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CHS Freshman Seminar Class Hosts Local Scholars

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Students in Ms. Keziah LaTorre's Freshman Seminar felt as though they went to college instead of high school on Wednesday, December 21st, as they were in the presence of two professors who are making names for themselves in the world of academia.

Dr. Imaani El-Burki, professor of Africana and Media Studies at Lehigh University paid a visit to discuss her work. Imaani Jamillah El-Burki is a media scholar whose work investigates intersectionality. Her research examines the ways in which media representations of various social groups become visual, textual and linguistic expressions of both dominant and peripheral definitions of difference. She further investigates the relationship between media representation, media framing and individual and collective identity; social policy; and existing social hierarchies. A graduate of Cheltenham High School, Dr. El-Burki was a Pre/Post-Doc Fellow for Africana Studies and holds a Ph.D. from Drexel University in Communication, Culture and Media.

Dr. James Braxton Peterson, hip hop historian and MSNBC commentator, also addressed the class on Wednesday. James Braxton Peterson is the Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. He is the author of several books, The Hip Hop Underground and African American Culture, Prison Industrial Complex for Beginners and Hip Hop Headphones: A Scholar’s Critical Playlist. Peterson hosts “The Remix” on Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate, WHYY. “The Remix” is a podcast that engages issues at the intersection of race, politics, and popular culture. Peterson has written for, The Guardian, The LA Times, Reuters, and The Daily Beast. He is a media commentator and has appeared on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN, HLN, Fox News, and other networks as an expert on race, politics, and popular culture. Wednesday marked Dr. El Burki's second visit to Freshman Seminar and Dr. Peterson's first. Both have agreed to come back to complete follow up discussions with Ms. LaTorre's students.