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Marc Lamont Hill Honored for Scholarly Contributions


On Sunday, November 21, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) honored Marc Lamont Hill, Associate Professor of English Education, with its 2010 David H. Russell Research Award, for the scholarly contributions of his book, Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity, a participant/observer ethnographic study of a hip-hop literature course that Hill co-taught in a Philadelphia alternative school program. The book was released by TC Press in 2009.

The award announcement posted on the NCTE Web site says that “the book succeeds on multiple levels: theoretical, representational, and reflective. Hill thoroughly explains hip-hop culture and makes a case for its position in the curriculum, providing a well-grounded context for the pedagogy he designed.”

As part of the honor, Hill received a plaque from the NCTE, as well as a $500 prize. The award was conferred at the NCTE’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida.

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