ALLELE Series Brings Canadian Rap Artist and Scholar to UA

Baba Brinkman hosted by evolution lecture series

Baba Brinkman

Baba Brinkman will bring his unique “peer-reviewed rap” to the UA campus on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The University of Alabama begins its 2013-2014 Alabama’s Lecture on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE) Series this week with a performance by Baba Brinkman, a Canadian rapper and scholar. Brinkman’s lecture will take place Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Biology Building auditorium (room 127). The event is free and open to the public.

This year marks the eighth year for ALLELE, which is an interdisciplinary lecture series organized by UA’s Evolution Working Group.

Brinkman earned a master’s degree in medieval and Renaissance English literature and his thesis drew parallels between the worlds of hip-hop music and literary poetry. Brinkman is also a recent recipient of the National Center for Science Education’s “Friend of Darwin Award” for his efforts to improve understanding of evolutionary biology.

As a rap artist, Brinkman has written or co-written five hip-hop theatre shows including The Canterbury Tales Remixed, The Rap Guide to Evolution, and The Rebel Cell, with MC Dizraeli. Brinkman has recorded and released 10 rap albums since 2004.

The Rap Guide to Evolution has toured the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The rap show was also featured at three regional TED conferences and on The Rachel Maddow Show.

The ALLELE Series is supported by UA’s College of Arts and Sciences and its departments of anthropology, biological sciences, communicative disorders, geological sciences, philosophy and religious studies.