On November 18 and 19, California State University’s Northridge campus will host its first-annual Academic Hip-Hop Conference. The two-day affair organized by the Department of Pan-African Studies will feature performances local artists, Sire Records emcee/producer Blu as well as U-N-I co-founder Thurz.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing together students, faculty and members of the community to discuss the relationship between hip-hop and academia,” said CSUN Pan-African studies professor Anthony Ratcliff, one of the organizers of the event.

A panel discussion will also take place, featuring former manager of Tupac Shakur, Leila Steinberg, Rihanna songwriter James Fauntleroy, Strange Music A&P/Head of Publicity Richie Abbott and veteran music journalist Slav Kandyba.

Tickets are $15 to the general public, with reduced rates to students and staff. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the conference website.