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08-21-2015

Cultural Diplomat, Spoken Word Poet and Educator Kane Smego to Speak at Clarkson University on Immigration

Cultural diplomat, spoken word poet and educator Kane Smego will speak at Clarkson University.

Kane SmegoHis presentation, "Imaginary Borders: An honest discussion about immigration!," will take place on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Clarkson's Student Center (#15 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf) is co-sponsored the student group SPECTRUM. The event is free and open to the public.

As a non-Latino Spanish speaker, Kane Smego also explores his role as an ally in the fight for immigrant rights, and challenges students to think critically about the issues of citizenship and migration, as well as what it means to be a member of a global community.

Smego is an internationally touring spoken word poet and hip hop artist, cultural diplomat, National Poetry Slam finalist, and the co-founder and former artistic director of the award-winning, youth arts nonprofit Sacrificial Poets, based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina.

He has performed and conducted programs all across the U.S. and abroad in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central America, and has taught a college course on spoken word and oral history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In the summer of 2011, Smego helped create and lead the Poetic Portraits of a Revolution project that traveled to Egypt and Tunisia to collect stories of the popular revolutions, and adapted them to spoken word poems that were broadcast in an eight-week radio series on National Public Radio affiliate WUNC.

Smego is currently part of Next Level, a Hip Hop cultural diplomacy and education project headed by the U.S. State Department and UNC Chapel Hill, which sent him, along with a team of artists, to run a program in Zimbabwe in 2015.

Smego has toured with the legendary Black Ice from Def Poetry Jam and award-winning poet Patricia Smith, and was featured on the King Mez debut album, My Everlasting Zeal, alongside such accomplished artists as Lupe Fiasco’s producer, Soundtrakk, and Grammy Award-nominee J. Cole.

He was a presenter at the Shriver Report Live hosted by the Atlantic magazine and  the keynote speaker for the Global Youth Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., and has presented  lectures and workshops on leadership, education, arts and social justice, and community engagement at many conferences and universities.

Smego is the primary author of the "YouTh ink." curriculum that uses poetry and Hip Hop to help youths and adults tell their own stories, and challenges them to transform themselves and their communities through the use of the spoken and written word.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ksmego.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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