New book and online class launch celebration Feb. 19 at Alley Kat


David Ruth

New book and online class launch celebration Feb. 19 at Alley Kat

HOUSTON – (Feb. 16, 2015) – Houston’s hip-hop community will host the launch of a new book from Rice University’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s (CERCL) at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Houston’s Alley Kat, 3718 Main St. The book, “Break Bread, Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip-Hop — A Basic Guide to Key Issues,” was authored by the CERCL Writing Collective.

The writing group’s mentor, Anthony Pinn, Rice professor of religion, and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, a CERCL distinguished visiting lecturer, will also be honored by the hip-hop community for their forthcoming new free online edX course, Religion and Hip-Hop Culture.

Who: CERCL Writing Collective, Anthony Pinn and Bun B.

What: Book launch for “Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip-Hop — A Basic Guide to Key Issues.”

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

Where: Alley Kat, 3718 Main St., Houston.

“Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats” is a project where 10 people “write as one voice to illuminate the ways that hip-hop and the black church agree, disagree and inform each other on key topics.”

The book grew out of the popular religion and hip-hop classroom course offered at Rice by Pinn and Bun B, and it offers “engaging insights into one of today’s most important musical genres and reflects on its broad cultural impact.”

The Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course, RELI157x, is the first massive open online course for Pinn and Bun B. It is built upon and expands the popular class they have taught together at Rice University.



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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.