Let’s confer 

Now that Detroit electronic music is moving from cult to mainstream status, it should be no surprise (though still a thrill) to see legendary techno DJ Carl Craig giving the keynote address at a conference organized by Wayne State University’s American Studies Program on Friday, March 30. Titled Y/X (Youth/Exchange), this one-day interdisciplinary get-together for undergrads and grads alike (and any fans or general-public types who care to drop by) focuses on the theme of “Being Teen-Aged: The Creation of Identity Within and Beyond Cultural Boundaries.” Student panels from 1-5 p.m. in the WSU Student Center (second floor) will discuss a range of vital issues, from teen music to fashion trends to violence, to representations of teens in TV and film, and even the history of the idea of adolescence itself. And since this is a thinking-person’s event (without the Marlboros), there’ll also be a look at teens in literature, the ways they get conceived and written. Craig’s talk (not to forget) is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium of the Undergraduate Library. Aside from giving us the chance to apply the old gray matter to something that matters, the sessions have something else cool about them: They’re free, with a reception to follow at the Cass Cafe (4620 Cass, Detroit) where everybody can schmooze to the beat of percolating brainwaves. For more info, contact Julianne Newmark in the English Department at ad6271@wayne.edu.

The Hot & the Bothered was written and edited by George Tysh. E-mail him at gtysh@metrotimes.com

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