year, and the Washington Post declared it “the smartest book of the year.” His next project is a biography of Bruce Lee (Little, Brown).

Chang has published scholarly articles on culture and race relations in The Guardian, Slate, The Nation, the New York Times, VIBE, Salon, Buzzfeed and Mother Jones, among others. He co-founded CultureStr/ke, a national network for socially engaged artists and is the founding editor of the daily news website, ColorLines.

Chang has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World,” by KQED as an Asian Pacific American Local Hero, and by the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts as one of its 2016 YBCA 100 list of those “shaping the future of American culture.” With H. Samy Alim, he was the 2014 winner of the St. Clair Drake Teaching Award at Stanford University.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, he is a graduate of ‘Iolani School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

From Hip Hop to Policy Making - Tuesday, September 11

Venue:AE England
     A.E. England Building
     Civic Space Park
     424 N. Central Ave. |  Phoenix, AZ  85004

Directions: The A.E. England Building is located on Central Ave. in the Civic Park Space across from ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus.  For driving directions from your location, visit GoogleMaps.

Parking: There are multiple Visitor Parking options at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus. The closest parking to the A.E. England Building is the ASU Visitor Lot located on the southeast corner of Central Ave. and Fillmore St.  Review the parking map,, for all ASU's parking options. The parking rate is $3/hour.

There is a non-ASU pay-by-the-space lot on the northeast corner of Central Ave. & Fillmore St. and City of Phoenix metered parking is available.

Public Transportation: A.E. England is accessible by light rail and bus. The closest light rail stop is located at Central Ave. & Van Buren St. For more information about public transportation options, visit the Valley Metro:

Race and Resegregation in the City - Wednesday, September 12

Venue:Eastlake Park 2
     Eastlake Park Community Center
     1549 East Jefferson Street
     Phoenix, AZ 85034

Directions:  Eastlake Park is located on E. Jefferson Rd. between 15th and 16th Sts., and is easily accessible from the I-10. For driving directions from your location, visit GoogleMaps.

Parking: There is a small parking lot accessible from E. Jefferson Rd. Metered parking is available along 15th and E. Jackson Sts.

Public Transportation:  Eastlake Park is conveniently accessible by public transporation. The closest Phoenix Light Rail stop is at 12th Street and E. Jefferson St., and there is a bus stop at the park on E. Jefferson St., east of 16th St. Visit for lightrail and bus schedules.

Volunteer at "From Hip Hop to Policy-Making!"

Your service as a volunteer will help make this program a great success and have a positive impact on our community. Be an Architect of Change and sign up to volunteer with the CSRD!

Volunteer Information:

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  • Each volunteer shift is a minimum of 1 hour
  • Volunteers may sign up for multiple shifts
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  • If these shifts do not fit with your schedule, please contact the CSRD at 602-496-1376 to arrange a custom volunteer schedule

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Jeff Chang Flyer
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 6:30pm to Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 9:00pm