The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Sunday, April 25 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Public Writing For Academics w/ Hua Hsu and Oliver Wang (Room A: Sky Church)

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Public Writing For Academics w/ Hua Hsu and Oliver Wang (Room A: Sky Church)

With support from Critical Minded, the Pop Convergence is expanding our mentorship offerings with seven hour-long sessions designed to assist up-and-coming music writers from underrepresented and marginalized communities. All sessions are now filled for direct participants but this is a public session that audience members are allowed into.

Session Description: The goal of this session is to discuss ways in which academics and scholars can seek opportunities to bring their expertise to a wider, public audience. Especially in a time of rampant misinformation and anti-intellectualism, informed voices are more important than ever but it's not always easy to bridge scholarly expertise over to general audiences without making a concerted attempt at writing with greater legibility and understanding what venues would be most open to having academics contribute essays, op-eds, etc. Both speakers have spent their professional lives split between academia and journalism and will be offering suggestions on how to navigate between those spheres. 

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Oliver Wang

Professor of Sociology, CSU-Long Beach
Oliver Wang is a professor of sociology at CSU-Long Beach and the author of Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area (Duke Univ. Press, 2015). He is a founding member of the Pop Conference Executive Committee, chair of the 2021 Pop Convergence... Read More →
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Hua Hsu

Associate Professor/Staff Writer, Vassar College/The New Yorker
Hua Hsu is a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of the forthcoming memoir, Stay True. He is an associate professor of English at Vassar College and serves on the boards of the Asian American Writers Workshop and Critical Minded, an initiative to support cultural critics of... Read More →

Sunday April 25, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room A: Sky Church