Performance: First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Founded by University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble is a groundbreaking collective of spoken word poets, emcees, dancers, singers, actors, and activists from across the United States. First Wave brings together top artists and scholars into a unique community to create progressive and innovative art. Under the artistic direction of Chris Walker, the Touring Ensemble has performed in England, Mexico, Panama, Ghana, South Africa, and Jamaica as well as across the United States, including featured performances on Broadway. First Wave will open the conference with its latest exploration and interpretation of power, identity, and personal and social responsibility.