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Wednesday, April 17 • 2:30pm - 2:45pm
A More Perfect Union: Code Switching and Hip Hop’s Influence in the Administration of Barack Obama

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"Na, we straight" was the remark that was heard nation-wide out of the mouth of our then President Barack Obama. Many questions arose as to who Barack truly was, and how unpresidential it was for him to speak in African American Vernacular English. Obama uses 'code switching' - that is, switching between two or more dialects of a language to relate himself to his supporters. For my research topic, I will be focusing on Barack Obama’s use of code-switching as persuasive discourse as well as the influence of hip hop into both of the administrations of Obama.

Wednesday April 17, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm
RIC 120
  • Moderator Nancy Marck