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Pharoahe Monch’s PTSD: Hip-Hop, Black Men, and Mental Health

November 1st, 2017
12:00 PM


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem

A light lunch will be served.

In this wide-ranging talk, acclaimed Queens-based hip-hop artist Pharoahe Monch discusses his career, musical influences, and struggle with depression — a theme whose broader social and political implications he explored on his 2014 concept album, P.T.S.D. Moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Co-sponsored by Duke Performances and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Photo credit: Peter Goodbody.



Post-Event Coverage

Gabby Bulgarelli | The Durham VOICE

Pharoahe Monch Reflects on PTSD, Performs With PitchBlak Brass

The day after his 45th birthday, Queens-based rapper Pharoahe Monch settled into his seat in the Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics. Monch is no stranger to Durham, his most recent visit being last spring when he performed at Art of Cool Fest. This time, however, his purpose was greater: a week in residence at Duke University. Monch spent his week attending Duke’s renowned History of Hip Hop Class (co-taught by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal and 9th Wonder), offering guidance to students, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and performing at the Reynolds Industries Theater. CONTINUE READING


Pharoahe Monch

Hip-Hop Artist

Pharoahe Monch is a rapper from Queens, New York, known for his complex lyrics, delivery, and internal and multisyllabic rhyme schemes. As a member of the 90s duo Organized Konfusion, Monch developed a reputation as one of underground hip-hop's preeminent voices, crafting intricate, intelligent ...

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Mark Anthony Neal

Duke University

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on ...

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