“Professor Lyrical” is an artist and educator known for utilizing Hip Hop culture to empower citizens to self-advocate for socioeconomic change. A critically acclaimed and award winning emcee, lyricist, and poet, Professor Lyrical—AKA Dr. Peter Michael Plourde—has been a virtual case study for effectively blending the worlds of academia and Hip Hop. Chuck D of Public Enemy calls Professor Lyrical a "RAPademic reacher" and has publicly endorsed his "book and wonderful cd [Put Em All To Shame]." Lyrical's Tedx Talk, “The Transformative Power of Hip Hop” argues that colleges and universities ought to be more cognizant of the power of Hip Hop culture as a tool to help increase the numbers of diverse graduates across STEAM disciplines. Lyrical is more than a rapper with a moniker implying that he is crafty and intelligent wordsmith, rather he is an actual university professor having taught nearly 150 college courses spanning across 11 higher education institutions since the mid 2000s.
Dr. Plourde is an Associate Professor at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)—the only public HBCU in the nations' capital and the only urban land-grant university the country. Plourde also serves as the University's Community College campus Faculty Development Specialist. New to the District, Professor Lyrical won the prestigious “Pitch and Flow” emcee battle in September of 2017 at the legendary Kennedy Center. Hosted by MC Lyte, the battle paired established rappers with international social entrepreneurs (Lyrical was paired with Kenya's SunCulture CEO, Samir Ibrahim). The Professor has been a keynote speaker, performer, and guest lecturer for a multitude of institutions, including UDC where he was featured at UDC's Fall 2017 Convocation. Lyrical has been covered in countless media publications, including a cover story in The Boston Globe, mentions in Essence, XXL, and Vibe, and features in the Chronicle of Education and on local and national TV programming as unexpected as Animal Planet and the Wheel of Fortune. His album, Put Em All To Shame, is packaged with an accompanying 200 page book, Put Em All To Shame (The Curriculum). The collective work is known as "the world's first albook."
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