First, there was Chamillionaire, who, despite the fact that at Stanford “ridin’ dirty” means biking without a bike light, came to Stanford to talk with Quincy Jones III about innovation (the classic Stanford buzz word).
Then, there was Immortal Technique (same link as above), talking about social justice issues.
Then, there was Afroman, who was not talking about social justice issues. Nor was he talking, but that’s irrelevant.
And now, the Stanford Speakers Bureau, Hillel at Stanford and the Jewish Student Association are bringing Hasidic reggae star and rapper Matisyahu to Memorial Auditorium to talk about “Music and Meaning.” Matisyahu (born Matthew Miller) is the closest real-life anthropomorphized version of the Hebrew Hammer, and he has gained a wide following among listeners of all faiths–his most recent album held the top spot on the Billboard reggae charts for nearly 30 weeks.
This will certainly be an interesting lecture, as it claims to incorporate speech and song. Knowing Stanford students, this lecture will be extraordinarily popular, but Matisyahu might have to take third place in the competition of recent speakers that Stanford students idolize: Bill Gates was on campus two weeks ago, and Steven Chu–who is perhaps the most popular Cabinet member ever for nerds–came on March 8th and both lectures sold out immediately.
Details: Tickets for Matisyahu are available free with SUID, or $22 for non-SUID holders at http://tickets.stanford.edu or at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm. Pick up tickets Sunday – Thursday (5/2 – 5/6) in White Plaza from 12-1PM. 1 ticket per SUID and 2 SUIDs per person.