Tech in the News: OutKast in Class: Using Hip-Hop to Teach Social Justice

Joycelyn Wilson

Posted February 7, 2017

External Article: NPR

Joycelyn Wilson, visiting professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, was interviewed in “OutKast in Class: Using Hip-Hop to Teach Social Justice,” a segement on NPR's All Things Considered.


The Georgia Institute of Technology is known for graduating its students from nationally-ranked programs in science, technology, engineering and math.

A new class taught by visiting professor Dr. Joyce Wilson is using hip-hop to take those students down a more creative pathway than their STEM studies to learn about issues such as race, poverty and cultural identity.

The class is titled “Exploring the Lyrics of OutKast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice.”

Dr. Wilson joined me in the studio to explain why she’s teaching trap at Tech.

For the full article, read here.