E. Oks

Evan Okun '13 began rapping in Bennett Park, across the street from his apartment in Washington Heights, Manhattan.  While at Wesleyan his interest in rap merged with a growing passion for spoken word poetry.  He taught a class on hip-hop at a juvenile detention center near Wesleyan.  He is interested in how music can cultivate critical thinking and be used to reengage students who have a dysfunctional relationship with school.  Evan is a founder of The Freestyle Collective, a freestyle rap group backed by six-piece band.   Freestyle ciphers are one of several expressive genres explored in the class.  Evan uses written work to examine societal injustice and Buddhist philosophy.