Author and Black culture expert Tricia Rose will speak about “Hip Hop and Racial Storytelling in the Age of Obama” Oct. 18, 6 p.m., at the University of Richmond. She will speak in Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room. The program is part of the WILL and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies lecture series.

Rose, professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University, will discuss the cross of racial power, peril and possibilities generated by highly visible commercial hip hop. Specifically, she will consider the role hip-hop plays in helping create meaningful cross-racial imagination, conversation and action.

Rose’s book, “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America,” received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and was voted among the top 25 books of 1995 by the Village Voice. Rose has written two other books and been featured on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and other national and local media outlets for her seminars and workshops on race in America, popular culture and gender and sexuality.

Brown received a Ph.D. in American studies from Brown University. For more information, call 804-289-8578.