Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Book Launch: She Begat This:
20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
by Joan Morgan

Joan Morgan in conversation with Brittney Cooper, Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies,
Rutgers University

Celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed and influential debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with award-winning feminist author and journalist Joan Morgan. Released in 1998, Lauryn Hill’s first solo album is often cited by music critics as one of the most important recordings in modern history. Artists from Beyoncé to Nicki Minaj to Janelle Monáe have claimed it as an inspiration, and it was recently included in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, as well as named the second greatest album by a woman in history by NPR (right behind Joni Mitchell’s Blue).

Time: – 6:00-8:00 pm
Location:  Silver Center-NYU, Jurow Lecture Hall,
100 Washington Square East, Room 101A, 1st floor
(between Waverly Place and Washington Place)

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Joan Morgan is an award-winning feminist author and a doctoral candidate in NYU’s American Studies program. A pioneering hip-hop journalist, Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost. Her book has been used in college coursework across the country. Regarded internationally as an expert on the topics of hip-hop and gender, Morgan has made numerous television and radio appearances — among them MTV, BET, VH-1, CNN, WBAI’s The Spin: The All Women’s Media Panel and The Melissa Harris Perry Show. Morgan has been a Visiting Instructor at Duke University where she taught The History of Hip-Hop Journalism, a Visiting Research Scholar at Vanderbilt University and Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University’s Institute for the Diversity of the Arts where she was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Dr. St. Clair Drake Teaching Award for her course The Pleasure Principle: A Post-Hip Hop Search for a Black Feminist Politics of Pleasure. She is the first Visiting Scholar to ever receive the award. She is also a recipient of the 2015 Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship, the 2015 Penfield Fellowship and the 2016 American Fellowship Award. Morgan is currently working on her dissertation It’s About Time We Got Off: Claiming a Pleasure Politic in Black Feminist Thought. In 2018 Simon & Schuster published her book She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed and influential debut album.

Brittney Cooper is a writer, teacher, and public speaker. She thinks Black feminism can change the world for the better. Dr. Cooper is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is co-founder of the popular Crunk Feminist Collective blog. And she is a contributing writer for and a former contributor to Her cultural commentary has been featured on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, Al Jazeera’s Third Rail, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, PBS,,,, and Dr. Cooper is co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press 2017). She is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, May 2017) and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s, February 2018).


Co-sponsored by Tisch School of the Arts
Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,
Department of Photography & Imaging, and the
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis