Dr. White Hodge is available to lecture, present, and/ or workshop on any of the following subjects:
Hip Hop Studies (History, spirituality, gender/ sexuality, & race)
Youth & Popular Culture (Gaming, Television, & Film)
Adolescent Development (Urban & City)
Religion & Media (Film, Gaming, & Interpretation)
Media Analysis & Process (Methodology)
The Impact of Western Youth Culture
Critical Race Issues
Race, Missions, & White Supremacy
Youth Ministry (urban, suburban, & rural)
Missiology & Missions (Short term & abroad)
Biblical racial reconciliation
Communicating The Gospel
Hip Hop & Youth Ministry
Dan is available to speak on many different topics. He brings with him a contemporary interactive speaking style complete with humor, multimedia, and audio/ visual components to liven his topics. To see a listing of his topics, click here!
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Daniel White Hodge, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University in Chicago. Dr. Hodge has worked in the urban youth and Hip Hop context for over 20 years. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal Of Hip Hop Studies.
Dr. Hodge, a Hip Hop scholar and urban youth specialist, focuses on Hip Hop Studies, urban/ city youth culture & development, race relations, film, pop culture trends, and spirituality. Having received his PhD from Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, his dissertation focused on the life, theology, and spiritual message of Tupac Amaru Shakur (TITLE: Baptized in Dirty Water: The Missiological Gospel of Tupac Amaru Shakur). He graduated cum laude from Cal State Monterey Bay where he focused on academic attainment and self-esteem among African American Adolescents.
Dan has been a lecturer in the Pan African Studies department at Cal State Los Angeles & at Citrus College in the Sociology department. He has taught in higher education for over a decade and has published through Brill academic, VDM Academic, Inner Varsity Press, John Knox Press, and PRISM magazine (along with various blogs & Internet websites). In addition, he has published articles in journals such as Memphis Theological Seminary Journal, NOMOS, & Missiology: An International Review to name just a few. Dr. Hodge continues his scholarly agenda and is currently investigating the spirituality, nominality, and theological development of emerging young adults in urban/ city contexts; additionally, he is also working on a manuscript investigating neo-colonialism & White supremacy within short term missions to city contexts.
Dr. White Hodge is also a national speaker and has spoken at the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and theUrban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI) national conferences. As a speaker, writer, and activist, Dan has spoken on many college campuses including Stanford University, UCLA, USC, & Union Theological Seminary. Dan also teaches classes around the world on subjects such as Culture, Personality, & The Self; Hip Hop 101; and diversity awareness.
Dan has been involved with Hip Hop culture all his life. As a former music producer, Dan helped mix Bone Thugs & Harmony's first album E 1999 Eternal, along with Beastie Boys DJ Hurricane's album. Dan also helped in the formation of different background tracks for the first two seasons of New York Undercover. He continues to remain closely tuned into the music of Hip Hop.
As a social activist, Dan co-founded the youth organization Youth On The Move which worked with pregnant teen moms, helped juvenile offenders find employment, and developed life skills for urban youth. This program went on to partner with Urban Young Life in the Bay Area of California.Dan has worked on a number of different community-based campaigns/ programs using Hip Hop to address issues of race/ ethnicity , gender based violence, literacy and immigration.
Dr. White Hodge's most recent book is "The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs, & The Soul of A Culture"(2010, IVP). This book deals with the theology and spirituality of Hip Hop culture in the post-soul era. It is a result of over 4 years of research and provides new insights into the complexity of Hip Hop. Dr. Hodge's other book is "Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur" (2009, VDM Academic). This book deals with the socio-theological aspects and dimensions of rapper and Hip Hop prophet Tupac Shakur. It uses narrative methodology & combines active interviews to form a unique interpretation of theology in the midst of the urban context. His current book, The Hostile Gospel: Exploring the Socio-Religious Traits In The Post Soul Theology of Hip Hop (2014, Brill Academic) is an exploration of the last 35 years of Hip Hop music and includes interviews from artists such as Scarface, Propaganda, Lecrae, and other rap artists. It is scheduled to be released late 2014.
Along with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Mahalia Joy, they currently reside in Chicago, where they volunteer and network with various urban organizations and speak at local colleges. Approaching life as a team, they work together in the community of North Chicago (West Rodgers Park) and have a deep sense of and desire for social justice.
Daniel White Hodge, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University in Chicago. Currently, his research and community engagement explore the intersections of faith, critical race theory, justice, Hip Hop culture, and youth culture. His two current books are Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel & Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur (VDM 2009), and The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rimbs, Timbs, & A Cultural Theology (IVP 2010). He is currently finishing a book titled The Hostile Gospel: Exploring the Socio-Theological Traits inThe Post Soul Context of Hip Hop (Brill, late 2015). His upcoming book Between God & Kanye: Youth Ministry in a Post-Civil Rights Era (IVP 2016) will break new ground in youth minstry studies and is co-authored with Pastor Russell St. Bernard.
With 23 years of youth work experience, Daniel White Hodge, PhD, is a recognized urban youth culture expert & cultural literacy scholar. Dr. Hodge is the Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Associate Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University in Chicago. His research interests are the intersections of faith, Hip Hop culture, race/ethnicity, & young adult ethnic-minority emerging generations.Dr. Hodge has worked in the urban youth and Hip Hop context for over 20 years and continues to focus on justice & disparity issues as it concerns ethnic-minority populations. He has worked for and with organizations such as Young Life and World Vision and has done work with undocumented youth in Los Angeles.His three books are Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel & Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur (VDM 2009), The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rimbs, Timbs, & A Cultural Theology (IVP 2010), Hip Hop’s Hostile Gospel: A Post Soul Theological Exploration (Brill Academic 2017) and He is currently working on a co-authored book titled Between God & Kanye: Youth Ministry in a Post-Civil Rights Era (IVP Academic, late 2017) with Irene Cho (Fuller’s Youth Institute). Dr. Hodge and his wife, Emily, reside in Chicago with their dancing/ acting daughter, Mahalia.
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Immigration is a topic that arouses much anger and hostility for many. For still others, there is a sense of this “loss of a country” that takes place and some even feel this xenophobic emotion toward anyone who is not “legal.” Moreover, when the term immigration is raised, it comes with certain connotations and rhetorical history, which also denotes a racialized implication which results in “Brown” people being implicated as the only type of immigrant. To make things even worse, propaganda, hate mongering through media discourses, and a history of both xenophobia (an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange) and racism complicate the issue even further. Additionally, post 9/11 America presents new found challenges for any ethnic minority, but especially those who are of Middle Eastern decent. Adalberto Aguirre and Jonathan Turner record that:
“The tragic events of September 11, 2001 transformed America’s awareness of persons noticeably different from the Anglo-Saxon core. ‘Suspicious’ became a term for describing anyone who dressed differently, spoke a language other than English, or professed different religious beliefs. ‘Terrorist’ became the label for restricting the freedom of anyone who sounded or looked un-American. Unsurprisingly, after September 11, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities became perceived as suspected terrorists in American society” (In American Ethnicity: The Dynamic & Consequences of Discrimination  p.xv).
Thus, the issue of immigration plays on the long culture of fear, which has helped to pass laws such as the one in Arizona. Fear makes people do strange things. In fact, fear is a powerful tool to get people groups—particularly nations—to pass legislation which tends to favor the majority and or those in elite status. This issue of immigration is nothing new for the United States.
For example, in the years pre-Civil War (about 1815-1855), there was great turmoil and upheaval in the country:
Fear is caused by many things:
But one of the most destructive causes of fear, which tends to lead people to do horrendous things, is lying, or, as we call it today-Spin. Spin—the act of drawing out and playing down major issues or volatile events for favorable outcomes—has dominated particularly political spheres and speeches for the last 45 years. What has made this even more dangerous is that horrific results come of this—The Iraq war for oil, the torturing of detainees—and, when done in the “right way” spin can have lasting effects: the Patriot Act. Hence, the issue of immigration we have today.
Most of the issues surrounding immigration have nothing to do with those who are already “here.” Moreover, if we were to deport all those “illegal’s” most of us would hate to pay $25 for a head of lettuce, $4000 for a prom dress on sale, $2500 for landscape jobs, and $30 for a meal at McDonalds. The fact is, “illegal’s” play a very important role in American society; they subsidize the rich and upper middle class lifestyles. Moreover, “illegals” create a buffer zone for “cheaper prices” and “bargains” in the fashion industry, automobile industry, food industry, and even the medical industry. The very notion that American wants “Them” out is both hypocritical and duplicitous; it is a slap in the face to those who work to have a better life here in a country that was founded on hostile immigrant take over. Moreover, those who really want to do this country harm either are already here or have the corporate financing to avoid the trivial laws set in place.
Let us take a closer look at this through satire. Satire helps to bring issues into focus while poking fun at simplistic areas. This video clip below is a perfect example of what I mean:
We should open our minds and read our history. As Cornel West states all the time, “This is the United States of Amnesia” and the amnesic coma is deepening. “A lie told long enough becomes truth” Vladimir Lenin.
Did you catch Saturday Night Live last week? Well, there was a skit on the comedy satire that showed Governor Paterson of New York as a blind coke head bumbling his way around. Was this too far? Did SNL "cross the line?" Was race a factor? Are we all just a little too sensitive? Where does the line get drawn? I'm curious to see what you all think...here is the video and let's sound off: